Evilspeak (1982)

R | 89 mins | Horror, Fantasy | 15 January 1982

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HISTORY

The film opens with the following quote from Kahlil Gibran: “And Satan said to the Man of God…‘What would you do tomorrow if you allowed me to die today? What vocation would you pursue if my name disappeared?’” The following epilogue precedes end credits: “Suffering from shock and catatonic withdrawal, attributed to his having witnessed the fiery death of his dear friends and teachers, Stanley Coopersmith, sole survivor of the tragic accident at West Andover Academy Chapel, was admitted to Sunnydale Asylum. He remains there still.” A message from the demonic computer reads: “By the four beasts before the throne, by the fire which is about the throne, by the most holy and glorious name, Satan. I, Stanley Coopersmith, will return. I WILL RETURN.”
       End credits include special thanks to: Absco Welding Equipment; Adidas; The Apple Club of Santa Barbara; Apple Computers; California Department of Transportation; California Motion Picture Council; Jim Childs, Bible Artwork; The Computer Shop of Santa Barbara; Computers Unlimited; Country Music Entertainment; Crush International Inc.; Dos Pueblos High School Marching Band; Ike Jenkins, Band Director; Double Cola; Dr. Pepper Corporation; Milt Friedman Auto Leasing; Igloo Coolers; Knudsen Corporation; Nash Manufacturing; Perrier; Polaroid; Russel & Russel; Saint Anthony Seminary; Schwinn Bicycle Company; Solar Winds Natural Foods; Umbro International; Peter Walsh, Computer Programmer; and Warner/Electra/Atlantic Records.
       The name of key grip Wendell Wethington is misspelled as “Wendall.”
       The character of “Douglas Caldwell,” son of “Mrs. Caldwell,” is not credited onscreen, although a casting call in the 16 Jun 1980 DV suggested that the character of “Bubba” was originally intended as Mrs. Caldwell’s son. The listing indicated that the Latin “Teacher,” played by Thomas Hilliard, was named ... More Less

The film opens with the following quote from Kahlil Gibran: “And Satan said to the Man of God…‘What would you do tomorrow if you allowed me to die today? What vocation would you pursue if my name disappeared?’” The following epilogue precedes end credits: “Suffering from shock and catatonic withdrawal, attributed to his having witnessed the fiery death of his dear friends and teachers, Stanley Coopersmith, sole survivor of the tragic accident at West Andover Academy Chapel, was admitted to Sunnydale Asylum. He remains there still.” A message from the demonic computer reads: “By the four beasts before the throne, by the fire which is about the throne, by the most holy and glorious name, Satan. I, Stanley Coopersmith, will return. I WILL RETURN.”
       End credits include special thanks to: Absco Welding Equipment; Adidas; The Apple Club of Santa Barbara; Apple Computers; California Department of Transportation; California Motion Picture Council; Jim Childs, Bible Artwork; The Computer Shop of Santa Barbara; Computers Unlimited; Country Music Entertainment; Crush International Inc.; Dos Pueblos High School Marching Band; Ike Jenkins, Band Director; Double Cola; Dr. Pepper Corporation; Milt Friedman Auto Leasing; Igloo Coolers; Knudsen Corporation; Nash Manufacturing; Perrier; Polaroid; Russel & Russel; Saint Anthony Seminary; Schwinn Bicycle Company; Solar Winds Natural Foods; Umbro International; Peter Walsh, Computer Programmer; and Warner/Electra/Atlantic Records.
       The name of key grip Wendell Wethington is misspelled as “Wendall.”
       The character of “Douglas Caldwell,” son of “Mrs. Caldwell,” is not credited onscreen, although a casting call in the 16 Jun 1980 DV suggested that the character of “Bubba” was originally intended as Mrs. Caldwell’s son. The listing indicated that the Latin “Teacher,” played by Thomas Hilliard, was named “Barrington,” and also revealed plans to cast a quadriplegic character called “Captain Martindale,” who was not included in the film. DV listed “Miss Freidemyer” as “Miss Friedermyer.”
       According to a 7 May 1980 Var article, pre-production began Apr 1980 with a budget of $3 million. Producers expected to premiere Evilspeak at the Cannes Film Festival the following year. On 27 Jun 1980, HR reported that Bunny Summers had joined the cast, but she does not appear in the film.
       After the 23 Jul 1980 HR announced that Evilspeak was filming in South Central Los Angeles, CA, a 24 Jul 1980 DV article stated that the production had moved to Santa Barbara, CA. The news item mentioned the casting of “Dawn Stark,” referring to actor Don Stark. Evilspeak was one of eleven feature films that had signed an interim agreement with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), allowing production to continue throughout the current SAG strike. The 8 Aug 1980 HR noted that under the waiver, filming took place in a warehouse in Chatsworth, CA, which required the crew to wear gas masks due to hazardous filming conditions and effects. At that time, debut screenwriter-director-producer Eric Weston expected to complete principal photography the week of 30 Jun 1980. On 22 Oct 1980, Var reported a budget of $4 million.
       Once the project entered post production, the 4 Mar 1981 HR stated that Robert D. Bailey was hired to create the “devil-possessed computer” device. An advertisement in the 20 Mar 1981 HR announced that the American Film Marketing Association (AMFA) would screen the picture in Dolby Stereo, at the Regent Theater in Westwood, CA, on 23 Mar 1981, 25 Mar 1981, and 27 Mar 1981.
       A news story in the 6 May 1981 Var stated that Eric Weston was suing the Coronet Film Corporation for breach of contract and fraud, due to their failure to pay him twenty-five percent stock in the company and excluding him from all company dealings since May 1980. The outcome of the lawsuit remains undetermined.
       According to the 24 Dec 1981 DV, independent subdistributor Marvin Friedlander included Evilspeak among a group of films which he planned to open in New York City in the event that any scheduled theater bookings for other major releases fell through. The article also stated that the film had already opened wide in Chicago, IL. The 25 Jan 1982 DV reported that Evilspeak had collected $411,292 in box office grosses since the picture’s 15 Jan 1982 Los Angeles, CA, release. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Jun 1980.
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Daily Variety
24 Jul 1980
p. 1, 30.
Daily Variety
24 Dec 1981.
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Daily Variety
25 Jan 1982
p. 29.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Mar 1981.
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Los Angeles Times
14 Jan 1982
p. 7.
Variety
7 May 1980
p. 14, 340.
Variety
22 Oct 1980.
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Variety
6 May 1981.
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Variety
27 Jan 1982
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Leisure Investment Company Camel Film Corporation Production
Sylvio Tabet presents
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam op/Panaglide op
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Best boy grip
Gaffer
Elec
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Prod storyboards
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Set dresser
Set dresser
Const supv
COSTUMES
Ward asst
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus exec
Mus supv
Mus contractor
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd re-rec
Sd re-rec
Sd re-rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec photographic eff by
Art dir of eff by
Spec photog
Titles by
MAKEUP
Spec visual eff makeup by
Spec visual eff makeup by
Spec visual eff makeup by
Spec visual eff makeup by
Spec visual eff makeup asst
Spec visual eff makeup asst
Spec visual eff makeup asst
Spec visual eff makeup asst
Spec visual eff makeup asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Post prod exec
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Post prod accountant
Mirrored contacts by
Custom electronics
Spec signal processing
Animals by
Wrangler
Wrangler
Wrangler
Prod secy
Catered by
Extra casting by
Extra casting by
Talent coord
Loc mgr
Asst to Mr. Tabet
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post prod asst
STAND INS
Stunt demon
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt coord
Stunt asst
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Evilspeaks
Release Date:
15 January 1982
Premiere Information:
AFMA screening: 23 March 1981
Chicago opening: 1981
Los Angeles opening: 15 January 1982
Production Date:
began April 1980 in Los Angeles, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, and Chatsworth, CA
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In medieval times, a priest banishes a cloaked man named Lorenzo Esteban from Spain; Esteban spits in the priest’s face and walks down the beach to a pyre, where he conducts a sacrificial ritual by beheading a woman. At the West Andover Military Academy in contemporary California, a young man named Stanley Coopersmith is injured in a soccer match. When his teammates harass him for his poor playing, the coach suggests that one of the bullies, Bubba, injure Coopersmith to prevent the boy from participating in future games. In the showers, the players tease Coopersmith about his deceased parents. Meanwhile, Colonel Kincaid explains to a woman named Mrs. Caldwell that the army has been forced to enlist less-fortunate men such as Coopersmith, even though their lack of competence may hurt the military’s reputation. Looking for Reverend Jameson, Coopersmith descends to the cellar of the academy’s chapel, where he runs into a man known as “Sarge.” The reverend instructs Sarge to help Coopersmith clean the cellar while he shows Mrs. Caldwell around the chapel, explaining its connection to the Spanish Inquisition. Coopersmith finds a hole in a brick wall, leading to a darkened room full of dusty books and a tiny fetus preserved in a jar. The fetus begins to move, and an arm bursts through the stone wall to grab Coopersmith by the neck. As the hooded figure of Lorenzo Esteban glides toward him in the light, Coopersmith awakens from a nightmare in his bed, realizing he overslept. When he reaches his Latin classroom, he notices that one of the books from his cellar dream, decorated with a pentagram and containing foreign symbols, is among his textbooks. The teacher ... +


In medieval times, a priest banishes a cloaked man named Lorenzo Esteban from Spain; Esteban spits in the priest’s face and walks down the beach to a pyre, where he conducts a sacrificial ritual by beheading a woman. At the West Andover Military Academy in contemporary California, a young man named Stanley Coopersmith is injured in a soccer match. When his teammates harass him for his poor playing, the coach suggests that one of the bullies, Bubba, injure Coopersmith to prevent the boy from participating in future games. In the showers, the players tease Coopersmith about his deceased parents. Meanwhile, Colonel Kincaid explains to a woman named Mrs. Caldwell that the army has been forced to enlist less-fortunate men such as Coopersmith, even though their lack of competence may hurt the military’s reputation. Looking for Reverend Jameson, Coopersmith descends to the cellar of the academy’s chapel, where he runs into a man known as “Sarge.” The reverend instructs Sarge to help Coopersmith clean the cellar while he shows Mrs. Caldwell around the chapel, explaining its connection to the Spanish Inquisition. Coopersmith finds a hole in a brick wall, leading to a darkened room full of dusty books and a tiny fetus preserved in a jar. The fetus begins to move, and an arm bursts through the stone wall to grab Coopersmith by the neck. As the hooded figure of Lorenzo Esteban glides toward him in the light, Coopersmith awakens from a nightmare in his bed, realizing he overslept. When he reaches his Latin classroom, he notices that one of the books from his cellar dream, decorated with a pentagram and containing foreign symbols, is among his textbooks. The teacher keeps him in class after the lesson and instructs him to visit the colonel’s office at the end of the day. Later, Coopersmith uses a computer to translate the Latin words inside the book, which read: “I, Esteban, have come to know that the entire world is a domain of evil, ruled over by an evil spirit. And since the power that dominates the world is evil, then it follows that Satan must be God.” Other entries dated 20 February 1535 and 11 May 1541 explain that Esteban planned to exact revenge on the men who wished to kill him. In the hallway, Coopersmith’s teammates throw his hat out the window and tease him until Reverend Jameson passes by. Before meeting with Colonel Kincaid, Coopersmith drops Esteban’s book in the trash. In his office, Kincaid smacks Coopersmith with a stick as punishment, as the colonel’s secretary, Miss Friedemyer, eavesdrops outside. While Coopersmith cleans the compound pigsties, Miss Friedemyer finds the discarded book. As she attempts to pry the pentagram medallion from its cover, the pigs become violent and attempt to attack Coopersmith. He runs away, and when he is unable to find his book in his room, Coopersmith assumes the bullies took it, and confronts them at the roller rink. The next day, Coopersmith asks Miss Friedemyer about the book, but she denies having seen it. He then unsuccessfully attempts to research information about the occult on the computer. Moving the computer into the cellar, Coopersmith types: “Satan, hear my plea and through the rite of the Black Mass help me stand erect before my enemy and defy his curse,” before asking it what ingredients he needs to perform a Black Mass ritual. The computer responds by displaying instructions and a passage. Although Coopersmith compiles the ingredients from the cellar shelves and reads the passage aloud, the machine tells him that the ritual has failed because he does not have unholy water or blood from a consecrated host. Reverend Jameson yells at Coopersmith for not having cleaned the cellar, and instructs him to go eat supper. The cook prepares him food in the dining hall, and then shows him his puppies, offering him the runt of the litter. Coopersmith takes the dog and brings it to the chapel cellar, where he builds it a makeshift crate. The computer recognizes the presence of the dog as a consecrated host, and Coopersmith again recites the ritual commands, summoning dark spirits. He follows noises down a passageway, where he is attacked by cloaked figures wearing animal masks. When Coopersmith falls unconscious, the figures remove their masks and reveal themselves to be his bully teammates. Coopersmith revives, believing that the ritual was successful. Later that night, while visiting the puppy, Coopersmith awakens Sarge, who discovers the secret chambers and the dog. As they fight, a pentagram flashes on the computer screen, and Sarge’s neck twists until it snaps. Coopersmith attempts to tell the coach and Colonel Kincaid about what happened, but they dismiss him to his room. He then discovers Esteban’s tomb in the cellar. Meanwhile, after showering in her apartment, Miss Friedemyer is killed by vicious pigs. Coopersmith and his friend, Kowalski, attend a pep rally for their upcoming soccer match, which includes the academy beauty competition. Later, when Coopersmith smokes marijuana with one of the contest winners, his teammates exclude him from the game, and Kincaid detains him from the team entirely. The soccer players drunkenly retreat to the cellar and find Coopersmith’s dog, computer, and books. Reading the computer’s message about the need for a consecrated host, Bubba nearly stabs the dog, but the device changes to request “human blood.” When Coopersmith returns to the cellar in the morning, he finds the dog’s bloody body, as the screen continues to flash, “Human blood I WILL RETURN,” and the name on Esteban’s tomb erupts into flames. A teacher finds bloody handprints on the chapel Communion table, and descends to the cellar, looking for Coopersmith. The boy types a message devoting himself to Satan, kills the teacher, and drinks the man’s blood. As Reverend Jameson delivers a sermon to the soccer team, Esteban takes possession of Coopersmith’s body, and the marble crucifix in the chapel comes to life. The nail holding Jesus to the cross impales itself into the reverend’s skull, and the doors lock, trapping the players inside. The chapel burns, and Coopersmith’s body rises from the cellar, killing Colonel Kincaid with a sword while pigs attack the remaining boys. Bubba runs downstairs, where Sarge inserts his hand into the boy’s chest to remove his organs, and the church crumbles to ruin. +

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