Monday, July 6, 2009

976-EVIL (1988)

The best word I can find that accurately describes 976-EVIL is that it is very "1988-y" in that it never takes itself serious in the least, and falls back on cheap gags and cheaper puns as it walks the fine line of mediocrity. There is only one thing that makes this film work, and his name is Stephen Geoffreys. After being type-cast in the role of Evil Ed from the 80s classic Fright Night, Robert Englund sure wasted no time in securing Geoffreys for the quirky lead in his directorial debut. Without him, the film would have likely disappeared off the radar, but its almost impossible not to enjoy Geoffreys many incarnations of the geeky misfit teen hellbent on revenge. The make-up and FX are ok.. I guess.. but there is nothing that stands out besides some terrible blue screening towards the end. As for the plot, it is an extremely expected and conventional revenge bore in the vein of Evilspeak, sprinkled with a few uninteresting deaths. For a nostalgic trip down 80s Lane, it is good for a laugh, but this one is definitely a renter. A social outcast is given the power to exact his revenge by the evil powers lurking behind a horoscope phone service.

Rating: 6/10.



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2 comments:

  1. Oh my, I had completely forgotten about this one. I am going to have to check it out again for laughs.

    Cheers!

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  2. LOVED THIS ONE, A TRUE FUN FLICK. EVERYTIME I WATCH STEPHEN IN A MOVIE NOW ALL I CAN THINK OF IS HE BECAME A PORN STAR, THAT JUST BLOWS MY MIND.

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