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Something Evil (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror  -  21 January 1972 (USA)
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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
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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Director Steven Spielberg puts in an appearance as one of the Worden's party guests, along with Carl Gottlieb and Michael Macready. 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 »

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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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APPLE BAR CANDY SONG
by Charlie Marie Gordon
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wonder whether using Ralph Bellamy was a good idea
4 April 2013 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Early TV movie effort from Spielberg that is rather uneven. I'm not really sure why this doesn't work better. I guess there was little money and a lot of TV people looking over his shoulder that may have not helped the process. Whatever the reason, the location screams that it is a set, so flat and airless. When the spirits arise and the winds begin to blow, I realized why it had been absent, before but surely some sense of heat or rain would have given some sense of life to this clapperboard and cardboard. I also wonder whether using Ralph Bellamy was a good idea, he didn't seem to fit too well but would probably have been difficult to tell. Sandy Dennis is pretty much as she always is and I always like her but here when everyone seems a bit strange we could have done with a more staid central character. Otherwise, reasonable enough and there are scares particularly at the end, even if they are a bit undermined by an early sign of sentimentality creeping in and almost spoiling things.


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