15 July 2024
Evilspeak (1981)
91 min.
Directed by Eric Weston.
With Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joseph Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Hamilton Camp, Charles Tyner, Haywood Nelson, Lynn Hancock.
This middle of the road horror rips both Carrie and The Omen.

Fumbling nerd Stanley Coopersmith (Howard) is an outcast at his military academy, abused by his peers and berated by the faculty.

When he discovers a secret chamber beneath the school, Coopersmith rouses the evil spirit of a satanic monk named Esteban and thereby gains supernatural powers to destroy all his enemies...bloodily.

Homely Howard is passable in the lead role, though in general his appeal is quite limited.

Gore's the thing in Evilspeak, from swift sword beheadings, to a nasty heart gouging, to wild boars savaging the school secretary in the shower.

The secondary characters are cartoonish and never achieve any dimension, but once the brutal climax in the chapel begins you won't care.

Clearly manna for disenfranchised cyberdorks. Everyone else will probably find this non classic merely okay.

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