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Prime Evil/Lurkers - Blu-ray

3 beersIf the deliberate pace of Lurkers (and its photographic effects) doesn’t get you, then the presence of a two-foot tall rubber Satan in Prime Evil certainly will. 

“Are my tits in shape or what?”  That’s the question poised to Alexandra Parkman (Christine Moore) while she and her fashion-minded friend workout at the gym.  Up and down she bounces.  Her friend is sticking her hand in a bag of Cheetos while walking backwards on a stair climber and all Alex can do is laugh.  Don’t let that comedic moment distract you from the horror housed inside Prime Evil

While awkward in its execution of dramatic moments thanks to some elementary acting, Prime Evil scores major points for having the guts to mix its pornographic-like ways with some pretty heavy Catholic themes.   Give yourself to me, suggests almost every member of the priesthood who believes that God has abandoned them.  It’s not weird, they suggest to their prey, it’s modern and we will give you the world.

And in this way, Prime Evil gets its dementia on.  The priests are out of control in their service of Satan and, when a target is spotted for sacrifice, they very rarely can be talked down.  Co-starring William Beckwith, Max Jacobs, and Mavis Harris as Sister Angela, this low budget horror film thrives on its own rage.  Just ask Alex's boyfriend Bill King (Tim Gail), who knows something is going on with the disciples who fawn all over themselves whenever his girl is around.

Thanks to a curious nun (Harris) on her own mission from God, though, there will be a limit to this satanic coven’s infiltration of the more than willing (and manipulated) female flesh.  She just has to pretend to turn her back on that which she really loves.  A swift and terrible fate awaits all those involved in the washing of the water of this surrounding this devil-worshipping cult.

Directed by Roberta Findlay (Tenement), an adult and exploitation filmmaker who served Crown International Pictures well, Prime Evil is about one satanic coven’s quest for immortality in modern day New York City.  It opens with a nasty beheading as a group of monks divide themselves and wrestle for absolute control, believing that they have been left powerless by God. 

After the demented opening in which George Parkman (Jacobs) makes one 13-year-long deal with the two-foot tall demon at the center of this satanic gathering, the flick settles into a sort-of murder mystery as some inept cops, led by actor Gary Warner, attempt to protect the next girl the coven has their eyes set on for sacrifice.  Every thirteen years, the coven surfaces to kill again and, with an overweight handyman as the kidnapper of all the fine ladies in NYC.

You must lose yourself.  Give in to the charm of Prime Evil and be carried away by the protector.  Complete with Findlay’s ultra-cheap Lurkers (about a newly engaged woman who begins to fear her mother’s abusive legacy – complete with shadow people – the closer her wedding date looms), this twofer of terror from Vinegar Syndrome, with the same cast, is a 1080p release of an unspeakable kind of schlock and panic.

Let’s go pump some iron for Satan!

Prime Evil/Lurkers - Blu-ray

Prime Evil

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
83 mins
Director
: Roberta Findlay
Writer:
Ed Kelleher, Harriette Vidal
Cast:
William Beckwith, Christine Moore, Mavis Harris
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
A terrifying force that cannot be resisted is here ...
Memorable Movie Quote: "And I think your phony priest has something to do with it."
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
October 24, 2017
Synopsis: Nestled in a Manhattan monastery, evil is lurking. A group of devil worshipping monks are stalking the city, looking for victims to sacrifice to the dark lord in the hope of bringing satanic rule to the world! A stylishly photographed neo-gothic horror, PRIME EVIL packs in gore, nudity, and loads of 80s NYC locales.

 

Prime Evil/Lurkers - Blu-ray

Lurkers

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime: 90 mins
Director: Roberta Findlay
Writer: Ed Kelleher, Harriette Vidal
Cast: Christine Moore, Gary Warner, Marina Taylor
Genre: Horror
Tagline: Cathy's not scared. She should be... she's one of them!
Memorable Movie Quote: "Don't go home!"
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: October 24, 2017
Synopsis: When Cathy was a girl, she saw her deranged mother murder her father and only narrowly escaped with her life. Haunted by memories of her macabre childhood, her nightmares turn into a terrifying reality when she’s lured back to her childhood home, only to be transformed into a ‘lurker;’ members of the vengeful dead who seek to terrorize those who wronged them. Findlay’s suspenseful ghost story explores trauma and grief between moments of shocking violence.

Prime Evil/Lurkers - Blu-ray

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome
Available on Blu-ray
- October 24, 2017
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set; DVD copy
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A, B

Vinegar Syndrome presents both of Findlay’s low budget skin flicks on 1080p (with 1.85:1 aspect ratios) thanks to their newly restored 2k transfers.  The transfer was compiled from their 35mm original camera negatives and the results are maybe not as detailed as you might prefer.  Get over it, though.  There are two EXTREMELY low budget flicks that get a polish that definitely shows the limitations of their productions.  Black levels are good, shadows are murky, and colors – especially reds – are great.  The sound is presented in a English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 which is adequate for each no-budget feature.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  •  For Prime Evil, director Roberta Findlay talks about the filming of the movie and her inspirations for it.  Lurkers does not get a commentary.

Special Features:

This Blu-ray/DVD combo features both films, their trailers, and their isolated scores.

  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Isolated Soundtracks

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