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Fear No Evil (1981)




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Frank LaLoggia makes an impressive feature film debut with this surreal and frightening horror film with religious undertones. Andrew Williams (Stefan Arngrim) is a creepy 17-year-old with something up his sleeve --he is the personification of Lucifer. Consumed by the power to destroy, Andrew takes charge at his island domain and it is left up to an old woman, Margaret (Elizabeth Hoffman), with God on her side, to battle against the Arch Fiend.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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AVCO Embassy Pictures


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

All Critics (8) | 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 surprisingly decent demonic-possession film.

Full Review… | February 19, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A remarkably assured, personal, and powerful horror film.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
TV 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

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
Darcy Drinkwine

Fear No Evil is considered by many a cult classic. This movie is the definition of cheese. The premise is that three angels inhabit the bodies of everyday humans, Raphael, Michael and Gabriel to fight the human carnation of Lucifer on the eve of the Second Coming of Christ. I guess that could make a good movie, if it would include good dialog, good acting, a decent score, strong cinematography. Unfortunately, we don't get any of that. While there are a few scenes in this film that are rather striking and bizarre, i.e. the shower scene and the mass stigmata, this movie is rather banal and boring. The dialog made me feel like I was watching an episode of Satanic Welcome Back, Kotter. The acting was pretty much piss poor, I don't think anyone in this film went on to any success. The visual aspects of this movie were basically shoddy, often times being obscured by overdone lighting or lack of preparing the blocking for a sunny day when shooting outside. And the score was just over-the-top melodramatic and omnipresent, usually overriding the emotional impact of the scene. This is one cult I will not belong to. Better left in the past this one. Anchor Bay, Shame on you.

Daniel Bautz
Daniel Bautz

** (out of four) Cheesy beyond belief, the entire premise of this horror film from 1981 is so ridiculous that it could have been pretty good. But it is purely amateur filmmaking. The war between Heaven and Hell is brewing and will fought in a high school where the anti-christ is masquerading as a student.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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