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976-EVIL (1988)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  24 March 1989 (USA)
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People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hoax
Patrick O'Bryan ...
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Aunt Lucy
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Marty
María Rubell ...
Angela (as Maria Rubell)
Lezlie Deane ...
Suzie
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Marcus
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Mr. Michaels
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Mr. Selby
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Jeff (as Darren Burrows)
Joanna Keyes ...
Suzie's Mother
Gunther Jenson ...
Airhead (as Gunther Jensen)
J.J. Johnston ...
Virgil
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John Doe (as Jon Slade)
Demetre Phillips ...
Sergeant Bell
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People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

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One Number for Hell! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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24 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dial the Devil  »

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$2,955,917 (USA)
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Robert Englund. See more »

Goofs

When the phone booth explodes in the opening scene, the wire used to throw the stuntman around is clearly visible. Albeit through a bunch of flames. See more »

Quotes

Pet Parrot: [After possessed Hoax slashes and kills his mother and blood splatters onto the sofa]
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Pet Parrot: Not on the couch! Not on the Couch! *squawk
Hoax: [Possessed Hoax reaches into the cage and squeezes the bird to death] That's what the plastic's for, asshole!
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Crazy Credits

Mindy Seeger is credited in opening credits but not in the final cast. See more »

Connections

References Alone in the Dark (1982) See more »

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I'm a Wild One
Written by Stephen C. Marston, Jill H. Roberts, Thomas Chase, and Steve Rucker
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The poor man's eighties horror film (the same poor man who spent all his money phoning up silly horoscope lines)
2 June 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Eighties horror tends to vary; it can be either trashy and great or trashy and trash, and unfortunately this film belongs more in the latter category. But that's not to say it's all bad! Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund directs a film about an outsider getting their revenge, in the style of films like Carrie and Evilspeak. The plot isn't very original, as we've got a rather common 'evil down the phone' theme, and it also features some kid getting possessed. In fact, it's not even a world away from A Nightmare on Elm Street, in which Englund made his name; but unfortunately, even some of the sequels to Craven's commercial hit are better than this film. The plot follows some kid who finds an advert for a 'horrorscope'. Naturally, he can't resist phoning it up, and neither can his younger cousin (it would have gone straight in the bin if I'd found it). Unfortunately, it turns out that whoever rings this number gets possessed by the devil and begins getting his revenge on all those who have wronged him. As you've probably guessed; brains aren't a major strongpoint here.

The relationship between the two cousins that the film centres on makes up its backbone, and it could have been good if Englund had spent a bit more time concentrating on it. Unsurprisingly, the kill scenes and gore seem to be Englund's main priority, and while I don't necessarily have a problem with this; the final third is pretty much entirely about the younger cousin's 'revenge', and it doesn't take long to get really boring. Before that, however, the film seems to be mimicking the USA's other popular genre in the eighties; teen comedy, and it's actually quite funny with it. It becomes rather annoying at the end when just about everything you've seen leading up to it amounts to nothing, though. The acting isn't too bad, with future gay porn star Stephen Geoffreys taking the lead role and convincing as a young kid despite actually being in his mid-twenties during filming. Patrick O'Bryan is his opposite number, and while it's not exactly a mystery as to why he hasn't made many films since, he puts in a decent performance overall. On the whole, this isn't a horror classic; and it's not really all that good either, but if you're into eighties horror; there's something here.


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