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The Evictors (1979)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 18 April 1979 (USA)
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

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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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (prologue)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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: Blu-ray Edition (2012) See more »

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Beautifully made but slow going
6 June 2007 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

As horror films go, THE EVICTORS is slightly above the usual stuff that was released back then. The acting and production values are good. The cinematography is gorgeous. The Vestron VHS tape I watched had the film in an uncompressed anamorphic transfer. Everything looked squished but my TV has a 16x9 option and when I activated it, the VHS image was widescreen and beautiful. I loved the sepia toned scenes (they are flashbacks). They give the film a distinctive quality. The film's biggest weakness is the story. It sorta comes into its own by the end of the film but even so it's still pretty weak.

The story is about a couple who are terrorized by a mysterious man who lurks around a house they recently moved in, a house with a long history of suspicious violent deaths. The wife (played by the wonderful Jessica Harper) is repeatedly terrorized by the lurker when the husband is away. This storyline works on a certain level but the character who plays the lurker/murderer is no Michael or Jason. That aspect of the story was severely underwritten and when the revelation of who this lurker is and why he's terrorizing the couple, what gloomy & mysterious atmosphere the film so meticulously created vanished in a blink of an eye. But the revelation is not bad enough to destroy the whole film. It's just too corny, too a la Scooby Doo.

The other annoying thing about this film is the pacing. It's a tad slow going. The action eventually picks up in the second half but the first half was very casual.

Even with all its faults, I still enjoyed THE EVICTORS. It's a gorgeous looking horror film and there's Jessica Harper, which always makes anything worth watching.


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