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Something Evil (1972)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 21 January 1972
A young couple moves into a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. What they don't know is that there is an unseen presence in the house, and that it wants to take possession of the wife.

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Marjorie Worden
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Paul Worden
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Harry Lincoln
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Gehrmann
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Ernest Lincoln
David Knapp ...
John
Laurie Hagen ...
Beth (as Laurie Hagan)
Debbie Lempert ...
Laurie Worden
Sandy Lempert ...
Laurie Worden
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Mr. Schiller
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Irene
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Mr. Hackett
Sheila Bartold ...
Mrs. Hackett
Lois Battle ...
Mrs. Faraday
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Sandy Dennis, Darren McGavin, and their kids move into a possessed Pennsylvania farmhouse occupied by the devil himself, eager to assert his powers on new tenants. This early Steven Speilberg TV movie comes on the heels of his classic "Duel" and shares some similarities with his later production, "Poltergeist". Speilberg's camera trickery makes this entry much better than the usual made-for-TV ghost-story movie at the time and the director even makes a cameo appearance. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Força do Mal  »

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Director's Cameo: Steven Spielberg can barely be seen during the first party scene. He's talking to Carl Gottlieb. See more »

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The shadow of the cameraman can be seen on Marjorie's red robe when she walks out to the yard on their first night. See more »

Quotes

Beth: Apples come in chocolate brown, mmmm-mmm, they're wonderful. Apples come in taffy gold, mmm-mmm, they're scrumptious! Listen to me, all you folks, hear me when I say: apple bar, apple bar, sends me all the way!
Paul Worden: Beth, baby, you have got to make me believe you eat this junk, now you just gotta!
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Spoofed in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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APPLE BAR CANDY SONG
by Charlie Marie Gordon
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Something weird
30 October 2010 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

A married couple and their two children move into an old country estate in rural Pennsylvania. The father spends most of his time working in New York City, but his wife stays home tending to the kids and coming up with various art designs. It isn't long before she's plagued by bizarre happenings, and while her husband is disbelieving, she comes to the conclusion that a devil is haunting the estate.

This TV movie was Steven Spielberg's follow-up to "Duel". While nowhere near that film's level, it is a reasonably effective little haunting yarn. The late Sandy Dennis carries the picture with her frantic, on edge performance. Ralph Bellamy of "Rosemary's Baby" is on the right side of the occult this time as a friendly neighbor who supplies Dennis with info on devils and protection from evil. The haunting is predominately low-key, though it occasionally moves into more pronounced territory when attacking others and even causing a fatal car accident. The creepiest scenes involve the sounds of a baby crying in the still country night and Dennis desperately trying to find out where the cries are emanating from. What she eventually finds makes for a rather disturbing visual.

Less unnerving and more cheesy is a scene where Sandy is flipping out on her son. The aftermath doesn't hit as hard as Spielberg would like it too because of this, but Sandy's performance does lessen the damage. Her husband doesn't seem to think much of it and heads back to New York for more work on the annoying commercial he's been preoccupied with. All of this leads up to a fun, if somewhat limp ending. The climactic surprise is telegraphed well in advance.

As a whole, there's nothing particularly remarkable here, but it all works just fine. Still, I was hoping that "Something Evil" would be something truly special.


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