Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 24th, 2009
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1977 (Deliver Us from Evil) USA, 1978 (The Fox Affair)
Directors: Horace Jackson (Deliver Us from Evil), Fereidun G. Jordani (The Fox Affair)
Writers: Horace Jackson (Deliver Us from Evil), Barry Victor (The Fox Affair)
Cast: Marie O’Henry, Renny Roker, Candi Keath, Cal Haynes, Mike Sims, Juanita Moore, Danny Martín (Deliver Us from Evil), Kathryn Dodd, Robert Bosco, Yuri Alexis, Steve Lincoln (The Fox Affair)
DVD released: August 25th, 2009
Approximate running time: 98 minutes (Deliver Us from Evil), 88 minutes (The Fox Affair)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Deliver Us from Evil), 4:3 Full Frame (The Fox Affair)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Deliver us from Evil was written and directed by Horace Jackson, who’s limited resume only lists one other film as a director a 1974 film titled Tough. Alfred Taylor, the cinematographer on Deliver us from Evil worked on a diverse selection of films over his career including, Blood Bath, Spider Baby, The Teacher, The Swinging Cheerleaders and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
The plot focuses mainly on three characters a drifter named Chris Townes, a school teacher named Mindy and a wheelchair bound little boy named Joe. This is more a character driven piece that an exploitative affair. Even though there is one scene very early on in a woman is attacked / ruffed up by a group of men in her apartment. This is about as strong as the violence ever gets. Later on in the film when the school teacher is being harassed outside of punching her one time, the bulk of what the drug dealers’ violence is just shoving her around (no wonder she is not that intimidated). By the end of the film it makes its message very clear as the Chris Townes looks directly into the camera and does a monolog about ending violence within the community. While there are some elements one would associate with the blaxploitation (like the score for the film), most viewers will find the end results to preachy.
The Fox Affair: Two hustlers named Rogers and Anders, find themselves in over their heads when they double cross some Hong Kong business associates during a drug deal. Not willing to let the double cross slide their Hong Kong business associates send along a hit man to collect what is rightfully owed to them. If Rogers and Anders are unable to pay the hit man has been ordered to snuff them out. Always the swindlers Rogers and Anders concoct one last scheme in hopes of raising the cash that will save their lives.
There are bad movies and then there are Really Bad Movies. The bulk of the film is spent with Rogers and Anders procuring mistresses for a wealthy German with an insatiable appetite for the ladies. The scenes in the film which involve a two way mirror and a bath house scene with plenty of T&A are about the only scenes that almost hold ones attention. Outside of these moments there is little if anything interesting in the film as it drags along to a forgettable conclusion.
Deliver us from Evil is given an anamorphic widescreen that frames the image in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. There is noticeable print damage that varies in degree throughout. Colors and flesh tones fare well for the most part and details generally looking crisp. The Fox Affair is presented in a 4:3 full frame aspect ratio. This transfer is not so hot as it looks like it was taken from a worn out VHS master as colors look washout and there is noticeable tape defects like wobbling that crop of from time to time.
Both films come with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Both audio mixes have background noise that varies in degree and the audio for The Fox Affair sounds to flat as dialog is sometimes not easy to discern.
Extras include trailers for Deliver us from Evil, Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde, Group Marriage, Terminal Island, The Working Girls, Cheerleading Section and Death Force. Overall two forgettable films get sub-par audio / video presentations.