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976-EVIL (1988)

People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

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Robert Englund
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Geoffreys ... Hoax
Patrick O'Bryan ... Spike
Sandy Dennis ... Aunt Lucy
Jim Metzler ... Marty
María Rubell María Rubell ... Angela (as Maria Rubell)
Lezlie Deane ... Suzie
J.J. Cohen ... Marcus
Paul Willson ... Mr. Michaels
Greg Collins ... Mr. Selby
Darren E. Burrows ... Jeff (as Darren Burrows)
Joanna Keyes Joanna Keyes ... Suzie's Mother
Gunther Jenson Gunther Jenson ... Airhead (as Gunther Jensen)
J.J. Johnston ... Virgil
John Currie Slade John Currie Slade ... John Doe (as Jon Slade)
Demetre Phillips Demetre Phillips ... Sergeant Bell
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People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

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Taglines:

One Number for Hell! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dial the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,955,917
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended VHS cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The exterior of the El Diablo Theater was actually a model which was four feet long and two feet high. Robert Englund states that the miniatures were inserted using a technique called "Inter-vision" See more »

Goofs

When the phone booth explodes in the opening scene, the wire used to throw the stuntman around is clearly visible. Albeit through a bunch of flames. See more »

Quotes

Hoax: [crawling on the floor of the gym locker room] You think you're cool, because you're bigger, because you're stronger than me.
Hoax: [Spike spits on him] Oh... Come on, come on! Hit me! Just you wait. It's gonna' be different from now on. Someday soon, you're gonna' be down here, and I'm gonna' spit on you.
Spike: When hell freezes over, asshole.
Spike: [picks him up menacingly, then just pushes him away] Little shit! Get out of here!
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Crazy Credits

Mindy Seeger is credited in opening credits but not in the final cast. See more »

Alternate Versions

Video contains footage cut from theatrical version See more »

Connections

References The Return of the Living Dead (1985) See more »

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The Only Thing I Really Need
Written by Stephen C. Marston, Thomas Chase, and Steve Rucker
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The poor man's eighties horror film (the same poor man who spent all his money phoning up silly horoscope lines)
2 June 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Eighties horror tends to vary; it can be either trashy and great or trashy and trash, and unfortunately this film belongs more in the latter category. But that's not to say it's all bad! Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund directs a film about an outsider getting their revenge, in the style of films like Carrie and Evilspeak. The plot isn't very original, as we've got a rather common 'evil down the phone' theme, and it also features some kid getting possessed. In fact, it's not even a world away from A Nightmare on Elm Street, in which Englund made his name; but unfortunately, even some of the sequels to Craven's commercial hit are better than this film. The plot follows some kid who finds an advert for a 'horrorscope'. Naturally, he can't resist phoning it up, and neither can his younger cousin (it would have gone straight in the bin if I'd found it). Unfortunately, it turns out that whoever rings this number gets possessed by the devil and begins getting his revenge on all those who have wronged him. As you've probably guessed; brains aren't a major strongpoint here.

The relationship between the two cousins that the film centres on makes up its backbone, and it could have been good if Englund had spent a bit more time concentrating on it. Unsurprisingly, the kill scenes and gore seem to be Englund's main priority, and while I don't necessarily have a problem with this; the final third is pretty much entirely about the younger cousin's 'revenge', and it doesn't take long to get really boring. Before that, however, the film seems to be mimicking the USA's other popular genre in the eighties; teen comedy, and it's actually quite funny with it. It becomes rather annoying at the end when just about everything you've seen leading up to it amounts to nothing, though. The acting isn't too bad, with future gay porn star Stephen Geoffreys taking the lead role and convincing as a young kid despite actually being in his mid-twenties during filming. Patrick O'Bryan is his opposite number, and while it's not exactly a mystery as to why he hasn't made many films since, he puts in a decent performance overall. On the whole, this isn't a horror classic; and it's not really all that good either, but if you're into eighties horror; there's something here.


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