Horror movies about teens with supernatural powers have been with us for a long time, but Evilspeak adds juicy novelty, thanks to: a) the Wargames-era presence of a bulky home computer as a gateway to Satan; b) a military school setting where sadism is already encouraged; and c) rampaging, bloodthirsty devil pigs. All of this mayhem is orchestrated by put-upon cadet Stanley (Clint Howard), a kid so unbearably schlubby that even his teachers don’t like him. When they finally push him too far, the ruling elite get theirs thanks to a flying, demon-eyed Howard (who’s discovered the school was founded by a lord of darkness) and some of the decade’s tastiest gore scenes, including a show-stopping sword impalement. Complete with that unmistakable early ‘80s aura and the battiest treatment of a cute puppy in cinema history, this is the kind of tasteless, utterly watchable celluloid gold they just don’t make anymore.
Dir. Eric Weston, 1981, 35mm, 89 min.

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