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Good Against Evil (1977)

A writer, Andy Stuart, teams up with an exorcist, Father Kemschler, to battle Satan, and a group of Devil worshipers led by Mr. Rimmin.


Paul Wendkos


Jimmy Sangster

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Complete credited cast:
Dack Rambo ... Andy Stuart
Elyssa Davalos ... Jessica Gordon
Richard Lynch ... Mr. Rimmin
Dan O'Herlihy ... Father Kemschler
John Harkins ... Father Wheatley
Jenny O'Hara ... The Woman
Lelia Goldoni ... Sister Monica
Peggy McCay ... Irene
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ... Dr. Price
Kim Cattrall ... Linday Isley
Natasha Ryan ... Cindy Isley
Richard Sanders ... The Doctor
Lillian Adams ... Beatrice
Erica Yohn Erica Yohn ... Agnes
Richard Stahl ... Brown


A writer, Andy Stuart, teams up with an exorcist, Father Kemschler, to battle Satan, and a group of Devil worshipers led by Mr. Rimmin.

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She became Satan's play thing.




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Release Date:

22 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les forces du mal See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Astaroth is named as the devil and male in this film. Historically, Astaroth was the Canaanite goddess of love and was known as Ishtar to the Babylonians. Her name appears in the Bible to generically refer to pagan goddesses. She appears as a demon in the TV show Blood Ties (2007) and in PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal: Sacrifices (1999). See more »


While the story is unfolding in New Orleans, the film jumps back to a view of Andy's van parked on the waterfront near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, then back to New Orleans. See more »


Linday Isley: Father Kemschler, it's one thing for you to break into my house, but to stand there and give me orders - that's something else!
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Excessively Sprawling Story Cannot Be Satisfactorily Organized During Its Initial Episode.
19 October 2006 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This was meant as a pilot film, being an initial sequence for a projected television series that did not come about, and it is quite clear why it was not found to be acceptable, since it is immensely uninventive, with both its format and attitudes plainly copied from William Friedkin's THE EXORCIST, released but a few years prior, and the 1968 ROSEMARY'S BABY, directed by Roman Polanski. Two primary threads are woven into the narrative, the first relating the efforts of one Mister Rimmin (Richard Lynch), who is in fact Astaroth a Grand Duke of Hell, to breed with a young woman, Jessica (Elyssa Davalos), who has been reared and protected by a coterie of Satanists from infancy through her 22nd year (the present), with an objective to produce a child that will rule the world in favour of The Forces Of Evil. Since Satan and his court, whose acolytes are legion, may readily mate with any number of women at any time that they choose, there seems to be little point in Rimmin tarrying for Jessica. However, such flaws in logic are matched with those of risible continuity issues. The second principal theme in the plot is of the soap opera variety, a blithely groundless love affair between Jessica and a young man, Andy (Dack Rambo) whose romantic role in Jessica's life upsets the Duke of Darkness no end. His attempts to interfere with the budding relationship of the young lovers is empty of those cunning components that are requisite for films of the "Thriller" genre. The original television airing was for only 72 minutes, and the reason is revealed by an ongoing spate of orchestral crescendi along with fades indicating arrival of commercial interruptions. The release in the DVD format adds about 25 minutes, with little overall improvement, because of uninspired parallel editing that fails to engage a viewer with either of the contrasting story lines. There is even an exorcism here, in spite of its having little significant connection to the narrative but rather a bit more with the Friedkin film that it partially apes. Direction seems to be unfocused, and few able acting turns are to be found; nonetheless Richard Lynch, playing Astaroth as earthling, is impressive as ever. The film ends abruptly, with some lead-in dialogue to subsequent chapters that did not occur, an unsatisfactory finish to a work that is rapidly paced, easy to watch, and easy to forget. There are a good many such minor productions being reissued with fresh packaging to cash in on the burgeoning popularity of DVDs. This one should probably have remained wherever it was mouldering.

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