Fear No Evil (1981) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Frank LaLoggia
Starring: Stefan Arngrim, Elizabeth Hoffman, Kathleen Rowe McAllen
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
God has appointed three archangels to fight against Lucifer, who has assumed human features. Archangel Raphael, in the guise of Father Damon, kills Lucifer and ends his life in jail. But his sister, Archangel Mikhail, knows that one day the Devil will reappear. Eighteen years later, Lucifer returns, now in the form of Andrew, a brilliant but shy schoolboy who becomes conscious of his devilish nature on his birthday. Archangel Mikhail, allies with Gabrielle to defeat Lucifer in this “remarkably assured, personal and powerful film [that] is never less than gripping” (TV Guide)!
Fear No Evil is one of the strangest movies I’ve ever run across and thanks to Scream Factory we now have it here on Blu-ray. A priest fights off The Devil in the opening of the film but we learn that later the Devil will return and that he does in the form of a baby. The baby then grows into a teen but the parents know something is wrong with him and this causes issues between them. I mean, heck, they couldn’t even baptize him without chaos breaking loose. But here hie is becoming a man, getting picked on at school, and soon to be causing some of the wildest stuff you’ve ever seen. From zombies to Jesus (not a zombie Jesus mind you) we have a little bit of everything here. The only issue is as far as I’m concerned is that things just drag and get dull in between all the fun stuff. And those things just might be too dull.
This movie shows some creepy and cool things but it can be a bore at times. There are times when we follow such things as our born again Satan being picked on and clamoring for a woman that tends to be a bit too dull. Even if stuff like that gets broken up a bit by an awkward kissing scene and a hell of a game of dodgeball. The movie is one of those you’ll for sure want to give a spin at night and as late as possible to just help with the mood. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep during those down times I spoke of. The movie doesn’t look the best we’ve seen on Blu-ray, but it does look better than it ever has or will I’m sure. We got some nice interviews in the extras and it’s cool seeing something like this hitting Blu-ray! This is the type of release that Scream Factory is known for. I just wish it was a little bit better than it is overall.
– NEW interview with actor Stefan Arngrim
– NEW interview with special effects artist John Eggett
– Audio Commentary with writer/director Frank LaLoggia and cinematographer Frederic Goodich
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spots
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 78%