Something Evil (1972)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Worden
Paul Worden
Harry Lincoln
Ernest Lincoln
David Knapp ...
Laurie Hagen ...
Beth (as Laurie Hagan)
Debbie Lempert ...
Laurie Worden
Sandy Lempert ...
Laurie Worden
Mr. Schiller
Mr. Hackett
Sheila Bartold ...
Mrs. Hackett
Lois Battle ...
Mrs. Faraday


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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21 January 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Presença do Mal  »

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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 »


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 »


Marjorie Worden: Can you believe that I believe that the devil's in my house?
Harry Lincoln: Yes. If you believe there's a devil, you believe the devil's in your house; then for you it's true.
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great work
5 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's easy to knock something like this because it's cheap, but you have to look beyond production values and see quality for what it really is. On paper, 'Something Evil' is pretty routine stuff, but it has the kind of energy you only get from young, hungry directors. There's a great sense of atmosphere that transcends the movie's low budget, something that would have never been achieved through routine direction. I've always been indifferent to Spielberg, but this is great.

The fact that you could turn on your television in the 70's and find something like this every week makes me wish I grew up a decade earlier.

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