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  • Actors: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson
  • Directors: Eric Weston
  • Writers: Eric Weston, Joseph Garofalo
  • Producers: Eric Weston, Gerald Hopman, H. Hal Harris, Sylvio Tabet
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZX0D8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,444 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Evilspeak" on IMDb

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By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on February 11, 2005
Format: DVD
All successful actors have a role or a film that defines them for the rest of their careers. Tom Cruise has "Risky Business." Robert De Niro has "Taxi Driver." Marlon Brando had a lot of them, including "On the Waterfront," "The Godfather," and "Apocalypse Now." Who can watch Jimmy Stewart and not think of "It's a Wonderful Life"? See what I mean? The list could on and on indefinitely. The lesser known actors, while not as visible to the majority of moviegoers, are critical to the success of Hollywood because they often take supporting roles that make the leads look good. They are recognizable faces to niche film fans, however. Enter Clint Howard, brother of the better known director and actor Ron Howard. Horror movie fans will forever pay homage to Clint--he of the perpetually balding pate, goofy visage, and lumbering gait--for his seminal role of Stanley Coopersmith in the 1982 gorefest "Evilspeak." They will just as likely hold a grudge against him for appearing in Uwe Boll's atrocious "House of the Dead," but that's another story for another time. Clint has appeared in dozens of films, as well as most of the films lensed by his brother, but "Evilspeak" is his defining moment.

"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.
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As one of the few who caught this on cable in the early 1980s, I can attest to the very disturbing nature of this film. 'Evilspeak' as a title doesn't have anything to do with the film itself, but that's fine. It is one of those rare horror gems that wrings every cent of value from its limited budget.
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.
Recommended.
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This film, which involves a bullied outcast at a military academy conjuring up a demon on his computer, is slow moving. Clint Howard plays a loner who is harassed by a group of his cruel classmates. To make things worse, his teachers and even the coach are against him as well. He takes refuge in the basement at the academy where he hooks up a computer that he uses to make contact with an evil deceased satanist. As he follows the instructions on the computer, the evil spirit gets more powerful and begins to protect him against his enemies.

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.
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Evilspeak (1982), written and directed by Eric Weston, features Ron Howard's lesser known, but more prolific brother Clint Howard (both started out on the classic television series The Andy Griffith Show, as Opie and Leon, respectively). During the 70's, both brothers starred in a spate of schlocky B movies like Eat My Dust! (1976) and Grand Theft Auto (1977), (most likely due to the fact that they probably had great difficulty in breaking out of the roles they played as children) to name a couple, and while brother Ron used the opportunity to get into directing (he directed the latter of the two films mentioned), his brother Clint seemed content to keep working in front of the cameras, enjoying his status of forever the character actor dwelling on the Hollywood fringe, managing to develop a long, successful career out of it, even making supporting appearances in some of his brothers films (ahhh, sweet nepotism), like Far and Away (1992), Apollo 13 (1995), and Edtv (1999), but his destiny seems to lie in the world of the B movie, and it seems to fit him perfectly.

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.
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