Blu Release – 3.5/5
Director – Roberta Findlay (Blood Sisters, Banned)
Starring – William Beckwith (Tromeo and Juliette, Thrilled to Death), Christine Moore (Superboy, Lurkers), and Mavis Harris (Suffering Bastards, Video Violence 2)
Release Date – 1988
Rating – 3/5
I absolutely love horror films centered around Satanic cults. These films were huge in the 70s with a few random films popping up here and there in the 80s. I’ve been lucky enough to review a few of these films over the years but there just isn’t enough of them if you ask me.
Sometime ago the fine folks over at Vinegar Syndrome released the Roberta Findlay double feature with the two films Prime Evil and Lurkers. The first in this set is the 1988 Satanic cult film Prime Evil. When I discovered what this film was about I knew it was going to fucking enjoy it. Thank you Vin Syn for sending this one my way.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows a young woman whose wealthy grandfather plans on using her as a sacrifice in a Satanic ritual with a group of rogue catholic priests who now worship the devil. Along for the ride is a catholic priest who suspects that there is a dark coven in his city killing women. He enlists the help of a nun who was almost a member of the coven to help stop them before more innocent lives are lost. **Spoiler Alert**
I wasn’t expecting Prime Evil to be the best Satanic cult film I had ever seen but I was expecting to have fun with it…and I did. Sure, there was plenty of room for improvement but it was fun for what it was worth.
The acting in this one just wasn’t for me. The cast spit their dialogue out like it was a Skinemax late night special but it lacked the abundance of softcore sex scenes to make it fun. The cast isn’t bad but they did lack the conviction to make the scenes believable. That can’t be said for every scene but a majority of them were very lackluster in regards to the acting.
The story for this one is fun but not that original especially by 1988. Satanic cults in New York is nothing new to film but this one does make it fun. It has some sleaze and a solid amount of action to carry the viewer to the end game.
Finally, this one does have some kills but they are rather quick and done so in a way that the viewer doesn’t get to see great practical effects. In fact, the kills are just part of the story and not the enjoyment. Overall, Prime Evil is far from perfect but it is a fun late night watch. I recommend checking this one out.
Director – Roberta Findlay (Banned, Blood Sisters)
Starring – Christine Moore (Superboy, Thrillers to Death), Gary Warner (Godzilla, Prime Evil), and Marina Taylor
Release Date – 1988
Rating – 3.5/5
I love weird horror films that have unconventional stories. Most horror fans want the same thing crammed down their throat so they can bitch and moan about originality being dead. If these dumbasses would just look at the releases of companies like Vinegar Syndrome you would find some unique and entertaining horror and cult flicks.
Sometime ago they released the Roberta Findlay double feature with the two 1988 films Prime Evil and Lurkers. Prime Evil was a fun Satanic cult flick but Lurkers was surprisingly my favorite of the two films. Thank you Vin Syn for sending this one my way.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows a young woman who had a traumatizing childhood when her mother snapped and tried to kill her. She still relives the horrible experience in her nightmares. She has a very successful boyfriend and one night agrees to go with him to a party as his office that was recently remodeled. What she doesn’t know is that the office he just remodeled was once the very same apartment that her mom tried to kill her in and far more sinister forces are at play here.**Spoiler Alert**
I went into Lurkers expecting it to be the weaker of the two films but I absolutely fell in love with it. The film had a weird story that I was not expecting and the effects we were given were amazing.
The acting in this one is far from perfect. In fact, the acting was very bland for the most part but the characters were interesting enough to keep the story moving right along. The cast struggled to find their footing and most of the scenes feels void of direction.
The story for this one is not something you see everyday in horror. It does have that Carnival of Souls vibe but there is a huge spin on that. I really liked how it unfolded and the final reveal. It does drag on at times but still finds its mark.
Finally, this is not a bloody horror film. There is blood but nothing drastic or gruesome. With that being said, I loved the special effects we get. The camera tricks and the way the damned look are fantastic. Overall, Lurkers is one of those films that I wish I would have picked up at the video store as a kid. The story is fun and the effects are awesome. I highly recommend checking this one out.