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"Evilspeak" opens in the distant past by showing a group of Spaniards excommunicating Esteban (Richard Moll) and his followers from the Church for blasphemous activities. What sorts of activities? The movie doesn't spend much time explaining what these folks are doing, but we do see Esteban performing some sort of bizarre ritual on the beach immediately before sacrificing a young lady to his dark deities. Flash forward to the present--meaning 1981 or 1982--to a soccer game at the West Andover Military Academy. Stanley Coopersmith (Howard) trips at a critical moment and loses the game for the team.Read more ›
Clint Howard is a downtrodden military school cadet who no one likes - he is beaten up by his fellow classmates, smacked around by his teachers, and beaten by the school chaplain (!). In despair, Clint conjures a long-dead devil through an Apple II computer. (Yep, it turns out the Steve Jobs is evil incarnate after all!) Who knew that Satan's minions could be called with an old Apple II with a dual-floppy drive? Wouldn't it be easier to just call collect?
An explosive and gory revenge-fest follows....with explosions, swords, and wild pigs. Pigs were great in 'Hannibal', but this movie did it first.
Clint Howard's only problem is the inevitable comparisons to Ron Howard. But Clint is a fine genre actor and he brings some fine moments to this 'B' flick. But be warned, this movie is disturbing and extremely violent.
In this film, Clint plays Stanley Coopersmith, a cadet at a military school. Stanley possesses an above average IQ, is odd looking, an orphan, a loner, and is highly uncoordinated (his fumbling of the ball during the school's soccer matches leads to much angering of the other players along with the coach). All of these things add up to incessant picking on by a popular clique led by Bubba (played by Don Stark, whom I recognized but couldn't place until I read that he currently appears on the TV show That 70's Show as the goofy neighbor Bob Pinciotti...man, he's really changed, and not for the better). They harass Stanley constantly, playing all sorts of pranks on him and just making his life miserable.Read more ›
The underdog-gets-the-upperhand-via-the-supernatural plot of EVILSPEAK is cliche, but Clint Howard's affecting performance and Eric Weston's capable direction elevate the film above its formulaic roots. Gore fans won't be disappointed, as included in the blood-and-guts scenes are a decapitation, a nail through the forehead, an evisceration, and lots more. The flick is a bit sparse on the requisite T&A, though skin-seekers should find beautiful Lynn Hancock's shower scene quite enjoyable. Fans will recognize genre regular R.G. Armstrong--here playing the besotted Sarge--from such genre films as RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975), CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1984), and the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle PREDATOR (1987), among others.
The DVD from Anchor Bay is well worth the price of admission, featuring the uncut, unrated version of EVILSPEAK for the first time in the US. The digital transfer is very crisp and clean, offered the film in its original 1.77:1 aspect ratio (enhanced for widescreen TVs) with a clear Dolby 2.0 stereo soundtrack. Extras include a feature commentary with director Eric Weston and star Clint Howard, as well as the original theatrical trailer.
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An interesting horror film, released in the early 80's 1981 amongst the slasher horror film craze
the plot is a young Military cadet coopersmith played by Clint Howard who's... Read more
Average payback movie with not much thrill of the thriller until the endPublished 5 months ago by Steven Moore
A good classic b-movie, it was a blind by for me,never heard of it until now and loved it. The picture looks great, first time ever on blu-ray with addadditional scenes rumored to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by abacut cedillo
Old campy movies like this are great to find. Since the three stooges, the Howards have made great films.Published 10 months ago by David Trotman
This classic needs to be in your collection! In the dawn of the modern computer age; summoning demons has never been easier for Clint Howard. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Travis
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Kelly,you might be mixing two movies together.The one where the people get trapped in a museum is called Waxwork(starring Zach Galligan from Gremlins).The exhibits come to life/suck them in.Dracula comes to life in that one as well.The other movie with the genie(who's murderous and evil) is... Read More
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