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A Name for Evil (1973)

R | | Drama, Horror | 3 August 1973 (USA)
Dissatisfied with the family architectural business, a man and his wife pack up and move out to his great-grandfather's old house in the country. While trying to patch it up, the house ... See full summary »


Bernard Girard


Bernard Girard (screenplay), Andrew Lytle (novel)




Complete credited cast:
Robert Culp ... John Blake
Samantha Eggar ... Joanna Blake
Sheila Sullivan Sheila Sullivan ... Luanna Baxter
Mike Lane ... Fats
Sue Hathaway Sue Hathaway ... Mary
Edward Greenhalgh Edward Greenhalgh ... Hugh (as Ted Greenhalgh)
Clarence 'Big' Miller Clarence 'Big' Miller ... Jimmy
Barbara Tremain Barbara Tremain ... Mrs. Olson
Reg McReynolds Reg McReynolds ... Mr. Olson
Walter Marsh ... Minister
D. Goldrick D. Goldrick ... Secretary


Dissatisfied with the family architectural business, a man and his wife pack up and move out to his great-grandfather's old house in the country. While trying to patch it up, the house starts to make it clear to him that it doesn't want him there, but the local church (with some off-kilter practices of their own) seems to take a shine to him... Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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The dream house that becomes a nightmare. See more »


Drama | Horror


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Filmed in 1970 as a psychological thriller that parodied then-modern society, production swelled over budget and MGM ultimately shelved the movie. Three years later, Penthouse magazine's movie division acquired the rights to re-cut the film and market it as a horror movie. See more »

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Ahhh, the early seventies...
11 February 2006 | by eyecandyforuSee all my reviews

"A Name For Evil" is one of those seventies films that tries to blend a genre (horror, noir, crime, comedy, what-have-you) with the counter culture movement that had caught on by then and become a trendy, pop, fashion movement. Culp, who looks good for his age (he was in his early forties at the time) is way too long in the tooth for hippyville, but still, he's groovy man, really groovy. Clearly this is his movie, with an emphasis on his body rather than the women, evidenced by several beefcake scenes and one full frontal. He and his wife the beautiful Samantha Eggar, live in a not too distant futuristic world of oppression who decide to move to a huge gorgeous ruin of a lake house and go back to nature. The gigantic fixer-upper is haunted by the previous owner, "The Major", who, we are told repeatedly, does not like change. Creepy things happen and are discovered in the house, and go nowhere. Culp and Eggar have marital problems that go nowhere. The most bizarre moment comes late in the film when Culp rides off on a white horse after being unable to make love to his stunning wife. He ends up riding into a hippie hootenanny that quickly becomes a bizarre antique version of a music video with a folk song sung by a sombre looking young man and strange choreographed dance on the part of the youngins. An orgy ensues (natch) and Culp is officially a flower child (make that flower middle aged man, but at this point who cares), then it's back to the house for a stupid ending that tries to shock. I got the feeling during this movie, particularly with the presence of Culp's then wife who plays the hippie chick he hooks up with at the love-in, that this was some sort of excuse for the cast and crew to get away from the city and party. If you're looking for a ghost story or thriller, you'll be disappointed. If you're in the mood for a blast from the seventies past, where men still wore necklaces over flower patterned dress shirts and hated "THE MAN", check it out.

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Release Date:

3 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Face of Evil See more »


Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)
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Penthouse Video See more »
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1.85 : 1
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