Evil Town (1977) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Curtis Hanson, Larry Spiegel, Peter S. Traynor
STARRING: James Keach, Dean Jagger, Robert Walker Jr.
RATED: R/REGION O/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome
Passing through a small town with a population of just 666, a group of youths discovers that a crazed scientist is creating an army of zombies. And he is doing this by getting help from the whole town. Can they make it out? Will they be able to get help from anyone else? You’ll have to get this one from Vinegar Syndrome and see!
It should come as no surprise to you that a movie called Evil Town is about a town that is well…EVIL! The population is 666 and the town folk is kidnapping everyone who comes through town so they can send them down to the local hospital so a made doctor can perform experiments on them! Some of the people in the town simply do that, but others go as far as to do much worse to the teenage women who roll through. The movie packs a very interesting vibe and mood, I’ll certainly give it that. It also packs a leading crazy doctor who is played by an actor who at times seems like he can’t even put together a full English sentence without some major issues. If you know me, you know stuff like that only makes me dig something like this even more and as far as horror movies go it does manage to pack about every element people who like horror like to see in the horror movies they watch. The only real downside to this one for me would be it can be a bit slow at times and as a result, does take some time to get to some points that we are waiting for.
So, we have blood, naked breasts, and a doctor who seems like he couldn’t act his way out of a wet paper bag. When you add all of that into the weird and eerie mood and tone of the movie I’d say we overall have a winner. We also have a movie that packs an awesome poster and slipcase with it that are limited to just 2,500 copies. Does that mean that Vinegar Syndrome won’t be making a standard version later? I don’t know, but this is a very thick and cool slipcase and I’m sure if you like this movie or buy it and dig you’ll wish you had the slipcase and the poster that goes along with it. Evil Town is one of those movies that I’m not sure why I hadn’t seen it before now, but it’s a pretty cool horror flick. It has some flaws, but it still gets the job done.
– Interview with Director Larry Spiegel
– Compare And Contrast
NOTE: This release is part of the new Vinegar Syndrome Archive line, which is described by Vinegar Syndrome as follows:
“We are pleased to present the Vinegar Syndrome Archive line, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era. This collection was inspired by our own video store, The Archive, and is designed to be extra appealing and affordable for all local brick and mortar video stores by offering them below market wholesale pricing.
Unique to this line, each hand numbered limited edition release will come fitted in a specially designed, bottom loading VHS inspired slipcase, featuring the original video art used for the film, while also including a double-sided poster.
These releases will ONLY be available on our website and at participating brick and mortar retailers. Absolutely no other online stores will be stocking them. Each release is strictly limited to 2,500 units and will never be re-released in another version. We are allocating 2,000 units to sell on our website and 500 units to be sold at participating retail video stores.”
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%