Blu-ray Review: FEAR NO EVIL

FEAR NO EVIL was written and directed by Frank LaLoggia and stars Stefan Arngrim, Elizabeth Hoffman, Daniel Eden, Paul Haber, Roslyn Gugino, Mari Anne Simpson, John Holland and introducing Kathleen Rowe McAllen. The soundtrack features songs by The Ramones, B-52’s, Talking Heads, The Sex Pistols and more.

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 at Alexandria High 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)!

The opening scene of Fear No Evil shows Father Damon aka the archangel Rafael (John Holland) defeat Lucifer and then the devil finds a way to make a come back many years later. When Lucifer is resurrected in the form of a high school student, it’s up to a couple of female archangels to try and stop him before it’s too late. Andrew Williams (Stefan Arngrim) is a shy teenager who finds out that he’s the Antichrist on his special day. His awkward situation goes from being bullied in school to murdering his prey when they get in his way. Talk about growing pains!

Margaret Buchanan (Elizabeth Hoffman) is the reincarnated archangel Mikhail and Julie (Kathleen Rowe McAllen) is the reincarnated archangel Gabrielle and it’s up to these two heavenly warriors to stop Lucifer no matter what the cost. The supernateral beast is going around getting his revenge on the ones who hurt his human host plus he’s raising the dead to help him with his conquest. The big battle takes place during the school dance at a gothic castle estate where Mikhail and Gabrielle confront the Antichrist with Father Damon’s giant crucifix that has the power to destroy the evil beast once and for all.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I didn’t think I had seen Fear No Evil before but after watching it I remember bits and pieces of this supernatural creeper, especially the crazy ending. I guess I’d watched it before late at night on HBO back in the day or something like that. Anyway, it’s a story of good versus evil with a homoerotic bullying vibe thrown in (that shower scene) with some gothic punk rock attitude to boot. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll! Fear No Evil is definitely a strange brew and I’d go as far to say that it was ahead of its time because of some of its content. The cast did a great job with their characters and Frank LaLoggia did a really good job telling his story and bringing it to life on screen even though there were a few production issues with the biggest one being the budget restraints. Fear No Evil is Rock ‘n’ Roll High School meets The Exoricist. It’s is a cheesy fun horror romp with a kickass soundtrack. The 1981 supernatural cult classic will make its Blu-ray debut on September 24th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definiton Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include two new interviews with some of the cast and crew, audio commentary, theatrical trailer, TV spots and a still gallery.

  • NEW Interview with actor Stefan Arngrim (37:12)
  • NEW Interview with special effects artist John Eggett (28:23)
  • Audio Commentary with actor Stefan Arngrim
  • Theatrical Trailer (00:39)
  • TV Spots (03:25)
  • Still Gallery (03:37)

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