Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 1st, 2017
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1988 (Both Films)
Director: Roberta Findlay (Both Films)
Writers: Ed Kelleher, Harriette Vidal (Both Films)
Cast: William Beckwith, Christine Moore, Mavis Harris, Max Jacobs, Tim Gail (Prime Evil), Christine Moore, Gary Warner, Marina Taylor, Roy MacArthur, Peter Oliver-Norman, Nancy Groff, Tom Billett, C.K. Steefel (Lurkers)
BluRay released: October 24th, 2017
Approximate running time: 87 minutes (Prime Evil), 94 minutes (Lurkers)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC (Both Films)
Rating: R (Both Films)
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: English SDH (Both Films)
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
Both films were directed by Roberta Findlay (A Woman’s Torment) who also the cinematographer and co-editor of the film. Key collaborators who worked on both films include screenwriter Ed Kelleher (Invasion of the Blood Farmers, Shriek of the Mutilated) and Walter E. Sear who co-edited and composed the scores.
Lurkers: A young woman is tormented by visions of dead people.
Though this film features an interesting premise, the end result is a film that loses its steam before it moment of truth. And though on the surface there are elements that one would associate with the horror film genre. This film is best described as a supernatural thriller.
From a production standpoint, the narrative is well executed and pacing wise there are no major issues as things tend to move along a good momentum. The cast are serviceable in their respective roles and the visually do a superb job maintaining the foreboding mood.
Prime Evil: A coven of devil worshiper’s sacrifice family members.
The devil’s influence in this film, like its predecessor Lurkers, plays a large role in the story at hand. And this is just one of many similarities between these two films that will have you feeling déjà vu.
From a production standpoint, this film features a well-constructed narrative that builds up to a satisfying conclusion. And though the visuals have just the right amount of atmosphere. The visuals are often lacking when it comes to the special effects.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the film are the performances. With this film’s standout performance being William Beckwith in the role of Thomas Seaton, a former priest who has aligned himself with the devil. Another performance of note is Christine Moore in the role of Alexandra Parkman, the young woman whose grandfather has promised as his sacrifice to the devil.
Prime Evil and Lurkers come on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. Both films are presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Both films scanned and restored in 2k from their 35mm camera negative. Both transfers are in excellent shape. Details are crisp, colors are nicely saturated, there are no issues with compression and grain look natural.
Each film comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. Both audio mixes sound, clean, clear and balanced throughout. Included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles for both films.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a teaser (32 seconds) and a trailer for Lurkers (1 minute 18 seconds), a trailer for Prime Evil (2 minutes 11 seconds), isolated soundtracks for Lurkers and Prime Evil and an audio commentary for Prime Evil with director Roberta Findlay.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the origins of the film, Crown International, the screenplay, locations, casting / the cast, her cinema influences, shooting nude / sex scenes, other production related topics and background information about Lurkers.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall another exceptional double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.