One of the best episodes of Shudder’s revival thus far. Larry Cohen’s 1982 cult classic about an Aztec God resurrected in modern-day New York City is not only still as charming, but in fact the passage of time has been kind to it. There’s a lightning-in-a-bottle feel to the whole movie, from the grimy, dirty New York City that no longer exists, to Cohen’s gonzo filmmaking style, to Michael Moriarty’s extraordinary method performance, to the charming stop-motion animation, it’s just unlike anything else. Joe Bob Briggs is downright exuberant over this one, and his enthusiasm can’t help but extend to the enraptured audience, which enhances the powerful communal experience that Shudder has managed to establish with this wonderful revival. If you can only watch one of Joe Bob’s new episodes, this should be it.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)