|PRIME EVIL (director: Roberta Findlay; screenwriters: Ed Kelleher/Harriette Vidal; cinematographer: Roberta Findlay; editor: Roberta Findlay; music: Walter E. Sear; cast: William Beckwith (Thomas Seaton), Christine Moore (Alexandra), Max Jacobs (George Parkman), Tim Gail (Bill), Mavis Harris (Sister Angela), Gary Warner (Detective Dan Carr), George Krause (Ben); Runtime: 87; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Walter E. Sear; Starmaker (Crown Pictures); 1988)|
|"It's a horrible film about Good
vs. Evil, that suffers because of a confusing
story, trite dialogue, poor visualization and
by Dennis Schwartz
Sisters"/"Tenement") helms this dumb horror pic. It's
written by Ed Kelleher and Harriette Vidal.
prologue relates how in the mid-1300s the Black Plague
swept over Europe. This gave Lucifer a chance to
recruit disciples by offering them a chance to be
devil-worshippers and beat the death from the plague.
To join, the recruit must sacrifice a family member to
Satan. Brother Thomas Seaton (William
Beckwith) is the stern monk who is chosen to be
Lucifer's right-hand man. He rules his order with an
contemporary NYC, the renegade and lecherous
Father Seaton heads the Catholic Church where his
believers secretly operate a coven. They search for
sacrificial relative vics to the Devil to be used
during their special rituals that take place every 13
years. The vic chosen by George Parkman (Max Jacobs),
in his obligatory sacrifice to renew his contract with
Lucifer, is his virgin grand-daughter social worker
Alexandra (Christine Moore). The only one older in the
coven is Seaton, and George aims to be his
replacement. But George's sacrificial plans are
opposed by Sister Angela (Mavis Harris), a spy from
the regular Catholic Church who infiltrated the coven.
The two get into a wicked spiritual fight, as she
plans on stopping all future sacrifices.
Grail plays Alexandra's suspicious boyfriend, whose
concerns are ignored by her.
horrible film about Good vs. Evil, that suffers
because of a confusing story, trite dialogue, poor
visualizations and weak performances.
REVIEWED ON 7/28/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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