Evilspeak (1982)

Professional weirdo Clint Howard plays one of his more interesting oppressed-geek roles in this occult revenge thriller about a tormented military-school nerd (apparently in his mid-thirties!) whose personal computer provides the only… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 26, 1982
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

There's plenty of weirdness to the story of Evilspeak that I dug but I just couldn't get into a movie that does nothing but emotionally pummel its protagonist for the first 70 mins then doesn't give him or the audience a truly satisfying conclusion.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

[Co-director] Weston was giving less-discriminating horror audiences in 1981 what he thought they wanted: Carrie with more gore, more beheadings, and all the Satanic pigs they could handle.

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People Magazine

Eric Weston, a sometime actor directing his first film, is no Brian De Palma. But this is a passable variation on De Palma's 1976 chiller, Carrie.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A fascinatingly deranged horror flick, but also one that's really slow in its first hour.

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Jeff Beck

Evilspeak may provide a laugh or two, but it's too easily noticeable that there's just not much here, resulting in an empty film that feels stretched beyond its means.

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Future generations will be watching it for years to come, fascinated that something so daft could possibly have caused such outrage, and no doubt thoroughly enjoying its crazy excesses too.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Clint Howard + satanic pigs = MOVIE GOLD.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

To be fair, the machine we see here looks pretty impressive by 1981 standards and the graphics it produces must have been a lot of trouble to create, but it's hard to imagine what Montague Summers would have made of it.

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TV Guide

Remarkably engaging, imaginative, and well crafted.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Hell hath no fury like a nerd seeking revenge. This is not a run-of-the-mill geek-empowerment flick as the preface of a cult being excommunicated from Spain… More
Marcus Woolcott
It's essentially a male Carrie, and worth a watch.
Alex roy
Enjoyable cult film, Evilspeak is one of those forgotten horror gems that is a must watch for genre fans that are looking for a fun, entertaining and ultimately… More
Lee ?
Delivers on the gore but it makes you wait nearly an hour after the opening decapitation scene. Up until then it's pretty much a tale of a young… More