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Evilspeak (1982)




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Movie Info

A social-outcast at a military school seeks revenge against his classmates with the help of some satanic power, and his computer.more
Rating: R
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Garofalo, Eric Weston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 2004
Moreno Films - Official Site


Clint Howard
as Stanley Coopersmith
Joseph Cortese
as Reverend Jameson
Joe Cortese
as Rev. Jameson
Charles Tyner
as Col. Kinkaid
Lynn Hancock
as Miss Freidermyer
Don Stark
as Bubba
Hamilton Camp
as Hauptman
Loren Lester
as Charlie Boy
Bennett Liss
as Captain Merrill
Richard Moll
as Father Esteban
Robert Tafur
as Old Priest
Sue Casey
as Mrs. Caldwell
Nadine Reimers
as Peasant Girl
Jane Bartelme
as Girl Student
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Critic Reviews for Evilspeak

All Critics (13)

A fascinatingly deranged horror flick, but also one that's really slow in its first hour.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Aisle Seat

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Clint Howard + satanic pigs = MOVIE GOLD.

Full Review… | May 20, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

[Co-director] Weston was giving less-discriminating horror audiences in 1981 what he thought they wanted: Carrie with more gore, more beheadings, and all the Satanic pigs they could handle.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
The Dissolve

Evilspeak may provide a laugh or two, but it's too easily noticeable that there's just not much here, resulting in an empty film that feels stretched beyond its means.

Full Review… | May 12, 2014

To be fair, the machine we see here looks pretty impressive by 1981 standards and the graphics it produces must have been a lot of trouble to create, but it's hard to imagine what Montague Summers would have made of it.

Full Review… | August 19, 2013
Eye for Film

Eric Weston, a sometime actor directing his first film, is no Brian De Palma. But this is a passable variation on De Palma's 1976 chiller, Carrie.

Full Review… | August 7, 2011
People Magazine

Audience Reviews for Evilspeak

Hell hath no fury like a nerd seeking revenge. This is not a run-of-the-mill geek-empowerment flick as the preface of a cult being excommunicated from Spain indicates. Sadly the various mannequin beheadings look very tawdry which is befitting of the minuscule budget. Orphaned and marooned at a military school (the regimented setting is a breeding ground for horror-movie mayhem), Coopersmith (Clint Howard) is continuously chastised by his peers for his poor soccer skills and social awkwardness. 'Evilspeak' is a crisp, if belatedly madcap starring vehicle for Howard who is typecast as maladjusted, gap-toothed introverts. Most of the runtime is a tautening groundswell until Coopersmith reaches his boiling point and the film is frontloaded with cruelty from Coopersmith's classmates who physically abuse him and casually insult him. Normally the on-screen act of someone furiously typing on a keyboard quickly devolves in ennui but translating Latin texts of pentagram Satanism captivates the helter-skelter allure. A black mass is on the cusp and the viewers anxiously anticipate Coopersmith assembling the incomplete ingredient of a consecrated host. A convulsive head snap and gluttonous pigs are just appetizers to the unspeakable anarchy ahead. 'Evilspeak' delivers the viscera in a church bloodbath and it is a sacrilegious joy to behold.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable cult film, Evilspeak is one of those forgotten horror gems that is a must watch for genre fans that are looking for a fun, entertaining and ultimately gory ride. The film does have its shortcomings, most notably the fact that it is a film that does show its age. Nonetheless, it's still a worthy film for genre enthusiasts and the final more than makes up for the dated look. Evilspeak is a very good forgotten gem of early 80's horror, and it deserves to be rediscovered by fans of horror. Clint Howard has done better work, but here, he is quite good in his performance and makes the film that much more enjoyable. If you're looking for an entertaining cult horror film, Evilspeak is a terrific gem of horror cinema that deserves to be rediscovered. With the amount of gore presented in the film, it's definitely enough to appeal to gorehounds, and it's one of most exciting finals in a horror film. With that being said, Evilspeak is definitely worth a second look, one that is a surprising treat for viewers that enjoy such films. The film works well because it has good atmosphere that steadily builds up the terror and it succeeds. Sure, it's a bit cheesy, but there is some genuine tension, and it's a very well crafted picture that delivers effective horror throughout in order to make this one of the better obscured horror films. If you come across this film, give it a watch, it's a fun, entertaining and worthwhile film, even if it does show its age.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Delivers on the gore but it makes you wait nearly an hour after the opening decapitation scene. Up until then it's pretty much a tale of a young fully-haired Clint Howard fending off the bullies whilst slowly succumbing to the temptations of a demonically possessed computer. It was ok overall, but not my favourite from this era by a long way.

Lee ?

Super Reviewer

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