The Pyx

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The Pyx
Directed byHarvey Hart
Produced byJulian Hoffman
StarringKaren Black
Christopher Plummer
Music byHarry Freedman (music)
Karen Black (vocals)
CinematographyRene Verzier
Edited byRon Wisman
Release date
September 13, 1973 (Canada)
October 1973 (US)
Running time
108 min.
Budget$1,000,000 (estimated, Canadian)

The Pyx, also known as The Hooker Cult Murders and La Lunule, is a 1973 Canadian supernatural thriller film based on John Buell's 1959 book of the same name, and starring Karen Black and Christopher Plummer.


A motorist witnesses a woman falling or jumping from a tenement building. Police arrive on the scene and find a crucifix and a small metal container (a pyx). While investigating the death, a detective in the city of Montreal enters the world of prostitution, drug addiction, conspiracy, and the occult. As the investigation continues, it is revealed that the dead woman is Elizabeth Lucy, a prostitute and heroin addict. Suspects in Elizabeth's death are soon murdered one by one, and evidence of occult ritual begins to surface, leading to a confrontation with a cult leader who may be possessed by Satan himself.

The Pyx alternates from after Elizabeth's death to before, until the climax.



Filming began on August 24, 1972, and was completed on October 2, 1972. It was filmed in Montreal, Canada, and includes much French dialog, alongside the main dialog in English.

Ken Flaherty, the director of The Doomed Gallery in Dalston, accidentally destroyed a print of the film. Whilst he working he was ifcs, a film cleaning company in Park Royal, he put the reel on a film cleaning machine and went for a cigarette, only to come back and discover that he had destroyed the print.


The music was composed by Harry Freedman, with actress Karen Black lending her vocal talents.

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