6.9/10
346
16 user 7 critic

A Taste of Evil (1971)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 12 October 1971
On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane.

Writer:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Home for the Holidays (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Jill Haworth
The Victim (TV Movie 1972)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.

Director: Herschel Daugherty
Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Eileen Heckart, Sue Ane Langdon
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A tale of witchcraft, black magic and a haunted house in the Amish country.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Egan, Michael Anderson Jr.
Crowhaven Farm (TV Movie 1970)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young couple inherits a farm. Hoping that the rural location might help to patch up their strained marriage, they move into it, only to be confronted by the supernatural forces that inhabit it.'

Director: Walter Grauman
Stars: Hope Lange, Paul Burke, Lloyd Bochner
When Michael Calls (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from a relative who died 15 years prior. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Douglas
The Screaming Woman (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens
Don't Go to Sleep (TV Movie 1982)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young girl begins seeing the ghost of her sister who died in an accident a year earlier.

Director: Richard Lang
Stars: Dennis Weaver, Valerie Harper, Robin Ignico
A Cold Night's Death (TV Movie 1973)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Scientists Culp and Wallach suspect that there is someone other than their research primates inhabiting their polar station.

Director: Jerrold Freedman
Stars: Robert Culp, Eli Wallach, Michael C. Gwynne
Night Drive (TV Movie 1977)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A housewife is stalked by a psycho after she sees him murder a highway patrol officer.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Stars: Valerie Harper, Richard Romanus, Nicholas Pryor
She Waits (TV Movie 1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A murdered woman seeks revenge, possesses her husband's new wife.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Patty Duke, David McCallum, Dorothy McGuire
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A family moves into a new home in an isolated area, and soon realizes that someone--or something--doesn't want them there.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Robert Stack, Vera Miles, L.Q. Jones
Night of Terror (TV Movie 1972)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A hired killer hunts down a schoolteacher to get something she has. She doesn't know what it is, but he's already killed twice to get it.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Martin Balsam, Catherine Burns, Chuck Connors
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Miriam Jennings
...
Susan Wilcox
...
Dr. Michael Lomas
...
Harold Jennings
...
John
...
Sheriff
Dawn Frame ...
Young Susan
Edit

Storyline

On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What happened to little Susan was so horrible, she's been away for seven years. Now she's back...and so is the horror.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 October 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Hauch des Bösen  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer Jimmy Sangster says on the audio commentary for the Anchor Bay DVD of The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) that producer Aaron Spelling thought "A Taste of Evil" was awfully similar to the earlier Sangster-scripted Scream of Fear (1961), a.k.a. "Scram of Fear". Sangster basically admitted that it was the same script, with characters and settings changed to American ones. See more »

Goofs

In the outdoor pool scene with Miriam and Susan having breakfast. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dateline NBC (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Taste of Evil
31 March 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A Taste of Evil is a very interesting movie that tackles a pretty big issue for it's time. It involves the sexual assault of a young girl, and for 1971 I'm sure the topic was not as talked about as it is today. Anyways, the film starts with the young girl who is alone in her playhouse when a man (who we don't see) enters and attacks her off-screen. Fast forwards years later to when she is an adult. After spending years in a psychiatric institution, Susan travels home with her mother Miriam to tackle her demons. We meet some potential suspects of the rape; the mother's boyfriend Harold and a long time groundskeeper John. While at the family home, strange things start to happen. Susan sees someone lurking in the shadows, she feels someone following her in the woods, and a very dead looking Harold keeps popping up around the house.

The imagery of this movie is amazing. The usage of dark shadows in the house adds a very spooky feeling to it all. About halfway through the film we discover what/who is causing these strange occurrences, and I must say I was surprised by what it was and who assaulted Susan years ago. We then get another twist that leads us to a satisfying ending. It's a typical 1970's made for television thriller which I love, but this one adds a lot more such as the shocking storyline of the rape.

The acting was alright, Barbara Stanwyck was the best part about it. Overall a very satisfying TV movie that is impossible to purchase on DVD or VHS. Best thing to do is search it out online or hope for it to pop up on TV one day.

8/10


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?