80's Horror Central


EVIl LAUGH (1986)

I was pretty baffled when I came across a dvd of "Evil Laugh" at the F.Y.E. I surprisingly never heard of the film. Something that is pretty unusual, especially when it comes to an 80's slasher flick. I picked it up for $3.99 and boy, am I glad I did. "Evil Laugh" was directed by the fat-kid-with-a-candy-bar from Jason 5 (Dominick Brascia) and was co-written and co-produced by Scott Baio's less attractive brother Steven (who also co-stars). "Evil Laugh" is an entertaining flick...in the so-bad-it's-good category.

PLOT: A group of horny med students (most of them look like they're in the their 40's) head off to a secluded house to help a friend fix it up. They are unaware that 10 years ago a madman went on a murderous rampage and the abandoned home is rumored to be haunted. It's not long before the killer with the evil laugh begins stalking the students one by one...


 "Evil Laugh" is a bad movie...but it has heart and it has humor. Two things that will carry a flick a long way. There are several in-jokes to other horror franchises like "Friday the 13th" and "Halloween". It stars future pornstar Ashlyn Gere (who ironically used a body double and plays the "innocent girl") and the infamous Madame Sasha (the Hollywood escort owner). The kills are pretty decent and the dialouge is amusing. The character Barney is a fangoria reading, horror movie loving, prankster who seems to forsee all the horror cliches that lie ahead.

The killer does this really cheesy laugh everytime he kills (hence the title) and the "Evil Laugh" has a catchy 80's pop-rock title track that seems to play a thousand times throughout the film. Also throughout the film, the blonde bimbo is constantly nipping through her blouse (like, standing in a blizzard nipping). The identity of the killer is a bit of a surprise, the kills are fresh, and the nudity is solid. Overall, "Evil Laugh" is fun and not painful to watch. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when it cuts to a close-up of Steven Baio shirtless changing a tire covered in sweat (instant cheese factor).



 "Evil Laugh" features murder by power drill, really bad 80's dancing, cannibalism at the dinner table, a backseat killer, death by microwave, shower scene & homoerotic ass grabbing.







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