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976-Evil II (1991)

A seemingly harmless telephone service endows an evil teacher with powers from beyond the grave

Director:

Jim Wynorski

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Erik Greenberg Anjou (as Erik Anjou), Rick Glassman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debbie James Debbie James ... Robin
René Assa René Assa ... Mr. Grubeck
Patrick O'Bryan ... Spike (as Pat O'Bryan)
Philip McKeon ... Taylor (as Phil McKeon)
Leslie Ryan ... Paula
Rod McCary ... Dr. Jamison
Paul Coufos ... Stone
Karen Mayo-Chandler Karen Mayo-Chandler ... Laurie
George 'Buck' Flower ... Turrell (as Buck Flower)
Sigal Diamant ... Barmaid
Joy Ballard Joy Ballard ... Stripper
Yavone Evans Yavone Evans ... Reporter
Eric Anjou Eric Anjou ... Detective
Angela Gordon Angela Gordon ... Cashier
Christopher Garr ... Skeech
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A seemingly harmless telephone service endows an evil teacher with powers from beyond the grave

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1992 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

976-EVIL 2: The Astral Factor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Wynorski has admitted in an interview that while he does prefer to do sequels to bad movies so that he has a better chance of making a better film (Deathstalker 2 for instance), he does make exception to this film which he doesn't care for personally. See more »

Goofs

When Lawlor is being abducted by the ghost Grubeck, it is very obvious that a person in a black ski mask and black clothes is driving the car. See more »

Quotes

Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy! Every time you hear a bell, a zombie takes a soul to hell.
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Daft but tasty supernatural slasher junk
18 September 2010 | by BloodwankSee all my reviews

I remember watching this one some time back and I can't say as it really struck me, but since it appeared on one side of a double header along with Home Sweet Home, I was happy to see it again. I've never seen the original and it'll likely be some time before I do since it was cut in the UK (sadly where I live) and even in the US the DVD release is apparently missing footage from the original release. 976 Evil 2 goes for a supernatural slasher vibe, we have a school principal by the name of Stefan Grubek granted dark powers by the nefarious 976 line and its "horrorscopes". Locked up on suspicions of murder, he uses the power of astral projection to exit the confines of his cell and avenge himself on those who sent him down, as well as tormenting the pretty policemans daughter that is our heroine. Director Jim Wynorski gets things off to a storming start, tits and a taut chase scene ending in inspired, verging on operatic murder. Its an Italian style flourish and very nearly brilliant, if the grue were upped just a couple of degrees it surely would be. Still a memorable opening that gets the film off on just the right footing. It stays there too, with a bustling pace and exciting chain of events, though the film often traverses cheesy territory, there's real gusto and commitment to it, we get evil chat on the telephone, a decaying and delightfully hammy villain, supernatural slaying and one whoop making sequence of a possessed kitchen going on the offensive. Rene Assa wigs out in fine fashion as Grubek, oozing arrogant malevolence he is quite splendidly hissable, while on the side of the angels Patrick O'Bryan returns from the original and does perfectly well going through typical "cool guy with leather jacket and motorcycle" motions, Debbie James is a perfectly cute heroine and we get a pleasingly barmy little cameo from Brigitte Nielsen. Regrettably the film doesn't move up through the exploitation gears after its splendid opening, we get no more nudity and it's a shame, though as I recall Wynorski always had a thing for falsies so it might not be such a bad thing that he doesn't indulge here. More unfortunately, there ain't much gore here, and a couple of the killings are off screen too. Sure, Grubeks increasingly grody visage makes up a little for this, but still I would have liked a little more blood in this party. Also the ending is a bit weak and the final moments don't really come off. Still, for the most part this is a kinda neat little film, worth a watch for fans of cheesy late 80's supernatural horror trash.


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