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Something Evil (1972)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 21 January 1972
A young couple moves into a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. What they don't know is that there is an unseen presence in the house, and that it wants to take possession of the wife.

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Steven Spielberg

Writer:

Robert Clouse
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Dennis ... Marjorie Worden
Darren McGavin ... Paul Worden
Ralph Bellamy ... Harry Lincoln
Jeff Corey ... Gehrmann
Johnny Whitaker ... Stevie Worden
John Rubinstein ... Ernest Lincoln
David Knapp David Knapp ... John
Laurie Hagen Laurie Hagen ... Beth (as Laurie Hagan)
Debbie Lempert Debbie Lempert ... Laurie Worden
Sandy Lempert Sandy Lempert ... Laurie Worden
Herb Armstrong ... Mr. Schiller
Margaret Avery ... Irene
Norman Bartold ... Mr. Hackett
Sheila Bartold Sheila Bartold ... Mrs. Hackett
Lois Battle Lois Battle ... Mrs. Faraday
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Storyline

Sandy Dennis, Darren McGavin, and their kids move into a possessed Pennsylvania farmhouse occupied by the devil himself, eager to assert his powers on new tenants. This early Steven Speilberg TV movie comes on the heels of his classic "Duel" and shares some similarities with his later production, "Poltergeist". Speilberg's camera trickery makes this entry much better than the usual made-for-TV ghost-story movie at the time and the director even makes a cameo appearance. Written by alfiehitchie

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Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something Evil See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director's Cameo: Steven Spielberg can barely be seen during the first party scene. He's talking to Carl Gottlieb. See more »

Goofs

The shadow of the cameraman can be seen on Marjorie's red robe when she walks out to the yard on their first night. See more »

Quotes

audition girl: Apples come in taffy gold, mmm-mmm, they're scrump-tu-ous! Scrump... they're... they... mmmm, they... mmmmm.
Paul Worden: Thank you, erm, thank you very much, my dear. We're looking for a singer.
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Connections

Spoofed in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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APPLE BAR CANDY SONG
by Charlie Marie Gordon
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Not Bad For A 1970s TV Movie
22 May 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Your basic horror story: A family moves into a house and they do not realize it's haunted but will soon become believers and it's haunted by demons. A quote from Marjorie Worden: "Can you believe that I believe that the devil's in my house?"

This TV movie was back when they made fun and interesting movies for television. Not all of them were great but they were at least worth watching. When real life society changed, the TV shows and movies changed - I quit watching - but I hear the TV movies today are nothing like these older films and not nearly as good. This particular film is not grand but it's not a bad watch either - mildly entertaining demonic horror.

6/10


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