Cooper Smith is actually played by Ron Howard's brother but this is no Happy Days.
Goes a little wacky & intense in the final act but has one of the coolest VHS Cover ever.
sort-of along the lines of 'Carrie' with a bit of black magic involved
Coopersmith has a very high IQ but all that does is get him bullied by everyone at the military academy from his rival classmates to his coach to the principal
he finds solace in a strange book filled with evil incantations unaware that when he translates the passages into his computer that actually work
murders happen from killer pigs to twisting people's heads around
there's even a particularly heartbreaking animal scene that goes one step to far for him
so what does someone like Coopersmith do when all is against him? summon the forces of Satan to be precise
it's really nothing original but the gore is a-plenty and Howard is very convincing as the social pariah of a refined institute
It's worth the trod through the first 3/4 of the film to get to the payoff.
The devil is in the details in this inconsistently filmed, choppily edited, yet surprisingly coherent horror film with only few scares, but not entirely devoid of entertainment overall.
Will leave you desperate for a desktop wallpaper reading "HUMAN BLOOD, I WILL RETURN".