Evilspeak

Evilspeak

Director: Eric Weston

Cast: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese

     
 

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Professional weirdo Clint Howard plays one of his more interesting oppressed-geek roles in this occult revenge thriller about a tormented military-school nerd (apparently in his mid-thirties!) whose personal computer provides the only solace from the endless taunts and pranks of his fellow cadets. He also has an intense fascination with the occult, leading him to… See more details below

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Professional weirdo Clint Howard plays one of his more interesting oppressed-geek roles in this occult revenge thriller about a tormented military-school nerd (apparently in his mid-thirties!) whose personal computer provides the only solace from the endless taunts and pranks of his fellow cadets. He also has an intense fascination with the occult, leading him to investigate an arcane tome secreted within an ancient, crumbling chapel. In an attempt to decipher the text, he feeds it into the computer, which translates the writings into actual working spells. As Clint's mind reels with the possibilities of sweet revenge against his cruel classmates and teachers, the demonic forces once trapped within the book begin to exert control over his mind and body. Before long, he is able to summon an army of snarling devil-pigs (no, that's not a misprint) to do his evil bidding. Though this is essentially a gender-bent rip-off of Carrie, there is enough in the way of spooky atmosphere and well-staged shocks to keep less discriminating horror fans interested.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Evilspeak is a film that is impossible to take seriously. All of the teenagers look like they are in their late twenties, the story shamelessly manipulates the audience by making Stanley's antagonists a bunch of one-dimensional cretins, and the concept of communing with Satan via a computer is more likely to provoke laughter than chills. Despite all these artistic roadblocks, Evilspeak remains interesting thanks to a surprisingly high level of craftsmanship, both in front of and behind the camera. Clint Howard may be too old for his role, but he delivers a surprisingly earnest and sincere performance that makes Stanley easy to root for. Also notable are Joseph Cortese and Charles Tyner, who bring an amusing tongue-in-cheek edge to their performances as corrupt authority figures. The script is contrived in the extreme, but it also slickly paced and punctuated with plenty of memorable set pieces. Director Eric Weston piles on the spooky atmosphere and delivers plenty of effective knee-jerk shocks, the best example being the pull-no-punches finale that depicts all of Stanley's tormentors getting their comeuppance in a spectacularly gruesome fashion. In short, no one will ever mistake Evilspeak for a classic, but it delivers enough cheap thrills to make it worth a rental for cult movie addicts.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2014
UPC:
0826663149845
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
12,298

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Howard Coopersmith
R.G. Armstrong Sarge
Joe Cortese Rev. Jameson
Claude Earl Jones Coach
Haywood Nelson Actor
Don Stark Bubba
Charles Tyner Col. Kincaid
Lynn Hancock Miss Freidermyer
Lou Gravance Actor
Hamilton Camp Hauptman
Jim Greenleaf Ox
Loren Lester Charlie Boy
Lenny Montana Jake
Bennett Liss Captain Merrill
Katherine Kelly Lang Suzie Baker
Richard Moll Father Esteban
Robert Tafur Old Priest
Sue Casey Mrs. Caldwell
Nadine Reimers Peasant Girl
DeForest Covan Janitor
Jane Bartelme Girl Student
Alan Harris Cadet

Technical Credits
Eric Weston Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Carter Special Effects
George Costello Art Director
Joseph Garofalo Screenwriter
Irv Goodnoff Cinematographer
Gerald Hopman Associate Producer
Roger Kellaway Score Composer
Dena Roth Production Designer
Sylvio Tabet Producer
Harry Woolman Special Effects

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Scene Index

Audio commentary with producer/director Eric Weston; Interviews with cast members Joseph Cortese, Clint Howard, Haywood Nelson, Claude Earl Jones, Richard Moll and Don Stark; Theatrical trailer

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