Film #106: ANGEL, ANGEL, DOWN WE GO (aka CULT OF THE DAMNED)
Angel, Angel, Down We Go (aka Cult of the Damned)
2 out of 5 stars
Robert Thom (writer of DEATH RACE 2000 and ALL THE FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS) directs this groovy counter culture take on family, wealth, and fitting in. The film stars the oddest collection of actors ever assembled. I mean, what casting agent brings folk singer Holly Near, the great character actor Charles Aidman, soul singer Lou Rawls, Roddy McDowell (LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE), Jordan Christopher (STAR 80), and Jennifer Jones (SONG OF BERNADETTE, LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED), into a room… let alone put them all into a movie. Lots of kaleidoscopic shots, long socio-political “death to the bourgeois” hippie rantings / monologues which are intermixed with 60s-era songs (all written by songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) that sound like something out of a PARTRIDGE FAMILY or MONKEES episode. The film tries so hard to capture the feeling of the 60s that it comes off kitschy and sorta ham-fisted. Honestly, I can’t believe this film isn’t a regular at Midnight Movie screenings. It’s absolutely bizarre. It’s also not a particularly good film. That said, it is perfect for those “WTF Film Parties” or for people who dig the that ‘60s esthetic, maaaaaan.