FEAR NO EVIL is the excellent directorial debut of 23-year-old East Coast filmmaker Frank LaLoggia, who scraped together the $150,000 it cost to make the film on his own--only to have it interfered with by Avco Embassy just before its release. Tampering aside, FEAR NO EVIL is a remarkably
assured, personal, and powerful horror film depicting a lonely and alienated high-school student, Andrew (Stefan Arngrim), as he slowly begins to realize that he is the Antichrist. An elderly neighbor (Elizabeth Hoffman) and one of Andrew's classmates (Kathleen Rowe McAllen) are the angels sent to
destroy him. The whole thing climaxes at an outdoor performance of a Passion Play, wherein Andrew, looking like Lucifer (and now played by Richard Jay Silverthorn), appears and summons up a horde of zombies from the nearby cemetery. While the scant plot description may sound absurd, LaLoggia
presents the material with such conviction, skill, and panache that the film is never less than gripping. Even with its outrageous concept, FEAR NO EVIL seems an intensely personal and deeply religious film that is truly concerned with the struggle between good and evil, between (quite
specifically) God and Satan. In addition to his spiritual concerns, LaLoggia is a gifted filmmaker who has a splendid visual sense, creating some unforgettable images of horror. He also makes clever use of a punk-rock soundtrack, bringing in the music of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones at
appropriate moments. It would be seven years until LaLoggia directed again, with the exceptional ghost story LADY IN WHITE.
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