Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 11th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1985
Director: Mohammed Rustam
Writers: Mohammed Rustam, Philip Dennis Connors
Cast: Neville Brand, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise, John Carradine, Julie Newmar, Tony O’Dell, Amber Lynn
BluRay released: August 30th, 2016
Approximate running times: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Evils of the Night co-written by producer Mohammed Rustam who with this film made his directorial debut. Other notable films also produced by Mohammed Rustam include, Pets, Psychic Killer and Eaten Alive. The score for Evils of the Night was composed by Robert O. Ragland whose other notable scores include, The Babysitter, Abby and Grizzly.
Cinema sure have changed since this film was made during an era where irreverent humor. Also nudity was a core ingredient to these type of film’s from a by gone era affectionately referred to as exploitation cinema. Now everywhere you look cinema has become sanitized and everyone tries to play it safe in regards to content. Fortunately for those of us who crave for cinema like this from yesteryear, there are avenues like home video where we can still track down these films and embrace them in all of their glory!
Content wise, Evils of the Night is equal parts Sci-Fi romp and voyeuristic Slasher is the woods. Of course the weaker of these two entities is the Sci-Fi related moments, while the mechanics stalking their victims’ moments are well executed. And when it comes to the aforementioned Sci-Fi aspects of this film there is a campiness that is undeniable. With the Sci-Fi moments providing much needed comic relief. Besides the aforementioned enthusiastic performances. Another strength of this film is how it goes out of its way to ensure that the majority of the female cast members are in a bikini or in various stages of undress.
Performance wise trying to judge this aspect of the film would be futile, since the cast only had so much to work with and for the most part their said performances come off enthusiastic. The cast features many recognizable faces like John Carradine (Bluebeard), Tina Louise (“Gilligan’s Island”) and Julie Newmar (“Batman 66”) in the roles of the three aliens sent to Earth to procure teenage blood and Neville Brand (Birdman of Alcatraz) and Aldo Ray (We’re No Angels) in the role of the two Mechanics. Other notable cast members include, Adult film stars Amber Lynn and Jerry Butter. Overall Evils of the Night has all the ingredients that one would want and expect from an exploitation film.
Evils of the Night comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source used for this brand new 2k transfer is in great shape and there are no issues with DNR or compression and grain looks natural.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear, balanced and robust when it needs too. Also included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art option, a T.V. spot, a work in progress theatrical trailer (2minutes 28 seconds), outtakes (24 minutes 25 seconds) and an interview with producer / screenwriter / director Mohammed Rustam (9 minutes 22 seconds) who discusses the origins of Evils of the Night and why he decided to direct this film, films that inspired him to make this film, locations, casting choices & the cast, cinematographer Don Stern and the look of the film and his thoughts on how the film turned out.
Other extras include an alternate feature length TV edit for Evils of the Night (93 minutes 24 seconds). Quality wise this alternate version comes from a tape based source and does not look as good as the film based main feature.
Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release.
Overall another solid release from Vinegar Syndrome.