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Life sucks for Stanley Coppersmith (Clint Howard, Rock nRoll High School), a teenage outcast whos bullied by everyone at a strict military academy. When Stanley discovers the crypt of a 16th Century Satanist beneath the chapel, he creates a computerized Black Mass that unleashes unholy revenge upon his tormentors. Now, all hell is about to break loose! Co-starring Joseph Cortese (American History X), Charles Tyner (Cool Hand Luke), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Don Stark (That 70s Show), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (House) and Haywood Nelson (Whats Happening), Evilspeak is not for the faint of heart.
Prior to its U.S. theatrical release, the distributor of the film requested that the graphic violence be cut to avoid an X rating from the MPAA. The film has been completely restored from a newly discovered 35mm inter-positive source including all of its long rumored scenes of bloody carnage. This new edition includes all-new extras including a new commentary by producer/director Eric Weston (Hyenas).
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Stanley Coopersmith (Clint Howard when he still had hair...barely) is the nerdy, picked on kid at a ritzy Military Academy. We are told that Coopersmith is very smart, but he's picked on and bullied by fellow classmates. Coopersmith is blamed for losing a soccer game, and another student, Bubba, along with his cronies, decide to make Coopersmith's life very difficult. Destroying his school projects, embarrassing him in front of girls, and getting him in trouble with the faculty, Bubba and his gang set out to get Coopersmith kicked off the team.
While cleaning out the sub-basement of the school, Coopersmith finds and old book, and learns that is belonged to a defrocked priest names Esteban. Esteban called up Satan to use his powers, and Coopersmith wants to do the same in hopes of getting even with Bubba and his gang.
Honestly, not much happens for the first hour of the film, except for Coopersmith's repeated humiliation at the hands of Bubba. It's a long haul to get to the revenge portion of the film, and while we get a few things at around the hour mark, it's not until the last 15-20 minutes of the film where things really break loose. If you're in the mood for a slow build horror film, you may like it, but if you want something that will keep you jumping or on edge, then you may want to look elsewhere. For me, as a fan of Clint Howard, and lover of "bad" movies in general, I really enjoy this movie.
This film concentrates on a long suspenseful buildup which basically saves the large majority of the gore until the climax. Until the climax, there isn't much gore or violence and only a couple of decent nude scenes; but the story is interesting enough to keep a lot of people watching, and the directing and acting are well done. The climax of the film delivers plenty of gore, the entire film is suspenseful, and there's some cool stuff in it like the way the demon gains control of a horde of boars that are at the academy. These wild boars are a big part of the films gore scenes, by the way the pigs tear people apart.
The DVD says it's uncut, but I listened to the commentary and that probably isn't true. They mention that the original version that was submitted to the MPAA had more gore that was apparently great, but they don't mention what it was. I assume that this DVD is the most complete version in terms of gore that is released, and that original version they mentioned is probably lost. They should've been more clear as to what that original version was because I would like to hear more about it. I also read that an import DVD of this film runs longer and has more dialogue, but it doesn't have more gore. As for the quality of this DVD, it looks very good but doesn't look spectacular. This review is for the Anchor Bay DVD. I just noticed that Amazon is mixing all the reviews in.
With EvilSpeak, Clint Howard puts on a great demented performance and keeps the viewer entertained throughout (in a similar fashion like ice cream man). I highly recommend purchasing this, wether youre a die hard horror fan or just a casual film viewer.
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