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Good Against Evil (1977)

ABC-TV pilot about a writer, Andy Stuart, teaming up with an exorcist, Father Kemschler, to battle Satan, and a group of Devil worshipers led by Mr. Rimmin.

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Andy Stuart
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Mr. Rimmin
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Father Kemschler
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Father Wheatley
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The Woman
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Sister Monica
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Irene
Peter Brandon ...
Dr. Price
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Linday Isley
Natasha Ryan ...
Cindy Isley
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The Doctor
Lillian Adams ...
Beatrice
Erica Yohn ...
Agnes
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ABC-TV pilot about a writer, Andy Stuart, teaming up with an exorcist, Father Kemschler, to battle Satan, and a group of Devil worshipers led by Mr. Rimmin.

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She became Satan's play thing.

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22 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Astaroth is named as the devil and male in this film. Historically, Astaroth was the Canaanite goddess of love and was known as Ishtar to the Babylonians. Her name appears in the Bible to generically refer to pagan goddesses. She appears as a demon in the TV show Blood Ties (2006) and in PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal: Sacrifices (1999). See more »

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While the story is unfolding in New Orleans, the film jumps back to a view of Andy's van parked on the waterfront near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, then back to New Orleans. See more »

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Father Kemschler: When you need me, I'll be there.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Entertaining enough occult horror TV movie
17 October 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Good Against Evil is a 70's American made-for-TV film, more specifically it was a pilot to a series that never was. This factor explains its strange open-ending which leaves one crucial plot-strand completely unresolved. It owes a pretty obvious debt to The Exorcist (1973) and to the 70's thirst for occult horror in general. It tells the story of a satanic group who brutally manage the birth of a little girl in the 50's. 22 years later she starts stepping out with a journalist completely unaware of her evil guardians. These occultists once again step out from the shadows to put a stop to this liaison, having already pencilled the girl in as the bride of their evil demon Astaroth.

This is obviously a bit of an anomaly in the sense of it being a pilot with no real resolution. I found this initially quite baffling but to be honest it didn't really bother me too much. In fact, the oddness of the finale makes for quite a distinctive and unusual ending. The content on the lead up was fairly run-of-the-mill occult horror stuff, with several scenes that take ideas from other movies from the time. But I felt it sort of worked quite well on the whole and thought the opening segment set in the 50's was especially well done, particularly in how they played upon how sinister the nun's with the big hats can appear. Admittedly, the film sort of loses momentum once it switches to the story of the little possessed girl in a segment that owes a huge amount to The Exorcist. But up to that point I honestly felt pretty involved in this one. On a side note, it is worth pointing out that the current poster image used for it here on IMDb is hilariously misleading; it makes it look like it must be a sexploitation flick. I can only imagine the disappointment that many people had if they bought this film on the basis of this cover.


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