Normally, this is the part of the review where I wax nostalgic, and talk a little bit about what this particular “cult classic” means to me. In the case of Evilspeak, though, I can only claim to have known of its existence. I saw it on the video store shelf, but I never made the plunge and took it home. It’s surprising to me, honestly, because I think I rented damn near everything on the horror rack at least twice. I don’t know the reason that I continued to sit Evilspeak’s box back on the shelf, but I wish I had watched it back then, as it’s quite an entertaining movie. Featuring a young and awkward Clint Howard, playing a “slow”, cadet at a military school. As he gets picked on day in and day out, he turns to Satanism in the form of a book of darkness passed down from Night Court’s Bull, and invites the pigs of Satan in for some fleshy treats.
Prior to its U.S. theatrical release, the distributor of the film requested that the graphic violence be cut to avoid an “X” rating from the MPAA. The film has been completely restored from a newly discovered 35mm inter-positive source including all of its long rumored scenes of bloody carnage. This new edition includes all-new extras including a new commentary by producer/director Eric Weston (Hyenas).
Honestly I enjoy Evilspeak all throughout the film, but it is definitely a slow-going affair. The final act more than makes up for the journey there, though. Speaking to James after watching the film, I realized that they don’t really make movies like this anymore. Sure, there are movies made here and there about the Anti-Christ and Satanism, etc, but none that really go to the extent of the “blasphemy” we experience within Evilspeak. It’s a corny movie, I’ll be honest, and it takes a bit to get to the good stuff, but once it kicks in, it is pure insanity. Crushed heads, decapitation, pigs eating people’s faces, and a young Clint Howard, levitating above the bloody carnage he’s just unleashed upon the student body/staff.
The Blu-ray itself looks about how you would expect a movie like this to look. It’s rough, but you can recognize that it’s the best it will ever get. This is a joint-venture, between Code Red and Scream Factory. Code Red holds the original, restored and uncut negative, and have decided to work with Scream Factory for the Blu-ray release of the film. The film elements are in what one could consider “USED” condition. The print is in good shape, considering, but there is a large amount of dirt, damage and general noise. At times it appears to be extremely clear, with a heavy element of grain, at others, it looks overly dirty. As I said though, this is the best it has ever been, and the best it is ever going to get, without question. For a film as “obscure” as this one, and the time at which it came out, it’s a fairly impressive presentation. The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono mix, and is more than serviceable. There are some highly entertaining extras on the disc as well, including interviews with Joe Cortese, Clint Howard, Haywood Nelson, Claude Earl Jones, Richard Moll, and Don Stark. There is also an audio commentary with director Eric Weston. If you’re a fan of the film, or if you new to genre obsession, and you’re looking to broaden your horizons, Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Evilspeak is highly recommended.
- New interviews with actors Richard Moll, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson, Loren Lester and Lynn Hancock
- New 2013 1080p High Definition transfer supervised and approved by Eric Weston
- Audio Commentary with producer/director Eric Weston
- Interviews with cast members Joseph Cortese, Clint Howard and Don Stark
- Theatrical Trailer