Arrow Video Movie Review: EVIL ED (1995)

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the horror/comedy EVIL ED (1995) by writer/director Anders Jacobsson.  To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:

“A mild-mannered film editor is assigned to cut a series of infamous slasher films and is driven murderously insane by the miles of extremely violent footage he edits.”

Right from the top allow me to say, this is not ever going to win any acting awards.  I mean, when I say over the top, I am usually referring to Vincent Price in movies like The Abominable Doctor Phibes or Jack Nicholson in Batman, but this takes overacting to new levels.  In all honesty, given the exaggerated nature of this feature, I would not have it any other way as the acting perfectly encapsulates the craziness on the screen.

It also helps that, in a way, this is a commentary on violent, over the top slasher films.  Rarely do we get movies that are able to mix together horror and homage with a dash of social commentary, so discovering this little movie was a real treat.  It is even nicer since they never became too preachy, but instead kept the level of fun the same throughout the entire, short runtime.

While the special effects are in no way groundbreaking, it was nice to see that they went the practical route.  Once again, using practical effects over trying to weave in CGI helps with the overall tone as it makes sure the look of this piece matches up perfectly with the 80’s gore flicks that they are referencing.  The few effects they used were convincingly executed and emphasized the campy, ultraviolent nature of many famous slasher flicks.

The effects are highlighted by the dynamic cinematography.  The camerawork was constantly highlighting extreme angles that looked as if they were cut straight out of a comic book.  This gives even some of the slower portions (of which there are few) a kinetic feel that kept me entertained.

All in all, this is a fun, gore splattered flick that weaved in some light social commentary.  The use of practical effects and the outlandish acting kept a light touch about something that could have gone to much darker places.  Fans of movies like Robocop (1987) and Re-Animator (1985) will get a kick out of this similarly campy flick.

EVIL ED is now available to own on limited edition Blu-ray + DVD from Arrow Video

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