‘Something wicked this way comes…’
Teenage Exorcist is a 1991 American supernatural comedy horror feature film directed by Grant Austin Waldman (The Channeler; Victoria’s Shadow) from a screenplay by actress Brinke Stevens (Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen), based on a story by co-producer Fred Olen Ray (Scalps; Evil Toons; Super Shark).
The movie stars Brinke Stevens, Eddie Deezen and Robert Quarry (Count Yorga, Vampire; Doctor Phibes Rises Again; The Deathmaster).
Diane (Brinke Stevens), a prim and proper college grad student, rents a spooky old house from a creepy realtor (Michael Berryman). Unfortunately for Diane, an ancient demon (Oliver Darrow) resides in her basement and she’s quickly possessed by the spirits of the house, turning her into a leather-clad, chainsaw-wielding succubus.
When Diane’s sister Sally (Elena Sahagun), Sally’s brother-in-law Mike (Jay Richardson) and Diane’s boyfriend Jeff (Tom Shell) come to visit only to be attacked by her demonic incarnation, they summon a priest, Father McFerrin (Robert Quarry), to handle the situation. Zombies also arrive to make the situation worse.
Failing that, Father McFerrin attempts to call an exorcist, only to dial the wrong number and unwittingly place an order at the local pizza parlour. When the geeky superhero worshipping pizza delivery boy (Eddie Deezen) arrives at the house, it’s up to him and the rest of the gang to destroy the demon and stop his nefarious scheme…
Scripter and ‘Scream Queen’ Brinke Stevens doesn’t have enough screen presence, even in shiny black S&M gear, to hold this horror parody together, although the feeble groan-inducing genre jokes are reasonable enough to make the first half painless.
Unfortunately, once Robert Quarry and Eddie Deezen appear things go rapidly downhill, and Oliver Darrow as the demon is just annoying rather than engaging, so it’s easy to see why this uninspiring effort remained unreleased for three years.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA
Cast and characters:
- Brinke Stevens as Diane
- Eddie Deezen as Eddie
- Oliver Darrow as The Demon
- Jay Richardson as Mike
- Tom Shell as Jeff
- Elena Sahagun as Sally
- Robert Quarry as Father McFerrin
- Kathryn Kates as Maid
- Michael Berryman as Herman
Image credits: Wrong Side of the Art!