FEAR NO EVIL
Fear No Evil was a fitful start for Frank LaLoggia. Some of the early scenes display the flourishes of style that LaLoggia demonstrated with enormous confidence in Lady in White. Like the exterior shot of the family home where the Devil childs growing up is very effectively characterized by voice-overs of the parents who are being turned against each other by him, or the birthday party with effects such as books shutting themselves and shadows passing on the wall independent of an owner. However, after such an assured opening, Fear No Evil falls apart.
Fear No Evil is notable as an Omen clone for drawing itself from Frank LaLoggias lower-class Italian-American Catholic background (the same background that Lady in White also draws from). However, LaLoggia seems in considerable confusion as to what type of film he is making. Instead of being evil incarnate, the teen anti-Christ is characterised as someone so bullied and introverted that he hardly speaks. Far more so than any Omen-styled showcase killings, Fear No Evil becomes more of a Carrie (1976)-styled supernatural powers revenge fantasy.
Stefan Angrims performance he was once the cute kid on Land of the Giants (1968-70) does not exactly help either. Arngrim plays either totally repressed or to the opposite extreme, wildly overacting one scene with him parading around in a negligee and black makeup makes him look more like a drag queen than the Devil. Frank LaLoggias direction is constantly dragged down into cheap effect some of the novelty death sequences such as the character splattered with a basketball in the gut or the macho bully who suddenly develops breasts have a silly sensationalism about them. LaLoggia seems to constantly struggle for more without knowing the dividing line although the climax filled with Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)-styled light effects is a mini-marvel of low budget achievement.
Alternate trailer here:-