Monday, September 24, 2007

Fear No Evil (1981)

Fear 0/1
Gore 0/1
Entertainment 3/5
Creepiness 3/5
Nightmares 0/5

According to my digital cable, this film was produced for around $150K. I'm not sure if I am supposed to be impressed by that or surprised that it cost that much. I'm going with the latter.

With special effects that rival anything Sid and Marty Krofft came up with (or possibly the wizards behind Xanadu), Fear No Evil is the story of Lucifer reborn into the body of an effeminate young weirdo who looks an awful lot like Quentin Tarantino. Three arch-angels are chasing him down, but can't seem to all get born at the same time so, consequently, Lucifer remains one step ahead.

Meanwhile Lucifer, in front of a soundtrack containing The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Richard Hell, Talking Heads and others, is busying himself with appearing in the nude a lot, making out with Vinnie Barbarino wannabes in the gym locker (he later makes the guy grow a set of boobs) and killing fellow students with red rubber balls while doing push-ups (yes, it's true). He also, towards the end of the movie, manages to raise an army of zombies from their graves and kill a number of innocent people who are enjoying the annual Easter play put on by the church (in the summer). This includes the guy playing Jebus who suffers from a spontaneous and deadly case of stigmata.

It's an extremely weird movie with more "dicks and ass" than "tits and ass" (hence the tag of D&A below) and very little blood. Still, the melodramatic acting and effort that was put forth into this thing is worth something and I was definitely entertained...if only because there were so, so, SO many MST3K moments to be had.

Excellent party film with a great soundtrack. Terrible horror film though.

- Complaint Department

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