It’s Friday once again Scribbler fans so you know what that means… The Scribblers paid a visit to our awesome partners, The Movie & Music Network, to view another wonderful bit of horror. Be sure to stop by and subscribe today! Check out our numerous reviews HERE and stop by for a FREE movie every day for the new TMMN Movie of the Day. Like what you see? Subscribe it’s that easy. Can’t subscribe but have a dollar in your pocket? Then stop by the new 99 Cent Network and get 3 awesome flicks for just 99 cents! That’s a helluva deal! Today Feind takes a trip back to the 80s with TMMN only to hear a creepy Evil Laugh!
Wow and Holy 80s! It’s hard to believe that one of the greatest years in metal history seeing historic releases from all “The Big Four” bands (that’s Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer kids) also contained this low budget slasher. Evil Laugh has all the hallmarks of low budget 80s slashers terrible acting, terrible writing and all that terrible 80s “fashion”. By 1986 we had already had all the big slasher flicks with 3 Halloween films, 5 Friday the 13th flicks, even the first Nightmare on Elm Street and, of course, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre before any of those but if there was one thing the early 80s were known for, in the horror world at least, it was an endless stream of low budget terrible slasher flicks. It was the era of the VHS and most of these were straight to tape releases. Last week I reviewed a modern day throwback to this era so I thought over my next few TMMN reviews I’d take a look at some of the 80s awesomely terrible films they have to offer. Now while I only turned 14 in 1986 I was already a thoroughly jaded horror lover by that time so I can honestly say I would’ve hated Evil Laugh at the time but what do I think now?
I can honestly say now as a jaded horror lover for several decades that Evil Laugh is good for a laugh for nostalgia’s sake. I can also say that Evil Laugh is about as evil as a puppy with the “evil laugh” itself being laughable. Evil Laughas a horror film is like Happy Days meets Scooby Doo and hey, wouldn’t you know that there is a Happy Days tie in! Actor Steven Baio (I believe a cousin to Scott Baio though I could not find confirmation of this) who plays Johnny was on a couple episodes of Happy Days as student under the tutelage of The Fonz! On a Feind sidenote as a kid we watched Happy Days every single week so for fun I took a quick peek at one of the episodes Baio was in which was from one of the later season’s just before Happy Days went off the air as they were truly pretty much out of ideas by that point. It is a classic though and one I have fond memories of though I think its best left as a memory. So then, what is Evil Happy Days… oops I mean… Evil Laugh all about?
The plot is a simple one. A young medical student, Jerry, buys an abandoned orphanage where a decade prior tragedy struck and an urban legend grew. The plan is to fix the place back up and once again open it as an orphanage with the help of his med school friends. In the group we have every stereotype on terrible display. There’s Mark the jock, Barney the nerd, Johnny the “nice guy”, Sammy the rich, snobby asshole, Betty the spoiled rich boy’s girlfriend and Connie the serious one. Oh and then there is probably the most infamous cast member Jody Gibson playing the ditsy slut Tina. Don’t recognize that name? Jody “Babydol” Gibson was once only known as “Sasha” a Madam who ran one of the largest and most exclusive escort services in Hollywood. She was dubbed the Hollywood Super Madamwith over 300 girls in her employ including one Heidi Fleiss whose name you will recognize if you’re in my age group. This perhaps makes Ms Gibson the best actor in Evil Laugh as obviously she was no brain dead idiot. Along with several of the cast this is Jody Gibson’s sole acting credit, after seeing the acting abilities on display it is no surprise that most of these people never got another role.
So back to the “plot”… ten years prior to the group of kids arriving the house was an orphanage as I said. A ground’s keeper by the name of Martin was hired, kids accused him of abuse, Martin’s father killed himself in shame, the kids admitted they lied, Martin showed up one night killed all the kids then himself supposedly setting the place on fire which makes no sense since the house is obviously not burned. So ignore that big hole in the back story as well as a few others to go along with it which make for some unintentional hilarity like in the span of one dialogue with Connie telling Tina about how Martin spared the 4 infant orphans then just a few sentences later describes how he killed them. Which is it Connie? Hmmm? It really doesn’t matter but perhaps we should all take a drink. Oh, you’ll want to play a drinking game to enjoy this one in case I didn’t mention that!
So this is an 80s slasher flick but it really doesn’t matter when any slasher flick was made they’re all the same to a certain extent. There’s a mysterious killer on the loose who stalks, hunts and kills all the horny teenagers. Well, almost all… there has to be a hero after all. Figuring out who the killer is shouldn’t be too difficult for you with the unveiling being so reminiscent of a Scooby Doo episode it makes you wish Evil Laugh was animated. I have to admit Evil Laugh would be far more enjoyable with Scooby and his stoner pal Shaggy also if it were animated! Again if I had seen this at 14 or 15 years old I would have absolutely hated it but now I can appreciate it for being a slice of nostalgia reminding me of things like Happy Days and Scooby Doo which isn’t exactly a bad thing. Make no mistake Evil Laugh is a horrible horror film but it is a great glimpse at 80s slasher mania where films like this were churned out seemingly on a weekly basis to hit the Video Rental Store shelves.
In order to enjoy Evil Laugh you may need to be as old as Old Man Feind here to get that nostalgia effect. If you’re a youngster I highly suggest inviting some friends over to partake in copious amounts of adult beverages making a drinking game out of it. Just don’t make the rule that you have to take a drink every time someone says a terrible cheesy line or you’ll be chugging for about 85 minutes straight as I don’t think there is a single non-terrible, non-cheesy line delivered from start to finish. Also you may want to avoid the rule of taking a drink every time someone dies as there is a stretch of the film in which you’ll regret it. The kills are horrible but luckily Evil Laugh apparently had an FX budget of couch cushion change so instead of gnarly kills the film cuts away to just show a splash of “blood” so it isn’t saved by gore. Go in with low expectations, a six pack (ok, maybe a full case) and take the time to point and laugh at the horrible 80s “fashion” and you’ll enjoy this one much more than you should. On the sole basis of nostalgia this one passed The Scribbler Clock Test so I have no choice but to dub Evil Laugh…
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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