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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.
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.
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 ›
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I can't believe I haven't seen this until recently, I was really surprised how great it was. It's a little slower paced, but it's not boring. Read morePublished 8 days ago by dan frank
Oh god. I used to own this movie on LaserDisk (for those old enough to remember that format), and when I heard it was coming on BluRay, I just had to have it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by C.Wagner
This dvd is long oop and was delivered sealed but with a loose disc inside. Im rather upset over that but was able to make the adjustment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Theh0rr0rsh0w
Saw this horror slash fest when I was young, & watched most of it again recently. The very beginning of the movie is the only interesting and cool part, where this diabolical... Read morePublished 3 months ago by American Samurai-Soldier
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A true obscure 1980's occult masterpiece, that has withstood the test of time! I only saw it once at the theater when it played for about a week and it has never been released on... Read morePublished 5 months ago by martin
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