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A Name for Evil (1973)

R | | Drama, Horror | 3 August 1973 (USA)
Dissatisfied with the family architectural business, a man and his wife pack up and move out to his great-grandfather's old house in the country. While trying to patch it up, the house ... See full summary »

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Joanna Blake
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Sue Hathaway ...
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Ted Greenhalgh ...
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Dissatisfied with the family architectural business, a man and his wife pack up and move out to his great-grandfather's old house in the country. While trying to patch it up, the house starts to make it clear to him that it doesn't want him there, but the local church (with some off-kilter practices of their own) seems to take a shine to him... Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Get Out or Die. See more »

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Drama | Horror

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3 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Face of Evil  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Filmed in 1970 as a psychological thriller that parodied then-modern society, production swelled over budget and MGM ultimately shelved the movie. Three years later, Penthouse magazine's movie division acquired the rights to re-cut the film and market it as a horror movie. See more »

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Mountain Woman
Lyrics by Ed Cobb
Music by Emory Gordy Jr.
Sung by Billy Joe Royal
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An overloaded supernatural scribble.
21 March 2008 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Robert Culp and Samantha Eggar high-tail it from the city into woodsy environs to oversee the renovation of their inherited historic house...a creepy, desolate lakeside place where shadowy phantoms cloaked in darkness whisper orders for the couple to depart.

That overview may sound simple enough, but don't be fooled...A NAME FOR EVIL presents more random points of aimless departure than one could possibly imagine. What results is a discursive, audience distancing clusterf--k, replete with earthy, post-psychedelic erotic inclivities. As stated by other reviewers, it's occasionally suggestive of modest professional contributions, chiefly in response to the cinematography and soundtrack, but despite these niceties, A NAME FOR EVIL remains a lead balloon of carelessly overburdened derangement which goes absolutely nowhere, and takes far too many side-roads getting there.

A metagrobolized rummage of wandering notions, stuffed into a hand-carried wet paper bag. 3.5/10


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