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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.
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  (in credits order)

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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Also Known As:
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
Filming Locations:

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One of the last films to be released by American International Pictures (AIP).See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Chilling and suspenseful – one of Pierce's best, 14 June 2010
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

In 1942, a couple moves into an old farm house in Northern Louisiana only to discover all the previous tenants have met with sinister fates. But does this eerie history have anything to do with the ominous stranger that's now terrorizing the young wife?

Director Charles B. Pierce may be best known for his docu-chillers The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), but The Evictors may just be the over-looked gem of his film career. Like his previous films The Evictors has a splendidly gritty, rural atmosphere that gives it a raw believability. This becomes all the more effective when the story builds to some strong tension as our heroine is stalked by a phantom prowler. There are also a number of flashbacks, shot in stylish black and white, that have a chilling creepiness.

The story is fairly well-written, as the plot takes a few unexpected and surprising turns. Its only real flaw is a final revelation that's a bit improbable. Pierce does well at creating a 40's era atmosphere, much like that of The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The camera work is nicely done and the music score solidly spooky. The biggest highlight here may come from star Jessica Harper's understated performance. Harper (best known as the heroine of Suspiria and Phantom of the Paradise) makes a truly convincing role here.

Over all, The Evictors is definitely a film worth checking out for horror fans, particularly those who are fans of Pierce or Harper. This is an underrated effort in need of a new audience.

*** out of ****

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