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The Evil (1978)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  5 May 1978 (USA)
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A chilling tale of suspense and survival. When a doctor rents a haunted house to use as a clinic, he and his associates are victimized by supernatural powers within.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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C.J. Arnold
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Dr. Caroline Arnold
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Prof. Raymond Guy
Cassie Yates ...
Mary Harper
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Pete Brooks
Lynne Moody ...
Felicia Allen
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Laurie Belman
Robert Viharo ...
Dwight (as George Viharo)
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Milton Selzer ...
The Realtor
Ed Bakey ...
Sam the Caretaker
Galen Thompson ...
Emilio Vargas
Emory Souza ...
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A chilling tale of suspense and survival. When a doctor rents a haunted house to use as a clinic, he and his associates are victimized by supernatural powers within. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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An ancient horror slept beneath the old haunted mansion... nothing could stop its escape! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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5 May 1978 (USA)  »

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House of Evil  »

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$700,000 (estimated)
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Most of the special effects were done in camera. See more »

Goofs

When Caroline ties a rope to the pipe for taking C.J. out of the Devil's den, the rope is tied in a loose knot. However, in the next shot, when C.J. is climbing up the rope, its knot is tied very tightly. See more »

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[C.J. comes face-to-face with the Devil sitting on a throne in a white-colored limbo plane of existence]
Devil: [chuckles] Forgive me, but you are an endless source of amusement to me.
C.J. Arnold: What is it that you want?
Devil: There... you see what I mean? After all I put you through and you still don't know.
C.J. Arnold: You did all that?
Devil: No, Mr. Arnold. YOU did. You denied the warnings, you opened the door, and still you cannot accept or understand what you've done. You pondered the deeper meaning of a universal power for good. ...
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"It's not the house. It's something in the house!"
2 October 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A daft, but entertainingly modest low-budget late 70s haunted house variation with horror comic lashings (intentional or not) in what becomes a traditional battle between good vs. evil. Nothing surprises, as no cliché is left untouched, but director Gus Trikonis' able execution is quite well done for what it is. Some creepy or outrageous moments and there's a solid cast led by the ever-reliable Richard Crenna, as he plays a psychologist along with his wife (a doctor) buy an abandon mansion (which does have something of a gloomy past) to hopefully restore to use as a clinic. So some friends and students of his go there to help fix it up, but unknowingly to them a devastating satanic force is unleashed and they find themselves trapped inside trying to survive.

The raw atmospheric make-up emit's a dominating presence, from the grand vast secluded mansion to the eerily placed music score, imaginative camera placement and cue in the cackling evil laughter of the evil entity. It constructs an ominously nightmarish strangle-hold, as it grows claustrophobic but at the same time the whirlwind becomes a random schlock-fest with its climax being the tip of it. It's not as unnerving as it could have been and the ending it feebly done. The story dynamics are old-hat (a stormy night) and it's slow to get going with some plodding opening dialogues, but soon that's made way for impulsively staged deaths / encounters --- consisting of spirit manifestations, possessions, fires, self-mutilation and bodies being thrown about. When these strange occurrences transpire, it's even mentioned for no one to go anywhere on their own, but do they listen… of course not. The dedicated cast also features lively performances by Andrew Prine, Joanna Pettet, Cassie Yates and a memorable sequence with Victor Buono.


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