by Jesse Nelson of EXHUMED
Avco Embassy Home Video
I first saw this film, I thought it was
effectively creepy and atmospheric. 15 years
later, I find it to be interesting, but
ultimately dull and sloppy.
The story concerns the reincarnation
of the devil (who is portrayed as a flamboyant
homosexual watch him scamper around
at the end of the film) who is being hunted
by several angels in human form. The movie's
certainly an allegory for the persecution
that homosexuals face in society, but is
totally over the top in its homoeroticism,
including a very disturbing scene in the
boys' locker room shower.
There's a lot going on here
and FEAR NO EVIL is much deeper than it
really should be for a horror film. In addition,
it can't really decide what it wants to
be: one minute it wants to be a gory horror
film, and by the next it wants to be an
"awkward teen" high school flick.
The score by director Frank
LaLoggia (LADY IN WHITE) is overbearing
and inappropriate, while the songs in the
film (including Blank Generation
by Richard Hell!!) come too often and then
not at all.
FEAR NO EVIL is the rare 80s
horror movie that actually has a story.
In fact, it has so much story that I found
myself scratching my head at many points
and yawning at others. I hate to say this
is a bad thing based on the number
of mindless horror movies I've seen
but the pacing is so weak, by the time the
zombies showed up I almost didn't care.
I say "almost" because the last
15-20 minutes is just great, it just seems
like it takes forever to get there.
It's hard not to recommend
a film that tries so hard, but that may
be its biggest flaw. There's a lot of potential
here, and the movie has its moments, but
aside from the last act, it just doesn't