Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The latest Blu-ray movie review: Evilspeak


Shout Factory | 1981 | 97 min | Unrated | May 13, 2014 (New Release)
Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles: English

Some wise man once informed humanity that the meek shall inherit the earth, but certain mild, unaggressive types aren't content to merely wait for their legacy to be handed them and instead decide to opt for a little help. Lots of people through the years have compared the 1981 horror opus Evilspeak to Carrie, pointing out the similarities in a bullied loner who finally strikes back with a little supernatural aid. Carrie had the benefit of some roiling family dysfunction underpinning its tale, and its setting in a high school rife with cliques and boorish behavior made it instantly accessible to many people, even if they had never been drenched in pig's blood. Pigs actually show up inEvilspeak, too, but here the formulation of the mild mannered little sad sack rising up to take his revenge has little of Carrie's impact since it's divorced from a commonplace setting and perhaps even more importantly from any sort of larger background with regard to its main character, one Stanley Coopersmith (Clint Howard), a picked on young man at a military academy. When Stanley stumbles on an old cache of Satanic materials in a kind of cavern like cellar at the institution, suddenly there seems to be a potential route forward for the afflicted kid. Evilspeak is in fact a fairly basic revenge saga?...