|EVIL SPIRITS (director: Gary Graver; screenwriter: Mikel Angel; cinematographer: Gary Graver; editor: Terry Chiappe; music: Duane Sciaqua; cast: Karen Black (Ella Purdy), Arte Johnson (Lester Potts), Michael Berryman (Balzac), Martine Beswick (Vanya), Robert Quarry (Doctor), Anthony Eisley (Detective), Bert Remsen (John Wilson), Debra Lamb (Tina), Mikel Angel (Willie), Yvette Vickers (Neighbor),Virginia Mayo (Janet Wilson), Hoke Howell (Mailman); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Sidney Niekerk; Prism; 1990)|
|"A real vomit."
by Dennis Schwartz
Graver ("The Escort"/"Angel Eyes"/"The
Roots of Evil") weakly directs this sicko black comedy
horror pic, a Psycho derivative. Too bad the best
laughs are unintentional and the talented celebrity
cast are trapped by having to act out Mikel Angel's
deranged screenplay with either a knife in the eye or
with a straight-face.
Purdy (Karen Black) is the nutty landlady of a
California boarding house for welfare recipients.
The landlady steals her tenants social security and
welfare checks as the tenants start disappearing one
at a time. They turn out to be the main ingredients in
her meat loaf. When not robbing her tenants,
Ella amuses herself conversing with the mummified
corpse of her wheelchair-bound hubby. He tells his
wife to keep killing for the checks.
Arte Johnson is a government investigator, who checks out the boarding house to see what's up with the missing tenants.
The film is disposable like most pointless slasher films. But the plot is macabre and the characters eccentric. If you don't expect anything above gross-out entertainment, this one is a real vomit.
REVIEWED ON 3/26/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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