‘Alien vampires in search of teenage blood!’
Evils of the Night is a 1985 American science fiction horror exploitation feature film directed by Mardi Rustam from a screenplay co-written with Philip Dennis Connors.
Previously, Rustam had written and produced Psychic Killer (1976) and the Tobe Hooper-directed Eaten Alive (1976). In 1987, he filmed additional scenes for Dr. Shagetz (1973) and released it on VHS as Evil Town.
The movie stars Aldo Ray (Bog; Biohazard; Star Slammer), Neville Brand (Eaten Alive), Tina Louise, John Carradine, Julie Newmar, Karrie Emerson, Bridget Holloman, David Hawk, G.T. Taylor, Keith Fisher, Tony O’Dell and Dawn Wildsmith. Adult movie stars Amber Lynn and Jerry Butler have brief cameo roles.
Vampire aliens Doctor Kozmar (John Carradine), Dr. Zarma (Julie Newmar) and Cora (Tina Louise) recruit two dim-witted mechanics (Aldo Ray and Neville Brand) to abduct teenagers living in a college town and bring them to a rural hospital. There, the aliens drain them of their blood, which they need to stay young…
“The feeble, slurring Carradine is often unintelligible in his few scenes (though it’s still always nice to see him) while 60’s TV icons Louise (“Ginger Grant”) and Newmar (“Catwoman”) aren’t given much more to do but at least look pretty good, especially considering they were both 50 when this was shot. Best of the lot are Ray and (especially) Brand as the sleazy mechanics.” Justin McKinney, The Bloody Pit of Horror
“The premise of aliens needing teenagers for experimentation/blood sounds fun enough, but that significant plot development doesn’t happen for a while, as the first fifteen minutes is spent on TONS of “teens” (who look like they’re in their thirties) hooking up nonstop, and when I say hook up, I mean HOOK UP … It doesn’t feel like typical slasher gratuitous nudity, it’s full on craziness.” Jerry Smith, Icons of Fright
“It’s such a dull movie considering the premise, and it’s a shame that there isn’t enough gore to sustain the proceedings at least. Still, the loopy climax is actually worthwhile, as it features a goofy combination of deus ex machina and obvious ADR work that allows the film to limp to the finish line with a little bit of decency intact.” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!
On August 30, 2016, Vinegar Syndrome released Evils of the Night as a Blu-ray + DVD combo with the following features:
- Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm
- Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
- “Alien Blood Transfusion” – video interview with director Mardi Rustam
- Alternate feature length TV edit
- Isolated score by Robert O. Ragland
- Extensive outtakes (25 minutes)
- Work-in-progress theatrical
- TV spot
- Reversible cover artwork