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The Evictors (1979)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 18 April 1979 (USA)
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A young couple, just married, rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look upon them with distrust. Meanwhile, in the house ... See full summary »

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Charles B. Pierce
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Morrow ... Jake Rudd
Michael Parks ... Ben Watkins
Jessica Harper ... Ruth Watkins
Sue Ane Langdon ... Olie Gibson
Dennis Fimple ... Mr. Bumford
Bill Thurman ... Preacher Higgins
Jimmy Clem ... Mr. Buckner
Harry Thomasson Harry Thomasson ... Mr. Wheeler
Twyla Taylor Twyla Taylor ... Mrs. Bumford
Mary Branch Mary Branch ... Mrs. Mullins
John H. Meyer John H. Meyer ... Mr. Mullins (as John Meyer)
John Milam John Milam ... Mr. Rhinehart
Roxanne Harter Roxanne Harter ... Mrs. Rhinehart
Foster Litton Foster Litton ... Sheriff
Owen Guthrie Owen Guthrie ... G-Man
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A young couple, just married, rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look upon them with distrust. Meanwhile, in the house they rented, were happening strange things from the past... Written by Volker Boehm

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It was a small Louisiana town where people live and love and die and no one ever thought of locking their doors... except in the Monroe house.


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One of the last films to be released by American International Pictures (AIP). See more »

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Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006) See more »

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Chilling and suspenseful – one of Pierce's best
14 June 2010 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

In 1942, a couple moves into an old farm house in Northern Louisiana only to discover all the previous tenants have met with sinister fates. But does this eerie history have anything to do with the ominous stranger that's now terrorizing the young wife?

Director Charles B. Pierce may be best known for his docu-chillers The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), but The Evictors may just be the over-looked gem of his film career. Like his previous films The Evictors has a splendidly gritty, rural atmosphere that gives it a raw believability. This becomes all the more effective when the story builds to some strong tension as our heroine is stalked by a phantom prowler. There are also a number of flashbacks, shot in stylish black and white, that have a chilling creepiness.

The story is fairly well-written, as the plot takes a few unexpected and surprising turns. Its only real flaw is a final revelation that's a bit improbable. Pierce does well at creating a 40's era atmosphere, much like that of The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The camera work is nicely done and the music score solidly spooky. The biggest highlight here may come from star Jessica Harper's understated performance. Harper (best known as the heroine of Suspiria and Phantom of the Paradise) makes a truly convincing role here.

Over all, The Evictors is definitely a film worth checking out for horror fans, particularly those who are fans of Pierce or Harper. This is an underrated effort in need of a new audience.

*** out of ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yön painajainen See more »

Filming Locations:

Jonesville, Texas, USA See more »

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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