EVILSPEAK

PC gone mad

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 1981 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD

Di­rec­tor Eric We­ston

Cast Clint Howard, RG Arm­strong,

Joe Cortese, Claude Earl Jones

You don’t get more in­con­gru­ous pre- cred­its se­quences than Evilspeak’s; it’s like some­thing out of Ing­mar Bergman, with dour me­dieval, sub­ti­tled types con­gre­gat­ing on windswept rocks.

The main ac­tion takes place in a mod­ern- day Amer­i­can mil­i­tary academy, where cadet Stan­ley ( Clint Howard) is be­ing bul­lied. But – and now the pre- cred­its make sense – he comes across an an­cient tome which, when fed into his com­puter, un­leashes an evil spirit that tor­ments his bul­lies.

This is where the movie, so slug­gish to de­velop, turns into Tron meets Car­rie, with lash­ings of gore that earned it “video nasty” sta­tus back in the ’ 80s. Wild pigs at­tack! An ickle puppy gets bloody! It’s just a pity al­most ev­ery­thing else is han­dled so clum­sily.

Ex­tras A brief in­tro by the di­rec­tor; Noo Yoik- flavoured com­men­tary by him, star Clint Howard and the lo­ca­tion man­ager; in­ter­views with Howard (“I ate so much pig shit I was full for days”) and two co- stars ( 30 min­utes); a Mak­ing Of which re­veals that the sac­ri­ficed dog was just a stuffed toy ( phew!); a 15- minute in­ter­view with ef­fects man Al­lan A Apone, re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing it look like pigs ate a woman; trail­ers. Rus­sell Lewin

For the bits where Clint Howard “flies”, he had the same fly­ing har­ness that Christo­pher Reeve wore in Su­per­man.

Never put your hand in a blender.

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