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Prime Evil / Lurkers [Blu-ray]


(Roberta Findlay, 1988)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Crown International Pictures / Reeltime Distributing Corporation

Video: Vinegar Syndrome



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Prime Evil Runtime: 1:27:04.719  

Lurkers Runtime: 1:33:50.875 

Disc Size: 48,006,498,528 bytess

Prime Evil Feature Size: 23,369,591,424 bytes

Lurkers Feature Size: 23,181,492,864 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.89 Mbps / 29.98 Mbps

Chapters: 5 / 5

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: October 24th, 2017



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1678 kbps 1.0 / 96 kHz / 1678 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB


DTS-HD Master Audio English 1101 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1101 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB



English (SDH), None



• Commentary track on Prime Evil with Roberta Findlay (director)
Original theatrical trailers for both films
Isolated soundtrack for both films
Reversible cover artwork




1) Vinegar Syndrome (Prime Evil) - Region FREE' - Blu-ray - TOP

2) Vinegar Syndrome (Lurkers) - Region FREE' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM





PRIME EVIL: Nestled in a Manhattan monastery, evil is lurking. A group of devil worshipping monks are stalking the city, looking for victims to sacrifice to the dark lord in the hope of bringing satanic rule to the world! A stylishly photographed neo-gothic horror, PRIME EVIL packs in gore, nudity, and loads of 80s NYC locales.

LURKERS: When Cathy was a girl, she saw her deranged mother murder her father and only narrowly escaped with her life. Haunted by memories of her macabre childhood, her nightmares turn into a terrifying reality when she's lured back to her childhood home, only to be transformed into a 'lurker;' members of the vengeful dead who seek to terrorize those who wronged them. Findlay's suspenseful ghost story explores trauma and grief between moments of shocking violence.




The Film:

Prime Evil - The story starts during the mid 1300’s when the Black Death struck Europe and monks across the continent felt their faith was being tested by God during the plague. However, Lucifer decided to use this time to offer a charismatic, faithful former servant of God an offer of eternal youth by rounding up his own faith-hood who wanted to avoid the Black Death; all the recipients had to do was sacrifice one of their immediate relatives. Thus enters brother Thomas Seaton (Beckwith) who is chosen to fill this role with an iron fist and he starts by subjecting his convent to join his side and live eternally or die right there on the spot.

Excerpt from VariedCelluloid located HERE

Lurkers - Lurkers has got a pretty fun plot and some bizarre sexual, drug-related, and religious imagery to keep the viewer interested. The movie looks ten years older than it is, perhaps because of all the similarities to the popular 70's and 60's movies I mentioned above. There are a ton of unintentional laughs, many involving the evil ghost child and the good ghost woman. All the scary parts are pretty funny, now that I think about it. Of course the last half hour of the movie is the best, when all the evil is revealed at a swanky New York City artist's party.

Excerpt from WarrenZone located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Prime Evil / Lurkers come to Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. The transfers are described as "newly restored in 2k from their 35mm original camera negatives". This is dual-layered with a high bitrate for both 1.5-hour features. There is pleasing grain - solid colors - and both are remarkably clean - with only a few speckles at the beginning. Image quality is about the same - very pleasing in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray image is of high quality - and I highly doubt these films will ever look better than this for home theatre consumption.




Prime Evil


























Audio :

DTS-HD Master mono tracks at (24-bit) for both films. Again, surprisingly adept quality considering the production limitations. Effects are minimal - audible dialogue and a touch of bass response and both have scores by Walter E. Sear (the US version of The Beyond) - available as, lossy Dolby, isolated scores - for both presentations. Very flat which would be authentic. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified the disc as being a region FREE playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.


Extras :

Vinegar Syndrome add a commentary track for Prime Evil with director Roberta Findlay - moderated by a Casey Scott (?) - talking about other projects, that Prime Evil was the only film they ever received funding for stating the budget being $70,000, X-rated scenes, special makeup effects artist Ed French, etc.. There are also trailers for Prime Evil and Lurkers. The package has reversible cover artwork and a second disc DVD.



These are more of the 80's direct-to-video type, very limited horror, productions. Both have exploitive-leanings with gratuitous nudity and some low-quality blood gore. They aren't unwatchable and there is a place for this sub-genre if the mood strikes. The Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray package continues their vein of grassroots efforts that their niche will appreciate. And they do an excellent job at it (I continue to like the covers!) Recommended to the right crowd! 

Gary Tooze

October 31st, 2017


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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