Sunday, September 11, 2016

EVILS OF THE NIGHT (Vinegary Syndrome Blu-ray/DVD) - The Aliens are Coming, The Boobies are HERE!

Evils of the Night had hit DVD from Gorgon Video a little over a year ago. I enjoyed the release, and was happy to have a copy of it in my collection. Of course, I'd always like to see a nice HD transfer with plenty of extras, but Evils of the Night isn't exactly an A list title, so I didn't expect anything anytime soon. Enter our beloved Vinegar Syndrome with their reputation for great transfers, brilliant restoration work and extra packages that put John Holmes to shame. I want to start this look into this classic alien/slasher-esque title by saying, yes, you should upgrade to this release.

This release looks out of this world clear. I have the DVD which looked good, but this is special. I really didn't have any issues with the Gorgon DVD, but VS has given us the great and mighty Blu-ray. If I'm nitpicking, some of the dark scenes really show the film grain, but this is a drastic improvement and this issue isn't related to transfer or restoration. It also contains an isolated music track which a highlight for this soundtrack collector right here. This music is quintessential slasher stuff from the 80’s, eerie and fun and well worth the listen. I'd love to see a distro company put this out on a small batch vinyl release.

Evils of the Night has lots of sex (teenage Doc Terror would have saved this movie for when his parents went to sleep as a gateway to manhood). Lots of tits... I mean LOTS! Hell there are even kills while having sex that feel like this was the framework for a few of the scenes in Eli Roth's Thanksgiving faux trailer from Grindhouse. There's plenty of blood and splatter and some damn cool green laser alien stuff that gives it that Z grade that we know and laugh at. It's like Plan 9 from Outer Space meets Without Warning meets generic 80's slasher flick number 17.

I love the "Boys Will Be Boys" song on the beach which almost attaches the movie to the beach monster flicks of the 1980's. Add in a topless rubdown on a lakeside beach, some well placed seaweed down a girl's bathing suit and yet the movie still begs the audience to notice the latent homosexual undertones in the actions of some frat boy types. There's a sort of psycho sexual confusion is either asking us to be more cerebral about a T and A flick, or there were too many cooks stirring the sauce (drinking the sauce) while writing the damn thing.

Really this thing plays off like a slasher, not an alien picture. The issue there? The "aliens" don't look like "aliens" even with John Carradine in the picture. No real special effects when it comes to creature creation and no costuming. Sure it has a low budget, knows it, uses skin to sell the movie. Hell it still succeeds in being eerie, fun and dramatic working well within its budget. I just wanted a creature feature alien reveal in the third act that simply didn't happen.

The disc contains TV version, isolated score option, interview with the Director, trailer and TV spots. The reverse art is a still which is admittedly a let down.


You can get your copy from Vinegar Syndrome now:

From Vinegar Syndrome:

It’s geriatric aliens vs. sex obsessed teens in Mardi Rustam’s outrageous EVILS OF THE NIGHT! Beautiful young women have been disappearing and no one can figure out how and where they go. But in the darkness, sinister forces are lurking: a group of aliens (John Carradine, Tina Louise, and Julie Newmar) have been draining the local youth of their blood so that they can live forever!

Filled with ample nudity, moments of splattery gore, and a supporting cast including Amber Lynn and Aldo Ray, EVILS OF THE NIGHT is quintessential mid 80s sleaze unlike anything else. Freshly restored in 2k from its original 35mm negative, Vinegar Syndrome brings EVILS OF THE NIGHT to Blu-ray for the first time.

Directed by: Mardi Rustam
1985 / 85 minutes / Color / 1.85:1
Actors: John Carradine, Tina Louise, Julie Newmar, Amber Lynn, Aldo Ray

Features Include:
• All extras on both formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• “Alien Blood Transfusion” – video interview with director Mardi Rustam
• Alternate feature length TV edit
• Isolated score by Robert O. Ragland
• Extensive outtakes (25 minutes)
• Work-in-progress theatrical
• TV spot
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles

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