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The Evil (1978)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 5 May 1978 (USA)
A doctor buys a Civil War era dilapidated mansion, and hires a few friends to fix it up, but the mansion hides a deadly secret.

Director:

Gus Trikonis

Writers:

Galen Thompson (screenplay) (as Donald G. Thompson), Gus Trikonis (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Crenna ... C.J. Arnold
Joanna Pettet ... Dr. Caroline Arnold
Andrew Prine ... Prof. Raymond Guy
Cassie Yates ... Mary Harper
George O'Hanlon Jr. ... Pete Brooks
Lynne Moody ... Felicia Allen
Mary Louise Weller ... Laurie Belman
Robert Viharo ... Dwight (as George Viharo)
Victor Buono ... The Devil
Milton Selzer ... The Realtor
Ed Bakey Ed Bakey ... Sam the Caretaker
Galen Thompson Galen Thompson ... Emilio Vargas
Emory Souza Emory Souza ... The Demon
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Storyline

A chilling tale of suspense and survival. When a doctor rents a haunted house to use as a clinic, he and his associates are victimized by supernatural powers within. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Escape is just a nerve-shredding scream for salvation! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Evil See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Buddy Joe Hooker burned his face performing a fire stunt. See more »

Goofs

When Lynne Moody is attacked and thrown around the lines use to pull her are visible. See more »

Quotes

[C.J. comes face-to-face with the Devil sitting on a throne in a white-colored limbo plane of existence]
Devil: [chuckles] Forgive me, but you are an endless source of amusement to me.
C.J. Arnold: What is it that you want?
Devil: There... you see what I mean? After all I put you through and you still don't know.
C.J. Arnold: You did all that?
Devil: No, Mr. Arnold. YOU did. You denied the warnings, you opened the door, and still you cannot accept or understand what you've done. You pondered the deeper meaning of a universal power for good. ...
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Alternate Versions

Some prints cut Victor Buono's appearance as the Devil See more »

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Featured in 31 Days of Horror: The Evil (1978) (2009) See more »

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Very underrated '70s Horror Classic
7 May 2019 | by tomleylandSee all my reviews

The special effects in this film are extremely effective and quite good for the time. In fact, the Ghost effects in particular are even good by today's standards. The later scenes of the Emilio Vargas Ghost are especially impressive and very effective. This movie goes to show that newer SFX techniques are not always better. One can only wish Hollywood would begin doing away with CG and embrace these masterful analog SFX methods.

The story is unique for a Haunted House film and the movie takes things to "The root of all evil" which is often overlooked in these movies.

The movie features the always entertaining Richard Crenna as Dr. C.J. Arnold, a likable shrink and professor, who seeks help from his many former students and patients to help him clean-up an old Victorian Mansion he purchases. From here on-out things get weird, unexplained, and downright sinister.

Lots of disproportionate reactions (typical campy under reactions to what would normally scare the hell out of anyone) to the paranormal events unfolding around the actors. While most of the acting is classic camp (overacting/underacting), Crenna manages to entertain and deliver a solid performance as is typical for him.

There are some genuinely scary moments in the film and also some funny ones.

Victor Buono turns in a devilish performance and is perfectly cast.

This movie is really quite good even amongst its peers and will entertain.


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