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Evilspeak (1981)

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An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.


Eric Weston


Joseph Garofalo (screenplay), Eric Weston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Howard ... Stanley Coopersmith
R.G. Armstrong ... Sarge
Joe Cortese ... Reverend Jameson (as Joseph Cortese)
Claude Earl Jones ... Coach
Haywood Nelson ... Kowalski
Don Stark ... Bubba Caldwell
Charles Tyner ... Colonel Kincaid
Hamilton Camp ... Hauptman
Louie Gravance Louie Gravance ... Jo Jo
Jim Greenleaf Jim Greenleaf ... Ox
Lynn Hancock Lynn Hancock ... Miss Friedemeyer
Loren Lester ... Charlie Boy
Kathy McCullen Kathy McCullen ... Kelly
Lenny Montana ... Jake
Leonard D'John Leonard D'John ... Tony


An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer. Written by Humberto Amador

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The computer used by Stanley in the film is an Apple II, which was a very popular brand of computer at the time the film was made. See more »


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Stanley Coopersmith: I command you, Prince of Evil, heed my call. Give life to the instruments of my retribution.
[Stanley's face changes into that of Father Esteban]
Father Esteban: Imbue these creatures with your strength and force. Let them avenge me, and I will pledge my soul to you and serve you for all eternity!
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Alternate Versions

Originally clocking in at over 103 minutes, nearly 11 and a half minutes were cut from the film before the snips for the "R" rating were made. Additionally, one scene was reedited. The following are the differences between the original version and the 92m theatrical cut:
  • The soccer game is cut by 51s, removing the part where West Andover even the score and Ox's and Charlie Boy's nicknames are mentioned.
  • The male shower scene is cut by 20s, removing dialogue about Esteban and visiting day.
  • An exterior shot of Coopersmith entering the chapel for the first time in the film, followed by an interior one of him walking between the chapel pews have both been removed (35s).
  • A 9s shot of Coopersmith rounding a corner in the basement is cut.
  • To make a jump scare work better, 47s have been cut of Coopersmith overhearing Sarge's and Reverend's drunken, rowdy conversation in the basement.
  • One line of dialogue is cut when Reverend is telling Sarge that Coopersmith is on punishment detail (7s).
  • One line of dialogue is cut when Reverend is telling Mrs. Caldwell about Esteban while the two are in the chapel (7s).
  • 25s have been cut of drunken Sarge looking for Coopersmith while Coopersmith is attempting to pry the temple door open.
  • To make a jump scare work better, 4s have been cut of Coopersmith disturbing a rats' nest.
  • 4s are cut of Reverend and Mrs. Caldwell continuing their conversation about Esteban outside.
  • 25s are cut when Coopersmith uses the library computer for the first time in the film.
  • After Bubba throws Coopersmith's hat out the window, 15s of dialogue between Coopersmith and Kowalski have been cut.
  • 7s have been cut from Colonel's lecture to Coopersmith right before he administers corporal punishment.
  • Leonard D'John has been cut out of the film (52s).
  • The scene where the pigs charge Coopersmith because Miss Friedemeyer is trying to pry the cross off his book has been reedited. The 92m version cross-cuts more between Friedemeyer and the book and Coopersmith and the pigs (and also contains bits and pieces of the cut footage from D'John's two scenes). It runs 2s longer than the 103m version's. Each version of the film has a couple shots in this scene that the other does not.
  • 4s are cut of Captain Merrill handing out passes to the roller rink.
  • 8s are cut of Miss Kelly and other kids rollerskating right before Coopersmith confronts the bullies about his missing book.
  • 24s are cut of Coopersmith's confrontation with the bullies.
  • 45s are cut of Sarge taking a wizz in the basement, causing smoke to rise up. All footage of Coopersmith trying to dodge him with the computer in his hands is removed, as well.
  • 16s cut of Coopersmith getting and preparing a food tray in the cafeteria.
  • 23s cut of Jake's speech to Coopersmith about how he doesn't belong at the academy.
  • After Jake gives Fred to Coopersmith, 16s of their dialogue has been cut.
  • 12s are cut of workers building and setting up the Miss Heavy Artillery stage.
  • After Coopersmith discovers Esteban's tomb and Esteban possesses the computer, 1m 59s of footage have been ditched. The scene of Colonel delivering a graduation pep speech on the Miss Heavy Artillery stage is removed in its entirety, as is a tracking shot of Miss Friedemeyer driving home and opening the gate to her apartment before fetching her mail.
  • A 1m 11s scene of the Miss Heavy Artillery finalists doing the catwalk has been cut.
  • 5s cut of Coopersmith wandering down the chapel hallway in a daze after hiding Sarge's body and before Kowalski surprises him.
  • 14s cut of Coopersmith finding his way around the bleachers to talk to Miss Kelly.
  • 10s cut of Coopersmith trying to talk to Miss Kelly, but nerves getting the best of him.
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Computers and killer pigs
1 July 2013 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

An army cadet is bullied by four other students and some authority figures. One day he is sent to clean the old church basement as a punishment and, while there, he finds a secret room which contains an ancient Satanic Mass book. He discovers that passages from it can reincarnate a 16th century Satanist called Esteban. Using a computer, he revives Esteban and has bloody revenge on all those from the academy who have wronged him.

Evilspeak was another early 80's horror movie that found itself onto the UK video nasty list. These were the films considered so offensive that they threatened the moral fabric of Britain back in the day. As a result it was banned and, naturally, has benefited ever since from the notoriety. Like most on that list it's difficult to understand what all the fuss was about with this one. If anything it proves that the censors back then were a spectacularly over-sensitive and humourless group of people. Because it's well-nigh impossible to see how they could have thought anyone could have taken this film seriously enough to then go out and commit acts of violence. This is a film about a possessed computer after all. It features a horde of man-eating pigs and has a climax where the hero floats through the air wielding a big sword. To my knowledge, none of these things has ever cropped up in the news in the years since Evilspeak was released.

How is it as a film? It's fun, if nothing too impressive. It takes it's time to get to the horror stuff to be fair, although this does allow for more character development. The main guy Cling Howard (Ron's brother) is pretty decent and is a guy that's easy to root for. The film is essentially a nerd revenge flick and the bullies are an appalling bunch of cretins. So you are willing them to be dispensed with in as nasty a way as possible. And to be fair, the climax is pretty good with all manner of gory mayhem ensuing. Evilspeak is kind of a hybrid of Carrie with early 80's computer technology…with demon pigs thrown in for good measure. It's one of those horror films from the time that is kind of crazed but pretty imaginative, so it's easy to get onside with this one.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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