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Fear No Evil

3.5 out of 5 stars 35 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 (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fear No Evil" on IMDb

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By Nickolas Cook on October 26, 2006
Format: DVD
FEAR NO EVIL

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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Most horror films in the 70s and early 80s were known to have simple stories. Many of these films are low on talk and plot and contained ample violence, gore, and female nudity. Special effects were also done by hand and most weren't known to have dazzling and overdone displays of multicolored lights. This film is different from many other horror flicks during that time. It begins with Lucifer being killed in the past near his castle by one of heaven's angels in human form. In the present, Satan is again reborn. This time his soul is inside a high school outcast who has got some particularly scummy classmates. Slowly, he begins to overtake this guy. This results in a series of odd events like a death by basketball, a spell that causes one of his classmates to grow breasts, and other stuff. The film is very atmospheric at times, as well as being well directed and acted. However, it is also talky in parts and slow. The movie is heavy at times in magical religious mumbo jumbo with glowing crosses, magical lights, and a really colorful multicolored light display at the end when Satan is destroyed. Some may think these parts are corny, cheesy, and overdone. I personally think that the ending light display FX is extremely well done for the time this film was made. This colorful and effective ending is actually better than many of todays CGI effects. The sex and nudity factor is another thing that's different from many other horror flicks of its time. This movie has full male nudity but only brief female topless nudity, and there's a bizarre homophobic type scene that involves a bunch of fully nude men in the shower with that Satan guy.Read more ›
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A terrible waste of time. Let's move along people, nothing to see here, just a lot of miscellaneous scenes jumbled together -- in the hopes that something will "stick". This is probably the worst film I've ever seen, of any genre. Nonsensical, some very bad amateur effects, not frightening, just very silly. Overacting-- yes. Although not presented coherently, the basic "plot" is (theoretically) that three people (a priest, his sister, and a high school girl) are -- for some unknown reason-- "linked together" to try to kill Lucifer (embodied as another high school student, for no particular reason). They apparently thought that if they threw in everything, including the kitchen sink, that this would add up to something scary. There are zombies (for no apparent reason), there are vampire-like scenes, there are animal sacrifices, there are crosses with flames and lasers shooting out of them (?!) None of these things has any explanation or meaning or reason for being -- just, an idea that "Hey, wouldn't this be cool?" This plot summary makes much more sense than the film itself. Some films are so bad that they are good. This is not one of those. This is really, really confusing and boring. Some spooky scenery with gobs of fog. That's about the best I can say about it.
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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 film...as 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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