How can it be that there’s an early 80’s horror film on the Blu-ray market I’ve never heard of?
"Evilspeak" channels both "Carrie" and "The Omen" and features the first killer wild boars this viewer has ever witnessed on film. And what’s not to love about a movie with Richard Moll ("Night Court") as a satanic cult leader?
Stanley Coopersmith (referred to incessantly in "Evilspeak" as only Coopersmith) is bullied and ridiculed at the military academy where he studies. After discovering the evil tomes of Satan follower Esteban, Coopersmith feeds information into his computer and eventually becomes possessed. A final showdown (after a never-ending 75-minute setup) takes place in a church and Carrie, er Coopersmith, finally gets his revenge on his classmates.
The Blu-ray restores this very low-budget howler from its recently discovered original camera negative, inserting the long sought after cut footage deemed too violent back in 1981.
As part of its "Summer of Fear" campaign, Scream Factory whets the appetite of us horror fans with "Evilspeak" and offers up their usual inundation of bonus features. "Satan’s Pigs and Severed Heads," the appropriately named making-of featurette, is completely new and hasn’t been on any prior DVD release. The same can’t be said of the audio commentary with director Eric Weston and interviews with cast members Clint Howard, Joseph Cortese, and Don Stark, carried over from Code Red’s 2013 DVD offering.
It’s all good, as this Blu-ray release is worth the price of walking down horror’s memory lane.