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976-EVIL (1988)

People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

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Robert Englund
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Geoffreys ... Hoax
Patrick O'Bryan ... Spike
Sandy Dennis ... Aunt Lucy
Jim Metzler ... Marty
María Rubell 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 Joanna Keyes ... Suzie's Mother
Gunther Jenson Gunther Jenson ... Airhead (as Gunther Jensen)
J.J. Johnston ... Virgil
John Currie Slade John Currie Slade ... John Doe (as Jon Slade)
Demetre Phillips Demetre Phillips ... Sergeant Bell
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Storyline

People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

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Taglines:

One Number for Hell! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dial the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,955,917
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended VHS cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Hoax: I killed her... I killed her, Spike. I used my spider!... I did it for you, Spike... She was a dirty Jezebel whore, and I took care of her for you.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The TV version seems to have quite a bit of footage that the video version does not. There are scenes where extra dialogue is used to replace a couple of lines in the same scenes. These extra scenes were probably cut in the video and theatrical releases because some are inept and acted very poorly. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scrape (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want You Tonight
Written by Stephen C. Marston, Thomas Chase, and Steve Rucker
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User Reviews

Good Movie! I disagree with everyone else.
10 August 1999 | by Jane-41See all my reviews

I do not understand why everyone else hates this movie. Yes, it is cheesy in a lot of the standard horror genre ways, but I really got into it. The main reason a horror film doesn't work is because the characters don't hook you. I started to care about the characters after just a few scenes. The mother who is in love with religion is hilarious--we all know people like her. The son, Hoax, is heartbreaking because he is so weak that he will grasp at anything to be strong. I think we all know him too. Robert Englund was very careful to build up the suspense. There are lots of times when you know that someone is going to die, and he draws it out to the point where it is almost painful to watch (I obviously can't give examples without ruining it.) So, I recommend it to anyone who likes horror.


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