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Director:
Writers:
Brian Helgeland (writer)
Rhet Topham (writer)
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Release Date:
24 March 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Number for Hell! See more »
Plot:
People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers. | Add synopsis »
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Interesting concept, but poor character development and editing bring it down a notch See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Stephen Geoffreys ... Hoax
Patrick O'Bryan ... Spike

Sandy Dennis ... Aunt Lucy

Jim Metzler ... Marty
María Rubell ... Angela (as Maria Rubell)
Lezlie Deane ... Suzie

J.J. Cohen ... Marcus

Paul Willson ... Mr. Michaels

Greg Collins ... Mr. Selby

Darren E. Burrows ... Jeff (as Darren Burrows)
Joanna Keyes ... Suzie's Mother
Gunther Jenson ... Airhead (as Gunther Jensen)
J.J. Johnston ... Virgil

John Slade ... John Doe (as Jon Slade)
Demetre Phillips ... Sergeant Bell
Don Bajema ... Deputy
Jim Thiebaud ... Rags
Wendy J. Cooke ... Gang Girl (as Wendy Cooke)
Tom McFadden ... Minister (as Thom McFadden)
Larry Turk ... Operator #1
Cynthia Szigeti ... Female Operator
Christopher Metas ... Cashier
Roxanne Rogers ... Waitress

Bert Hinchman ... Coroner

Nay K. Dorsey ... Paramedic #1 (as Nay Dorsey)
Jim Landis ... Paramedic #2
Ed Corbett ... Santa Claus
Quigley ... Aunt Lucy's Parrot

Robert Picardo ... Mark Dark

Mindy Seeger ... Victim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Boutin ... Wife (uncredited)
Nick Dongarra ... Husband (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Englund 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Helgeland  writer
Rhet Topham  writer

Produced by
Lisa M. Hansen .... producer
Paul Hertzberg .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Chase 
Steve Rucker 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Elliott 
 
Film Editing by
Stephen R. Myers 
 
Production Design by
David Brian Miller 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Booth 
 
Makeup Department
Grant Arndt .... special makeup effects assistant: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
Howard Berger .... shop supervisor: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
Gino Crognale .... special makeup effects assistant: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
Robert Kurtzman .... on-set makeup applicator: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
Rick Lalonde .... special makeup effects assistant: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
Larry Odien .... special makeup effects assistant: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
Zandra Platzek .... special makeup effects assistant: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
Christopher Swift .... special makeup effects assistant: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
Kevin Yagher .... make-up effects creator: Kevin Yagher Production, Inc.
 
Production Management
Rick Blumenthal .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director
Jeff Shiffman .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist
Paul Byers .... property master
Michael A. Clark .... construction coordinator
Robyn Jacobs .... propmaker
Jim Landis .... assistant property master
Lyndell Wolff .... construction coordinator
Peter Flynn .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Patrick Bietz .... sound editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
John Post .... supervising sound editor
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Cathy McKelvey .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hal Miles .... animatronic supervisor
James M. Navarra .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor
Marcus Tate .... visual effects cameraman
 
Stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts
Lynn Salvatori .... stunt double
Jack West .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Buchinsky .... still photographer
Kenny S. Christiansen .... best boy electric
Stanley B. Gill .... assistant camera
Stanley B. Gill .... camera operator
Doug Weinmann .... electrician
 
Music Department
Kennard Ramsey .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Patrick Avedissian .... production assistant
Michael Curtis .... production assistant
Helen Pinkston .... script supervisor
 

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USA:92 min
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Trivia:
Spike's usual (favorite food) at the diner is 'Deviled Egg'.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Marty goes to the 976 Dialup company, he's approached by a man drinking water, asking if he needs help. Marty says "I'm looking for Mark Dark.", to which we hear the man reply "Follow me." However, the man's lips and mouth never move, and his mouth is apparently still full of water.See more »
Quotes:
Hoax:Once you've been to hell, everything else pales in comparison!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Want You TonightSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Interesting concept, but poor character development and editing bring it down a notch, 5 November 2013
Author: Aaron1375 from Alabama

I watched this movie after years of really wanting to. Funny that I watch it now in an age where a number such as this is pretty outdated. I also am surprised to see that Robert Englund directed this one and I think he did okay as most of the problems I found with the film came more from the story and from the editing. The imagery is great and it has some okay acting as it is not stiff, the end has the killer getting a bit too cute with the one liners actually reminding one a bit of Freddy Krueger's lines in the Elm Street horror films.

The story has a strange phone number that seems to predict things a bit too well being used by a dude named Spike; however, Spike soon stops using the number after nearly being killed by a runaway car. His cousin, though, finds the number and listens to it and heeds it and is soon transformed into a supernatural killer with the power to take revenge on all those that wronged him.

The story is a bit rushed, we are introduced to Spike who finds the number and then quickly uses it. He has a girlfriend who seems integral to the plot, then cast away suddenly. There is a guy who is sort of a reporter that seems to be important, but at the same time he doesn't. A teacher who seems inconsequential becomes a main character at the end. Editing that made me wonder what was going on at times. Spike, who seems to be the main character, disappears just as his cousin begins his killing spree and does not reappear till the final showdown. Still, loved the imagery especially at the end as Hoax (the cousin) has some interesting powers. Hoax is played by Stephen Geoffreys, best known as Evil from Fright Night. He is pretty much the same character, just a bigger nerd this time around.

The film had some good moments and I liked it somewhat. Just needed work (a running theme in most horrors). They needed to either establish that teacher and reporter more or simply do not have them at all. They could have had Spike try to dig for further evidence or something. The ending though has some nice kills and effects, but it also has some pretty bad one liners. It is as if they were trying to make Hoax sound like Freddy Krueger at the end with the puns and such. I am glad I finally saw this one though, because now I can watch 976-EVIL II as I have that one in a collection of DVDs. I caught this one on Encore.

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