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Fear No Evil

3.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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High school student turns out to be personification of Lucifer. Two arch angels in human form (as women) take him on.

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  • Actors: Stefan Arngrim, Elizabeth Hoffman, Kathleen Rowe McAllen, Frank Birney, Daniel Eden
  • Directors: Frank LaLoggia
  • Writers: Frank LaLoggia
  • Producers: Frank LaLoggia, Becky Morrison, Carl R. Reynolds, Charles M. LaLoggia, Chris Fabiaschi
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fear No Evil" on IMDb

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Review by Nickolas Cook

What do you get when you mix a rock and roll teen movie with devil horror? Of course, you get FEAR NO EVIL, Frank LaLoggia's 1980 low budget drive-in masterpiece of young lust and a vengeful Satan.

For those of you unfamiliar with the movie it's a simple tale of three angels, now in contemporary human forms, who must destroy a young satanic youth (played straight faced by uber-Goth looking Stefan Arngrim), possessed by an ancient Lucifer. The forms that the three defending angels take, an elderly priest, his aged serenely spirited sister, and a young innocent high school girl, are only slightly reminiscent of THE EXORCIST, but owe a great deal to the success of Friedken's bigger budget devil scare. Thrown into the mix, we have teen sex, drinking, drugs, guns, fighting (even a fatal game of dodge ball), and lots of very cool 80s style alternative music. The soundtrack alone is worth the viewing.

But the strengths of the film lay mostly in the older actors' strong performances, as they work hard to make the mostly silly plot believable. Arngrim also turns in a stark, maybe at times a bit overacted, performance as the reincarnated Lucifer. His reactions tend to pull us along with him, and make him a very sympathetic evil. The unfortunate casting of a talentless young Kathleen Rowe McAllen is the biggest detraction from the movie, as she looks woefully into the camera and tries hard to convince as a high school girl. But she does almost nothing to help the ailing plot, and seems almost an afterthought to the cast.

FEAR NO EVIL has a quick beginning, but lags in the middle, as it stumbles through a couple of wasted sub-plots that fall short of logic and emotion.
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Have you ever sat through a film, and then after it was over, wondered at all the things you could have better spent time you just used watching said film? That happened to me tonight after watching Fear No Evil (1981)...the back of the DVD case states `Fear No Evil marked the extraordinary debut of 26-year-old writer/director/co-producer/composer Frank LaLoggia and remains one of the most startling horror films of the 80's'...I'd probably take exception with the usage of the terms `extraordinary' and `startling', as they seem to apply to another I already mentioned, the film was written and directed by Frank LaLoggia, and stars Stefan Arngrim (Class of 1984). Also appearing in the film is Kathleen Rowe McAllen (As the World Turns, All My Children), Elizabeth Hoffman (Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!) and a bunch of people I couldn't recognize, probably because their collective credits indicate they're all pretty much bit actors, and had decent screen time here only because they were willing to work cheaply.

The film starts off pretty well, as we witness a battle between what is supposed to be the devil incarnate and a priest, and the holy roller wins out...but don't count old Scratch out yet, as he makes a comeback in the form of a baby named Andrew. After one of the more exciting (and bloody) christenings I've seen, we fast-forward about 17 years to see a grown Andrew, played by Arngrim, a gangly, straight A student and senior in high school...oh yeah, and he's also the devil incarnate (I wonder where that fits in on his transcripts).
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This slice of early 80's Horror could be a guilty pleasure for many. A real Ham & Cheese type of movie (hammy acting, cheesy movie) about the second coming of Lucifer in the guise of a high school introvert being pursued by reincarnated forms of the arc-angels in a small town in upstate New York. Director LaLoggia (who would go on to direct the far more spooky Lady in White) has a flair for detail as well as the absurd. There are dozens of throwaway characters, a very unattractive heroine (IMO), some awful 80's style "special effects", zombies that look like they fell asleep in a bowl of oatmeal, and one of the funniest death scenes in the annals of horror when a possessed gym teacher kills a student by throwing a dodgeball at him.
Despite the shortcomings, it is a guilty pleasure and moves at a nice pace (and an excellent soundtrack). La Loggia does illustrate a nice touch in some scenes with a creepy atmosphere (particularly the death scene involving the character acting as Jesus during the play commemorating the Passion). As the movie progresses however, it does give the audience the impression of being a "Christian horror movie", by becoming overtly preachy. It left me with the feeling that I had watched a movie produced by the same folks who made Omega Code, only with more violence. As for the ending, well.....laughably bad. But take it with a dose of salt.
If you rent it based on the creepy cover art and expect a zombie filled, gory horror movie you'll be sorely disappointed. Go in with the expectation of watching a cheesy piece of brain candy and it'll be far more tolerable.
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