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The Evil / Twice Dead (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)

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Psychologist C.J. Arnold (Richard Crenna) and his wife Caroline (Joanna Pettet) buy a dilapidated historical mansion with a dark past in hopes of restoring the estate and making it a drug rehabilitation clinic with the help of some of his students and current patients. When he opens a secret door in the basement of the house, Arnold inadvertently releases a malevolent presence in Gus Trikonis The Evil. Yowsers! Also starring Victor Buono, Andrew Prine and Cassie Yates.

A family moves into a mansion in a crime-infested urban neighborhood, but the ghost of an actor who died in the mansion is not the only thing they need to watch out for: there is also a punk street gang roaming the area looking for trouble. Tom Bresnahan (Ski School), Jill Whitlow (Night Of The Creeps) and Todd Bridges (Diff rent Strokes) star in the haunted-house thriller Twice Dead. You will be twice as scared as usual.

Special Features

  • Trailers for Kingdom of the Spiders, Death Race 2000, The Terror Within, and Not Of This Earth
  • A commentary track for The Evil with the director, Gus Trikonis; the screenwriter Donald Thompson; and the director of photography, Mario Di Leo
  • A commentary track for Twice Dead with co-writer and director Bert Dragin and lead actor Tom Bresnahan
  • The Girl Next Door...with Jill Whitlow featurette

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Richard Crenna, Tom Bresnahan, Todd Bridges
    • Directors: Gus Trikonis
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Shout! Factory
    • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
    • Run Time: 174 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B003THSXJG
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Evil / Twice Dead (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)" on IMDb

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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By glenn zocchi on August 22, 2010
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    The Evil is that rarest of b movies completely watchable over and over . The cast of Joanna Pettit Andrew Prine and the hot cheerleader from animal house raise the bar slightly in this trapped in a haunted house story . The true genius of this film is that it reflects a bygone time when films like this were made on a shoestring and distributed independently . I like most who love this film saw it on the old HBO before true blood and sopranos when it came on at 5pm . This effective chiller cuts off a group trying to start a drug rehab facility in an old and obviously haunted conservatory . Demons jump from dark corners ,handsaws take on alife of there own and one by one the house ( and something far more sinister in the basement) take on more permanent guests . The performance of Richard Crenna rivals the ham and pomp of Vincent Price . Mr Crenna turns it up full volume and although you might think it strange he finds a way to make this all work . If you havent seen this movie but love films like lets scare jessica to death or superstition this movie is a must have . Simply put if you love b horror movies heres one of the best!!!!!!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scotchridge on November 4, 2012
    I bought this for The Evil, a scary haunted house movie that is unique, well-written, well-acted, and for the era and budget, really impressive. I first saw The Evil on a pay cable movie channel in the 80's after it was first released and never forgot about it due to it being a truly scary movie. After watching it on a VHS tape several times over the years, I was excited to see it's release on DVD. The DVD itself was disappointing in a few ways. Foremost for me was the terrible commentary that is provided for the DVD version of the The Evil. I love a good commentary, but they are hard to find and you wont find one here. After learning that it was shot in 30 days for $700,000.00 the Director and his head camara operator have nothing left to say for the rest of the movie. "I don't remember" is the most common comment on the commentary when the moderator asks them questions about the movie. It was a movie made quickly over 30 years ago and obviously was just another job to them so I understand why they don't remember anything interesting about making the movie, but why bother with a commentary with nothing to say? Very disappointing. The transfer of The Evil is rough, or to put it another way, still has lots of the scratches on the film showing its age and wear, so it was not cleaned up so you would notice. This doesn't bother me so much as it has an authentic feel to it, like listening to an old record album, but it may bother some. There is a short feature on Roger Corman's movies which isn't bad for being so short, and you get the "coming attractions" with the cool music and swirling lights that we watched before movies in the 70's and Quinten Tarantino paid tribute to by putting it at the beginning of 'Kill Bill.Read more ›
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    7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on October 19, 2010
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    Well, here we now have a haunted house themed double feature from the Roger Corman collection.
    Both films are fun to watch, but certainly aren't great and won't be something I need to watch on a regular basis.
    The first film, The Evil, has Richard "You don't seem to want to accept the fact you're dealing with an expert in guerrilla warfare, with a man who's the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who's been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. In Vietnam his job was to dispose of enemy personnel. To kill! Period! Win by attrition. Well Rambo was the best" Crenna as a doctor who buys a creepy old house(with a history of course) along with his wife, in order to set up a drug rehabilitation clinic. Some buddies drop by to help out with the gutting and cleaning of the house-one of them Andrew Prine-but during the renovation, Crenna unleashes The Evil from the basement. "The Evil" being Satan himself. The Evil puts the house in supernatural lockdown, and proceeds to kill off the "guests" in ghostly hocus pocus-y ways. Crenna must now come to grips with what he really believes if he wants to battle The Evil.
    Not a bad film, the supernatural shenanigans are fun-Andrew Prine saws off half of his hand and there are two shocking scenes of electrocution as well. Worth a viewing.
    Next is Twice Dead, which is kind of like Casper the Friendly Ghost with an attitude.
    Jill Whitlow(from Night of the Creeps) and her family move into a house haunted by the ghost of an actor who'd committed suicide years before.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bartok Kinski on October 24, 2013
    These are really fun movies. It's a good example of just how entertaining a low budget movie can be.

    This is celebrated B movie entertainment. Simple plots, plenty of gore; feature secluded evil old mansions, and all the other elements that make these movies simple and entertaining Cult Classics. Although these aren't movies for everyone, most horror fans will appreciate them.

    The Evil aka "House of Evil" (1978) is a haunted house horror thriller concerning a group who encounter a demon, and release an ancient evil in a castle-like house.

    Twice Dead (1988) has a family moving into a haunted mansion, and winds up being haunted by and helped by the ghost in their battle against an 80's street punk gang.

    You should definitely check these out if you're a fan of horror, Cult Classics, and especially if you're a B movie fan.
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