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Fear No Evil (1981)

Fear No Evil




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In this alternately scary and unintentionally silly teen angst-meets-Satanic possession entry, Andrew (Stefan Arngrim, former child star of the Gentle Ben TV series), a tormented nerd, learns he is the Antichrist incarnate and must battle two angels sent to foil his diabolical plans: his pretty classmate (Kathleen Rowe McAllen) and the old lady next door (Elizabeth Hoffman). He begins to exact revenge on his tormentors, one by one, and the rest happens as one might expect, that is, until the climax. Atop a seaside cliff, legions of the living dead under Andrew's command fight the benevolent angels in a winner-take-all bout for control of the world that plays out like a scaled-down version of Paradise Lost! Although the plot is heavy-handed and sometimes juvenile, the action is often quite good, and the special effects are notable, as is the direction. In spite of its obvious cliches and budgetary shortcomings, (#Fear No Evil) is a likeable horror film that shows promise of things to come for Frank LaLoggia, who successfully imbues the film with enough fire and brimstone to satiate the average horror fan; of course, this film is not for every taste. Apart from its artistic merit, (#Fear No Evil) should stand as an inspiration to young filmmakers everywhere, since producer-director LaLoggia managed to scrape up $150,000 to finance the production and find distributors all on his own -- all at the tender age of twenty-three, long before his future success directing the more subdued supernatural opus, (#The Lady in White).more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Frank LaLoggia
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On DVD: Jul 22, 2003
AVCO Embassy Pictures


Elizabeth Hoffman
as Mikhail/Margaret Buc...
Kathleen Rowe McAlle...
as Gabrielle/Hulie
Frank Birney
as Father Daly
Jack Holland
as Rafael/Father Damon
Barry Cooper
as Mr. Williams
Alice Sachs
as Mrs. Williams
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Critic Reviews for Fear No Evil

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Though the horror genre is sated with maniacs on the menace, Fear No Evil stands out. Spooky and surreal, the ultimately hopeful film has its basis in religious morality.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The dialogue and characterizations are rudimentary. Of the acting and the direction, the best that can be said is that they would not disgrace a small-city drama club.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A remarkably assured, personal, and powerful horror film.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Everything you could hope for in a late 1970s-early 1980s horror picture -- and then some. It's exploitative, it's in crashingly bad taste, it's cheesy and it's pretty silly.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's worth checking out if you're a big fan of '80s horror and have seen a lot of the essential titles already.

Full Review… | June 16, 2008

Dry demonic possession-in-high school stuff.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Fear No Evil


I saw the trailer for this movie and now I would love to see it. It looked very good. very scary. I rated it 5 stars.

Darcy Drinkwine

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