Horror Movie Review: Evilspeak (1981)


Welcome back to the wonderful world of video nasties, that infamous list of movies that were cited as being obscene & a danger to the public. Most of them are available completely uncut nowadays including this one, Evilspeak.

Banned because of its gore & basis in Satanism, you know this is going to be something special when Anton LaVey (Church of Satan) considers it to be ‘very satanic’.

Opening on a beach a long time ago, we see Father Estaban & his followers being banished for thinking that Satan is a bit of a top guy. Estaban & his gang don’t seem to be bothered about banishment as one woman takes her top off (as you do) and lets Estaban chop her head off. It’s pretty awesome!

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Jump forward in time & we meet Stanley Coopersmith, a young man attending a military academy where he is mercilessly bullied by his classmates & a few of the teachers. Coopersmith is regularly punished for reasons that aren’t his fault & one such punishment is to clean the church cellar.

There he finds a secret room that belonged to everyone’s favourite Satanist, Father Estaban. Coopersmith finds a book of black magic & after translating it using his computer (Latin: Coopersmith is computer-smart) realises he can perform a Black Mass & summon Satan to get his revenge on his tormentors.

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Most of the film is watching Coopersmith struggle at school while being tormented. He’s an easy target & we’ve seen many movies (not just horror) that have his style of character. The bullies always get their comeuppance at the end & Evilspeak is no different.

Well, that is until the final 10 minutes where the film goes bat-shit crazy. Think Carrie but involving flesh-eating pigs, fire & Coopersmith flying around with a huge sword. It’s crazy, very graphic & a ton of fun, it’s worth seeing the film for this part alone.

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Not to say the rest is bad or anything, it just isn’t anything special. Considering the generic characters the acting is good & Coopersmith is a sympathetic character if not a little too soft for military school. Mixing Satanist imagery with computer effects is pretty cool even if it looks dated now. It’s nice to see ideas were being tried out & it stands as a great reminder of the imagination that existed in this decade.

Evilspeak has a cult following & when ever anyone talks about it they invariably end up raving about the ending. I’m no different…

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