BURNED AT THE STAKE
The Coming has a tameness that looks like one of the 1970s occult tv movies on similar subjects Crowhaven Farm (1970), The House that Would Not Die (1970). Susan Swift, who went through the possession routine a few years before in Audrey Rose (1977), comes across somewhat blank. This is perhaps understandable in light of the scripts confusion characters are able to cross back and forth between time-zones with remarkable and never-explained ease; one character materialises as a wax statue and starts running about without any noticeable difference; and Gordon seems unable make up his mind whether the witchcraft he depicts is real or not.
The Coming was little seen when it came out. If anything, it lacked the oomph to carry it in the 1980s exploitation genre it has no sex or blood; it is told straight-faced rather than tongue-in-cheek; and the killings by animated light effect are sorely lacking in any of the trashy-fun transformation effects of the product of contemporaries like Troma and Empire. Too boring to really be called bad.
Bert I. Gordons other films are: King Dinosaur (1955), The Cyclops (1957), Beginning of the End (1957), The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), Attack of the Puppet People (1958), Earth vs the Spider (1958), War of the Colossal Beast (1958), the fantasy adventure The Boy and the Pirates (1960), the ghost story Tormented (1960), the fantasy adventure The Magic Sword (1962), Village of the Giants (1965), the psycho-thriller Picture Mommy Dead (1966), the occult film Necromancy (1972), The Mad Bomber (1973), The Food of the Gods (1976), Empire of the Ants (1977) and the witchcraft film Malediction/Satans Princess (1990), and Secrets of a Psychopath (2015).
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