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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.

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Eric Weston

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

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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Data incomplete... Human blood required. Thus spake the computer. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evilspeaks See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Sylvio Tabet, a devout Christian and pacifist, liked the film but added the Kahlil Gibran quote in the prologue as he was worried about the violence and subject matter being taken seriously. See more »

Goofs

In the dungeon scene with the preserved fetus rising up in its jar, you can obviously see the lines attached to the fetus' hands and head. See more »

Quotes

Father Esteban: I will return.
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Alternate Versions

US distributor The Moreno Company hacked up the film shortly before release to ensure its "R" rating, making no effort to fix the soundtrack. The following 11 cuts (totaling less than 20 seconds) were made:
  • A shot of Miss Friedemeyer's (Lynn Hancock) bloody, mangled torso lying in the bathtub with her stomach torn open and a grunting boar pulling up a piece of flesh (that bears remarkable similarities to a rubber band). (1 second)
  • A close-up shot of two bloodied chandelier spikes popping out through Hauptman's (Hamilton Camp) chest. (1 second)
  • A shot of the crucified Reverend Jameson (Joseph Cortese) landing at the Coach's (Claude Earl Jones) lap. (1 second)
  • A few frames of the shot of the reverend's crucified head on the floor after Coach jumps up and knocks him over. (>1 second)
  • A few more frames of the second shot of the reverend's crucified head on the floor, as seen by Colonel Kincaid (Charles Tyner). (>1 second)
  • A few frames of the shot of Coopersmith (Clint Howard) bringing the broadsword down on a watermelon shaped like the Colonel's head, removing all footage of it splitting open and sending juice and pulp flying. (>1 second)
  • A shot of two boars eating hot dogs out of Ox Baker's (Jim Greenleaf) body (2 seconds), as witnessed by Jo Jo Anderson (Louie Gravance). A non-graphic reaction shot that followed it - Jo Jo jumping behind a wall in fear - is also removed to (attempt to) prevent a jump cut. (1 second)
  • A few frames of the shot of one of the two boars chewing on Ox Baker's bloody face, again as witnessed by Jo Jo Anderson. (>1 second)
  • A few frames of Jo Jo Anderson's decapitation, removing footage of his head falling off. (>1 second)
  • Two shots of Coach's decapitation: one showing his head getting lopped off and his neck stump shooting up blood; the other, the head landing on the ground. (4 seconds)
  • Most frames of the shot of Sarge (R.G. Armstrong) pulling Bubba's (Don Stark) beating heart out of his chest (2 seconds), and an additional side-angle shot that shows it gushing blood in Sarge's hand (2 seconds). The heart has been "meticulously" taken out of the R-rated print.
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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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