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Prime Evil (1988)

 -  Horror  -  1988 (USA)
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A coven of devil-worshiping monks living in New York City search for victims for their sacrificial ceremonies.

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William Beckwith ...
Thomas Seaton
Christine Moore ...
Alexandra Parkman
Mavis Harris ...
Max Jacobs ...
George Parkman
Tim Gail ...
Bill King
George Krause ...
Ben
Ruth Collins ...
Cathy
Amy Brentano ...
Brett
Jeanne Marie ...
Judy
Gary Warner ...
Detective Dann Carr
Iraida Cruz ...
Mrs. Quinto
Roseanna Peterson ...
Alison Deveraux
Cameron Kell ...
Frances Parkman
Nicole Sislian ...
Tina
Phil Murphy ...
Bishop McCabe
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A coven of devil-worshiping monks living in New York City search for victims for their sacrificial ceremonies.

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Strike two!
21 January 2010 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Prime Evil tells of a satanic cult whose members can achieve immortality and invulnerability through the regular sacrifice of blood relatives to a hideous demon (that is about two foot tall and seems to be made of red rubber). Aged acolyte George Parkman (Max Jacobs) intends to prolong his powers for another thirteen years by taking the life of his virginal grand-daughter Alex (Christine Moore), and then wrest control of the cult from sinister leader Thomas Seaton (William Beckwith); but with Alex's boyfriend Bill King (Tim Gail) becoming increasingly suspicious of George, will the old man's wicked plans succeed?

After spending the 70s producing and directing porn, Roberta Findlay had a brief career making horror films, but in my opinion, it wasn't brief enough: a few months ago, I watched her horrendous '87 whorehouse horror Blood Sisters, and last night, against my better judgement, I checked out Prime Evil, and all the evidence so far suggests that the woman should have stayed in the 'bump and grind' business.

Findlay simply doesn't possess the fundamental skill set necessary to make a decent non-porn movie, her usual objective being to capture a juicy extreme close-up rather than to present a coherent story or obtain credible (non-sexual) performances from her actors (not that anyone from her dreadful cast looks capable of such an undertaking). A poorly developed script full of diabolical dialogue and precious little action doesn't help matters, of course, and with Findlay's visuals having that distinct porno quality (an effect helped no end by regular nudity from some suspiciously low-rent bimbos), the result is a nasty looking and amateurish yawn-fest that, although not quite as terrible as Blood Sisters, is still a chore to sit through.

3.5 out of 10, rounded up to 4 for the topless tarts, the rubbish demon and a laughable decapitation.


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