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976-Evil (1989)

Stephen Geoffreys , Patrick O'Bryan , Robert Englund  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O'Bryan, Sandy Dennis, Jim Metzler, María Rubell
  • Directors: Robert Englund
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland, Rhet Topham
  • Producers: Lisa M. Hansen, Paul Hertzberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000694WL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "976-Evil" on IMDb

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Director Robert "Freddy Krueger" England dials up a contemporary gothic tale of high-tech horror in976-EVIL. Highschool underdog Hoax Wilmoth (Stephen Geoffreys, Fright Night), fills up the idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the local leather-jacketed thugs, avoiding his overbearing, religious fanatic mother (Sandy Dennis) and dreaming of a date with trailer park temptress Suzie(Lezie Deane). But his quietly desperate life takes a terrifying turn when his cousin, Spike, introduces him to an unusual new hobby - phoning in for his Horrorscope. Because instead of the slightly kinky astrological predictions he's expecting, Hoax is hooked-up with a compellingly hideous demonicforce that slowly begins to overtake his entire life. Now there's more than just a phone bill to pay for anyone and everyone who ever dared cross "the neighborhood nerd".

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DON'T CALL US WE'LL CALL YOU October 4, 2005
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Given a boost from the delightfully manic performance of Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night), 976-EVIL is a tidy little thriller served up by screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Mystic River) and director Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund. Geoffreys plays a nerdish teenager who gets picked on all the time, a la Carrie White. He finds a vengeance via a telephone service called 976-EVIL which gives him satanic powers to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him. While there are some weaknesses in the plot (just who is Jim Metzler anyway, who comes on the scene as some kind of private investigator, but without any previous indication as to his involvement in the plot), 976-EVIL has some chilling moments and Geoffreys (who left mainstream movies to make soft porn flicks) is effectively cast. Sandy Dennis also makes an impression as his somewhat eccentric mama.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Transfer And Scenes Missing!! April 23, 2008
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This DVD is well below the decent quality standard mark. Short scenes and shots are missing or have been omitted for some strange reason and the aspect ratio is completely incorrect. I hope someday someone fix these problems with a correct re-release. The version I'm reviewing is the Sony Pictures release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please Hold. August 10, 2010
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Nerdy kid in town (Stephen Geoffreys of "Fright Night") gets revenge on everyone who ever wronged him when he hooks up with Satan, via horror hot-line "976-EVIL." Directed by Robert Englund of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" fame, the film is obviously very low budget but not completely without charm. As an actor turned director, Englund obviously cares about his characters first and foremost, and in turn, his film gives them ample time to breathe. Also, the man obviously paid attention during his tenure as Freddy, as his film takes many visual cues from the "Elm Street" series and tries its best to rise above its meager budget. There's also an underlying sense of humor (again, a byproduct of being Krueger) that helps make the whole easier to swallow.

A shame, though, that aside from some decent characters and solid cinematography from Paul Elliott which attempts to establish a foreboding mood, the film barely has enough juice to reach its lame conclusion. While the first half sets our characters up nicely, the second more or less tears down any progress made by dispatching of decent characters too quickly and wrapping things up in what feels like a very rushed and hap-hazard sort of way. The film's main weakness is in its script which stretches its premise far too thin and requires its audience to fill in the blanks a few too many times. Also, the gore and make-up effects from the usually consistent Kevin Yagher are surprisingly substandard and, at times, laughable. What should be an undeniably enjoyable 80's cheese-fest is instead a frustrating and uneven dud that could have and should have been much more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "If you value your life, I'd suggest you leave me alone." December 12, 2006
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Directed by Robert `Freddy Krueger' Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Phantom of the Opera), 976-EVIL (1989)...interestingly enough I once dated a woman who had the same phone number...stars Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night, At Close Range) as a nebbish mama's boy who becomes entangled with satanic forces through a 976 phone number after becoming weary of suffering the torments of his nerdly existence. Also appearing is Patrick O'Bryan (No Holds Barred), Oscar winner Sandy Dennis (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Lezlie Deane (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare), J.J. Cohen (Secret Admirer), Robert Picardo ("Star Trek: Voyager"), and Jim Metzler (River's Edge).

Stephen Geoffreys plays an annoying, smarmy, little doofus (i.e. his standard role) named Hoax Arthur Wilmoth, a high school student who lives with his mother Lucy (Dennis), a holier than thou, pestering, overbearing, unpleasant woman whose home is full of cats, religious icons, and furniture wrapped in plastic. Living in the apartment above the garage is Spike (O'Bryan), Hoax's cousin and part time student/professional juvenile delinquent, and, subsequently, Hoax's idol. After losing the pink slip to his motorcycle during a poker game with some other greasy delinquents, Spike comes across a magazine insert featuring a 976 phone number, one that give you your `horrorscope', whatever the heck that is...anyway, Spike calls, and soon his fortunes change, but he has sort of a falling out with his skeevy girlfriend named Suzie (Deane).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it January 9, 2013
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i have always liked this movie since the first time i seen it.....to me its a classic and an original
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad...but still good for a laugh. July 21, 2010
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I wanted to get this because of Stephen Geoffrey's from Fright Night, and because it's directed by Robert Englund.
Seems like it would be a great combination but it's not.
First of all, many people seem to think this movie is a continuation of The Evil character from Fright Night, it is not.
It has nothing to do with that character!!
It's basically about this complete reject kid who decides to start calling a hotline for advice, turns all crazy/evil, and finally gets revenge on the people who treated him like crap.
Lots of random parts, many what the F**k moments, and fish falling from the sky at one point.
I'm still glad I watched it though, it's good for a laugh if you're into the old school 80's horror flicks. Still, not something I would buy again if I had to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great revenge movie
This is the kind of movie made specifically to satisfy anyone that's been bullied in their lives!
For most people calling 976-EVIL will give them a specific... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DVD Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars "I guess no one's interested in the Underworld anymore, ya know? Just...
976-evil is 1989 B horror fare from Mr. Freddy Kruger Robert Englund himself, his directorial debut infact. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin J. Loria
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror at it's best...
Such a classic film here. One of a kind story. I remember it being one of my favorites growing up. The setting was very real in comparison to how things were at the time of it's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonas Snell
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome film
The movie came like brand new and the movie was amazing I love it and I recommend this movie to any horror movie fan
Published 6 months ago by sebastian death perez
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a movie you probably don't know about.
Directed by Robert englund,of nightmare on elm street fame.Just a classic in it's on right,Story of a nerd tired of being bullied resorts to dark powers to extract his revenge on... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars 976-Evil
I first saw this film in 1989. I enjoyed it immensely then, and I do now. That having been said, I now watch it with a more jaded eye. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DarrelR.
3.0 out of 5 stars 976-Evil
I love this film, Lezlie Deane, JJ Cohen & Stephen Geoffreys are incredible in this as well as Patrick O'Bryan, unfortunately not many have thought so and so this is a bare bones... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eric C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!
this came to my hose fast. I have missed this movie I grow up with this one ,and watching it took me back. It was here in 2 days. . Great I love it...
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Published 16 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars A grim, dark and humorous film... I loved it!
I will keep this review short and sweet. This film has some good humor to keep you entertained, great "evil" scenes that will amuse you, and a dark atmosphere that lures you into... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Deathworship
3.0 out of 5 stars "What's up...............Chuck?"
I was hoping for something more visceral, instead, I ended up watching a tepid revenge flick chock-full of horror clichés (the least of which was a crazy religious mother). Read more
Published 22 months ago by Einsatz
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