I had to wait 18(!) years before I finally had the opportunity to see EVILSPEAK. And I must say it was worth the wait. It might even deserve a sort of cult-status, 'cause it's definitely one of those lost little 80's horror-gems. Now the story is one that's been done many times. A nerdy (military)student gets picked on all the time. Until he finds the means to take his bloody revenge. You can easily think of De Palma's CARRIE or Fulci's AENIGMA, but the one movie that kept coming to my mind while watching EVILSPEAK was Robert Englund's 976-EVIL (which, in my opinion, was a bit better). However, none of these movies go that far over-the-top as EVILSPEAK does.
The acting's rather bad, but Howard is very enjoyable as nerd Coopersmith. The movie does have some dull parts, but just when you might start thinking it's boring there's an amusing death scene. But the real price of this film are the scenes during the climax in the chapel. I won't give it away, but it's certainly worth sitting through the rest of the movie for. Outrageous demonic gory fun it is. And the special effects are pretty good for 81's standards.
In order to convince as many horror-fans possible to see EVILSPEAK, I'll list some things that this flick has going for it: Clint Howard, female nudity, filthy murderous pigs, blood & guts, a satanic computer, a zombie-janitor, an adorable puppy, a LOT of decapitations,... and more. Sure it's cheesy. Sure it's 80's. But it delivers the goods. And with the afore-mentioned ingredients, tell me, how can one not love it?
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