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The Evictors -- A nice young couple move into an eerie house which is located in a small Louisiana town, unaware of its violent history, and soon find themselves tormented by the previous owners.


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18 April 1979 (USA) See more »
It was a small Louisiana town where people live and love and die and no one ever thought of locking their doors... except in the Monroe house.
A young couple just being married rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Vic Morrow ... Jake Rudd

Michael Parks ... Ben Watkins

Jessica Harper ... Ruth Watkins
Sue Ane Langdon ... Olie Gibson

Dennis Fimple ... Mr. Bumford
Bill Thurman ... Preacher Higgins
Jimmy Clem ... Mr. Buckner
Harry Thomasson ... Mr. Wheeler
Twyla Taylor ... Mrs. Bumford
Mary Branch ... Mrs. Mullins
John H. Meyer ... Mr. Mullins (as John Meyer)
John Milam ... Mr. Rhinehart
Roxanne Harter ... Mrs. Rhinehart
Foster Litton ... Sheriff
Owen Guthrie ... G-Man
William Kerwin ... Harry Richardson
Ron White ... G-Man
Thomas Ham ... G-Man
Thomas Hodge ... Deputy
Raymond Meyers ... Deputy
Ervin Reed ... Deputy
William Rexon ... Deputy
Robert Sibley ... Deputy
Stanley Taylor ... Deputy
Lucius Farris ... Peddler
Jesse Cagle ... Banker
Marilyn Gorsylowsky ... Lady at Party
Glen Roberts ... Dwayne Monroe
S.F. Vaughan ... Man at Store

John P. Fertitta ... Doctor Williams (as John Fertitta)

Directed by
Charles B. Pierce 
Writing credits
Charles B. Pierce (writer) and
Garry Rusoff (writer) and
Paul Fisk (writer)

Produced by
Steve Lyons .... associate producer
Charles B. Pierce .... producer
Original Music by
Jaime Mendoza-Nava 
Cinematography by
Chuck Bryant 
Film Editing by
Shirak Kojayan  (as Shirak Khojayan)
Art Direction by
John Ball 
Costume Design by
Barbara Kerwin 
Makeup Department
Tom Dickey .... makeup artist
Laura Markham .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Tommy Clark .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Norge .... assistant director
Art Department
Deborah Hall .... assistant props
Johnny Nashville .... property master
Pete Petersen .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Dick Damon .... production sound mixer
Lawrence H. Dippel .... sound effects editor
John P. Fertitta .... boom operator (as John Fertitta)
Andrew Herbert .... sound effects editor
William Kerwin .... sound editor
Lester Kisling .... sound effects editor
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects editor
Richard LeGrand Jr. .... sound effects editor (as Rick Le Grand)
Hoppy Mehterian .... sound mixer
Eddie Nelson .... sound mixer (as Eddy Nelson)
George Porter .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jack Bennett .... special effects
Randy Fife .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adams .... grip
Bill Ahrens .... lighting director
Jim Brison .... crane operator
Mike Hammons .... third assistant camera
Bill Lawler .... key grip
Mack Pierce .... grip
Cheyenne Rivera .... crane operator
John Welsh .... first assistant camera
Bill Wilson .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terry Kaye .... assistant wardrobe
Bonney Langfitt .... wardrobe mistress
Shirley Pierce .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Susan Welsh .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Aden Pierce .... transportation captain
Other crew
W.B. Antley .... guard
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Dee Davenport .... production secretary
L.B. Donaho .... guard
Sue Johnston .... script supervisor
Ben Rushing .... antique automotive supervisor

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Spain:92 min | USA:92 min | West Germany:89 min (video)
Black and White (prologue) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Norway:16 (original rating) | UK:18 | USA:PG | West Germany:16
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While filming in the Shreveport LA area, the Louisiana State Police assigned TFC James Pierrelee to assist with traffic for several days.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Minor but enjoyable little thriller., 11 June 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Keep your expectations low and you might have some fun with this movie from director Charles B. Pierce, which, like his earlier "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", is a period thriller based on a true story. It doesn't add up to much when it's all over, but it's well made and has some good moments. It's really the cast that helps to maintain viewer interest as it plays out with a rather deliberate pace.

Michael Parks and the lovely Jessica Harper play Ben and Ruth Watkins, a couple who move into a house in a small Louisiana town in 1942. It seems, however, that realtor Jake Rudd (Vic Morrow) hasn't been forthcoming with them about some details. The house has a violent history: all people who previously tried to move into the house came to bad ends. And before long Ruth begins to be menaced by a glowering redneck who shows up, usually at night, with a big sharp knife.

Pierce gives this movie some semblance of style, especially the flashbacks - set in 1928, 1934, and 1939 - which are shot in a sepia tone. The scare scenes that occur really aren't that scary, but Harper is just so watchable that she makes up for any lack of suspense. She and Parks make for a very likable couple, and they're well supported by Morrow and the great Sue Ane Langdon as cheery neighbour Olie Gibson. Familiar character actors Dennis Fimple and Bill Thurman can be seen in small roles.

As in "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", the period recreation is nicely done, and the score by Jaime Mendoza-Nava adds a lot to the atmosphere.

Ultimately, there's really nothing here that's surprising, but "The Evictors" is still passably engrossing, and it does offer up a fairly interesting ending.

One of the final few films for the legendary American International Pictures.

Seven out of 10.

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