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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I watched the whole thing., July 10, 2007
This review is from: Evils of the Night (DVD)
Evils of the Night (Mardi Rustam, 1985)

This is another one of those movies where you find yourself asking "how on Earth did the people who made this movie talk these actors into doing this?" Not because the movie is inherently bad--it is, but producers, directors, and casting agents talk marginal actors into doing bad movies all the time--but because the quality of the actors, as a ratio to the quality of the film, is stunning.

A group of aliens (in what looks like a Toyota Corolla without wheels) come to earth and take over a hospital on an island known for summer-break partying. They need platelets from young humans in order to elongate their own lifespans. To this end, the aliens, headed by Drs. Kozmar (John Carradine) and Zarma (Julie Newmar), recruit two local mechanics, neither of whom has much in the way of brains, Fred (Aldo Ray) and Karl (Neville Brand in his final screen appearance, the poor guy). The rest of the movie is your basic Friday the 13th ripoff. One of the kids is played by Tina Louise, the rest by actors who'd either never worked before, worked only in this movie, or, in one memorable case, was trying to make the jump from porn to mainstream (Amber Lynn has a minor role); who do you think survives the rather banal carnage?

Rustam--who never directed another big-screen feature (for obvious reasons)--seemed unsure whether he wanted to make a softcore film or a horror film, and the end result doesn't do either very well. There's a rather surprising amount of full frontal nudity for a film made twenty years ago and given an R rating; one wonders if they traded the nudity off for anything remotely resembling realistic gore effects. There's a relatively early scene where we see a splatter of red on a wall, and it turns out to be Ray painting the wall red. Unfortunately, the movie's special-effect blood never does look much more real.

Basically, if I'd seen this when it came out, while I was still in my teen years, I'd have probably been mad over it. (Badly) simulated sex, (obviously) ersatz violence, and a real, honest-to-goodness porn star. Now, though, it hasn't aged at all well, and wasn't terribly fresh to begin with. *
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