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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.
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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:

Did You Know?

While filming in the Shreveport LA area, the Louisiana State Police assigned TFC James Pierrelee to assist with traffic for several days.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »


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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Eviction anxiety, 14 September 2011
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

In 1942, Ben and Ruth Watkins have just moved into an old Louisiana farmhouse. It's a beautiful place, but they soon learn of it's morbid past. Apparently, the previous few tenants all died in ways that raise suspicion. This doesn't sit well with Ruth, who stays at home alone most of the day while Ben is at work. As if she weren't spooked enough already, it isn't long before she finds herself menaced by a prowler who keeps showing up.

Charles B. Pierce, the man behind such southern-flavored gems as 'The Town that Dreaded Sundown' and 'The Legend of Boggy Creek', scored again with this outstanding mood piece. Atmosphere always was Pierce's strongest point, and 'The Evictors' features it in spades. The slow-burn pacing works brilliantly here, allowing the ominous tone to fester. The 1940's setting and impact of World War II on the financially struggling town are also well-realized, the former all the more so thanks to the lovely scope photography Pierce so expertly utilizes. Some effective sepia-toned flashbacks further the mood, as does the hushed nature of the townspeople in regard to the house's history.

Jessica Harper and Michael Parks play the married couple, and there is an obvious chemistry between them. It was great seeing the lovely Harper in a horror film other than 'Suspiria' for a change. Vic Morrow is on hand as the shady real estate agent who sales them the house and has eyes for Ruth. His role isn't the largest despite him getting top-billing, but it's an important one. Sue Ann Langdon also deserves mention as the crippled neighbor whom Ruth befriends.

The film offers up it's fair share of surprises as it heads toward the climax. There's one aspect of the story that was easily predictable, at least in my case, but others not so much. This is one of the true unsung gems of the 70's. The thought of it either not getting a release or being relegated to a shitty MOD DVD-R disgusts me to the core.

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