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Film / Evilspeak

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Watch out, Clint Howard has been powered up by Satan and he's out for blood - literally!

Evilspeak is a horror movie from the year 1981.

Things suck for Stanley Coopersmith (Clint Howard). He's a welfare student for a military school and is basically at the bottom of the pecking order. One day it all changes when he is given a punishment duty of cleaning the academy's chapel's basement. There he discovers belongings of late Father Esteban Lorenzo (Richard Moll), who was exiled from Spain for Satanism in the 16th century. Coopersmith then starts studying Lorenzo's material and later uses his newly gained power to turn the tables against his tormentors.


Examples within this movie:

  • And Show It to You: Douglas "Bubba" Caldwell dies when the undead Sarge rips his heart out.
  • Asshole Victim: The gang of bullies, Sarge, and the sadistic teachers all die horribly painful deaths after Coopersmith finally snaps and makes a deal with the devil.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The ending suggests that Stanley may not be insane but patiently biding his time to inflict more evil on the world ...
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Coopersmith's bullies kill a puppy he recently adopted. Finding the dog's remains was the last straw that starts his deal with the devil.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Coopersmith.
  • Cobweb of Disuse: When Coopersmith first finds the basement where Esteban Lorenzo's satanic work was kept, it was very unkempt.
  • Crusty Caretaker: Sarge.
  • Deal with the Devil: Father Esteban has done this and after discovering his works, Coopersmith plans to do the same.
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  • Eaten Alive: The fate of Ms. Friedemeyer and a student as they are devoured by pigs.
  • Fat Bastard: Ox Baker, one of Douglas's cronies.
  • Fetus Terrible: In Coopersmith's nightmare, an embryo in a jar tries to angrily escape its confines.
  • Groin Attack: When the church caretaker threatens to snap the neck of Coopersmith's puppy, he kicks him in the groin.
  • Hate Sink: The majority of the supporting cast due to their cruel treatment of Coopersmith.
  • Heartbeat Soundtrack: Used for the ending text scroll.
  • Human Sacrifice: Human blood is required to finish the black mass.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of the staff members is used as a human sacrifice by being thrown up to a hanging pentagram littered with spikes. The blood dripping down fuels the satanic ritual.
  • Jerkass: Everyone except JoJo and the mess hall cook towards Coopersmith.
  • Man on Fire: One of the soccer team members dies by fire when the satanic powers erupt in the chapel.
  • Messy Pig: One of Coopersmith's punishment duties has him feeding the pigs of the academy. They later become the instruments of his revenge.
  • Miles Gloriosus: The Neidermeyer macho student and teacher bullies are reduced to squirming Dirty Cowards once Coopersmith slaughters them all.
  • Neck Snap: Satanic power forces Sarge's neck to twist itself 180 degrees.
  • The Neidermeyer: The male students and teaching staff of the military school are this towards Coopersmith.
  • Nightmare Dreams: Coopersmith has a nightmare after reading Father Esteban's works for the first time.
  • Off with His Head!: In the opening scene and couple more in the climax.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Sprinkled all throughout the film's music... it usually signals something terrible is going to happen.
  • Power Floats: Stanley, now possessed by Esteban, hovers above the boars devouring his persecutors.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: The oath that Coopersmith makes to Satan ("By the four beasts before the throne. By the fire which is about the throne"), while sinister-sounding, is actually lifted from the Book of Revelation's description of God's throne room in Heaven, which would make it the exact opposite of being Satanic in nature.
  • Shower Scene: Ms. Friedemeyer has one before she is killed.
  • Sinister Minister: Father Esteban and Reverend Jameson.
  • Spiteful Spit: Father Esteban spits at the man of God who gives him his judgement in the opening scene.
  • A Taste of the Lash: Col. Kincaid beats Coopersmith with a horsewhip to punish him.
    "Assume the position."
  • Unishment: The Spanish Church authorities, instead of killing or imprisoning Evil Sorceror Esteban, they say they are going to exile him from Spain, along with all of his magical books, items and followers, and leave him completely alone to do whatever he pleases without interference in the hopes that he will see the light on his own and change for the better. Even Esteban can't conceal the huge smirk on his face at the generous conditions of this 'punishment'. Literally the scene after this 'sentence' is laid down, Esteban and his followers perform a human sacrifice as though in celebration.
  • Video Nasties: It was one of the 39 prosecuted films.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Bubba's friend Ox gets eaten by pigs in the climax, he completely loses it and breaks down crying. Some pigs maul him, but he manages to escape to the basement only for the now undead Sarge to rip his heart out with his bare hands.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After completing the ritual, Stanley attacks and kills everyone trapped in the church. The ending text claims he's now in a mental asylum over the realization of what he's done.
    • Or is that the case? The ominous "I will return" text on the computer has the name Esteban replaced with "Stanley Coopersmith" and a different pixelated face appears. Is Stanley's soul now bound in place of Esteban's?
  • World of Jerkass: The military academy turns out to be a Wretched Hive with JoJo and the mess hall cook as exceptions.