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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Horror


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evilspeaks See more »


Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (R-rated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor R.G. Armstrong was offered a choice between playing Sarge and Colonel Kincaid before assuming the role of Sarge. See more »


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 »


Stanley Coopersmith: Maybe you're right. Maybe this puppy is better off not making it. It's a tough world out there. You got to be able to kick and scratch if you want to survive. I found that out right after my parents died. From what I can tell, like these other pups, it's the ones that can do the most pushing and shoving that get the biggest piece of the pie.
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Alternate Versions

The original pre-cert rental release of Evilspeak was uncut. The 1987 UK video release was cut by three minutes and 34 seconds by the BBFC. The cuts were: two mins two secs of a young maiden having her head chopped off, 58 mins one secs of a shot of the basement bloke having his neck broken, 65 mins 23 secs of pigs attacking woman in bath and eating her guts. 88 mins 19 secs of the priest have a nail in the head and shots of him. 90 mins four secs of a teacher having his head splatted by Coopersmith. 90 mins 21 secs of a pig eating the fat kid. 91 mins nine secs of a kid breaking a window, 91 mins 18 secs of pigs eating, 91 mins eight secs of another head chop, 92 mins 18 secs of a kid banging on a door to escape, 92 mins six secs of a fourth head chop, 92 mins eight secs of a kid being eaten in an air vent, 92 mins two secs of a kid running from pigs, 93 mins 11 secs of heart ripping. 95 mins eight secs of Coopersmith's digital image. The credits have been speeded up (but not even the uncut one got the timing right on the letters appearing) Normal credit sequence = two mins 30 secs, speeded up credits = one min 15 secs. The initial 2004 Anchor Bay DVD saw most of the cuts waived, though the version submitted had been re-edited by the distributor. Later the same year the film was submitted again, this time containing the original print and including all the graphic violence, and was passed uncut by the BBFC. See more »


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Insignificant but fun
14 February 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

This craptacular piece of 80's horror is especially recommended in case you're interested seeing Clint Howard star in a leading role for a change. You know him, he's the irritating and goofy looking dude who often appears as a meaningless side-character in even more meaningless horror films (The Dentist part two, the Humanoids from the Deep TV-remake etc…) I doubt many people are fascinated by his career but 'Evilspeak' is amusing to watch, nevertheless. The plot is an umpteenth variant on the favorite 80's theme where the nerdish school kid who always gets picked on avenges himself. Clint shines as the loser in this case, an unfortunate military cadet always punished by his teachers and an easy target for the other, more successful cadets. 'Evilspeak' goes beyond the standard horror format when ancient demons are summoned through a computer in the basement (?) and the whole thing becomes completely hilarious when hungry, filthy-looking pigs are used as murder weapons. Although not an intended trump for a horror film, 'Evilspeak' is incredibly funny! Especially the last 10 minutes are a must in case you're in desperate need of a laugh. The climax is exaggeratedly gore, with an outrageous Clint Howard chopping off heads in a church and unleashing pigs upon his hated classmates. Cheesy make-up effects and a deranged protagonist. Sometimes that's all there is needed to brighten up your mood.

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