Director: Eric Weston
Cast: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese
Release Date: Now Available for the first time on Blu-Ray
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
A military cadet who happens to be a social outcast taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.
‘Evilspeak’ tells the tale of a young man sent to a military school following the tragic loss of his parents. Unable to fit in with the others, young Stanley is repeatedly tormented and ridiculed. When working a punishment he uses a computer and some newfound discoveries hidden and forgotten under the school to develop a way to finally have his revenge against all of his tormentors.
The film is a surprisingly gory and intense outing for an early 80’s horror film and it’s no surprise that the MPAA had such an issue with the content upon its initial theatrical release. ‘Evilspeak’ is produced, directed and co-written by Eric Weston who made his directorial debut with the movie as well. The cast includes a number of familiar faces, including the always fantastic Clint Howard who does an impressive job in the lead role and gives a very noteworthy performance, especially when you compare the quality of his acting here with the majority of that which you saw in these types of films back then.
Fans of ‘Evilspeak’ will absolutely want to pick up a copy of Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release as it features a brand new high definition transfer that was supervised and approved by Eric Weston himself. Not to mention that the film is also presented fully uncut with all its gory and intense moments fully intact and more glorious looking than ever in high definition. But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget all of the incredible bonus content Scream Factory has included on the release which you can find detailed below in the disc specification section of the review. In short, I can pretty much guarantee that fans of the film will absolutely want a copy of this Blu-Ray release in their collection.
Scream Factory’s Blu-Ray release of ‘Evilspeak’ features a new 1080p High Definition transfer supervised and approved by Eric Weston which utilizes the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. It will surely come as no surprise to most already familiar with Shout/Scream Factory’s work that the video presentation here looks outstanding. Everything is perfectly situated, clear, and with impressive detail to all aspects of the picture down to all of the colors and edges, yet with all of the grain, pops and mild imperfections so important to the fans left intact. Fans should be absolutely thrilled with the high definition video presentation of this classic film and in all its uncut glory to boot.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 2.0 Mono DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which sounds surprisingly wonderful. The music and computer effects really hit hard and boom, while the insane climax really explodes out of the speakers. At the same time this soundtrack eloquently keeps the tamer moments discrete and clear, and regardless of background effects or music, the dialogue always remains discrete and audible. Fans should be quite impressed with this lossless mono soundtrack, it sounds far better than I think most would even imagine.
As usual, Scream Factory delivers an impressive collection of bonus content on the ‘Evilspeak’ Blu-Ray as well. Included on the release is an audio commentary with producer/director Eric Weston, Interviews with a number of the cast members (including an extremely fun interview with Clint Howard). Also included is a 30 minute featurette titled ‘Satan’s Pigs & Severed Heads: Making ‘Evilspeak’ which provides an in depth look at the making of the film and features interviews with numerous individuals involved with the film both behind and in front of the camera. Another featurette titled ‘Effects Speak with Allan A. Apone’ and the original theatrical trailer is also included.
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Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
‘Evilspeak’ is now available to own for the first time ever on Blu-Ray, in all of its uncut bloody glory from Scream Factory.