Prime Evil / Lurkers (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Prime Evil / Lurkers (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Prime Evil / Lurkers (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

📅07 November 2017, 20:18

Prime Evil / Lurkers (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Rated: UR/Region O/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

Prime Evil (1988)
Directed By: Roberta Findlay
Starring: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart
Rated: UR/1:85

Nestled in a Manhattan monastery, evil is lurking. A group of devil-worshipping monks are stalking the city, looking for victims to sacrifice to the dark lord in the hope of bringing satanic rule to the world! A stylishly photographed neo-gothic horror, PRIME EVIL packs in gore, nudity, and loads of 80s NYC locales.

In Prime Evil we have a cult of devil worshippers running amuck on everyone and using the devil’s powers to maintain their youth. They do this mostly by sacrificing women and using one big brute of a guy to be the muscle of the operation. This goes along until finally, the church decides to send a nun in undercover to try to stop this evil. Along the way, we also join a young lady that the evil leader of the church has his eye on. Prime Evil is a little slow in the middle but it starts off good enough and it finishes good enough. You can’t deny some of what we see along the way is cheesy, but I have never taken that as a bad thing when it comes to my horror movies. We get some blood here and there and we have some pretty interesting deaths even if some of those happen to be interesting just because of how weird they are. Still, the movie is pretty harmless and does offer up some exploitation style fun anyway.

Quality of Transfer: 95%

 

 

 

 

Lurkers (1988)
Directed By: Roberta Findlay
Starring: Christine Moore, Gary Warner, Marina Taylor
Rated: UR/1:85

When Cathy was a girl, she saw her deranged mother murder her father and only narrowly escaped with her life. Haunted by memories of her macabre childhood, her nightmares turn into a terrifying reality when she’s lured back to her childhood home, only to be transformed into a ‘lurker;’ members of the vengeful dead who seek to terrorize those who wronged them. Findlay’s suspenseful ghost story explores trauma and grief between moments of shocking violence.

Lurkers is a very strange movie that I had actually seen many moons ago on a multi-pack set. It starts off with a little girl being basically picked on by her mother and then we go from there to the girl seeing a ghostly girl outside, which leads to weird stuff. We jump ahead a few years and that is when the movie seems to just start tossing everything it can against the wall and the viewer to see what sticks. For better or for worse, Lurkers ends up being one of the most awkward and strange films I’ve ever run across and that covers a whole lot of ground. Is it really what I’d call a “good” movie? Probably not, but it does stick out from a pack of films anyway and that probably should count for something even if the movie isn’t really my cup of tea. It has a mood and atmosphere going for it. I only wish it had a better and more coherent plot to help flesh this one out a bit better.

Quality of Transfer: 96%

 

 

 

 

Extras

– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative
– Commentary track for PRIME EVIL with Roberta Findlay (director)
– Original theatrical trailers for both films
– TV spots for both films
– Isolated soundtrack for both films
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles

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