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From the director of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN comes another tale of small town terror!
Dont bother to lock your doors… nothing can keep them out!
It all began years ago, when the decedents of the original owners fought a bloody battle to prevent foreclosure on the property. They were never seen again, but their oath that no one would ever live in their house had led to a startling chain of events. Years later, the Watkins (Michael Parks, Tusk and Jessica Harper, Suspiria, Phantom Of The Paradise) discover the first brutal murders. In a panic, they buy firearms to protect themselves: but nothing seems to keep out the vengeful spirits. Now, a new family wants the farmhouse. This chilling film also features the great Vic Morrow (Humanoids From The Deep, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry).
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Released in 1979, in between the supernatural craze (THE EXORCIST, CARRIE, et al) and the Slasher Boom kicked off with FRIDAY THE 13th, THE EVICTORS has a lot going for it. Leading lady Jessica Harper has the look of a 1940s actress organically, without looking too stylized or “made-up” for the part. The hair and costumes and sets are not “overdone” so it does not remove the viewer from the film and one easily buys into the setting and period. The director adopts a less-is-more approach that works wonderfully so there is no gore here. It actually makes the film play more like an actual product of the 1940s than the ‘70s.
There are sepia-toned flashbacks that get progressively more gruesome which explain the tragic histories of a series of former tenants who lived in the house now occupied by Jessica and hard-working hubby Michael Parks. The opening flashback to 1928 contains clues to the climax of the film if you’re paying attention and while I had a clue as to what was happening about the half-way mark, it didn’t hamper my enjoyment of the film.
The Bluray quality is bright with vibrant colors though I did notice a couple of blemishes and white spots on the print at various times. If you like more thoughtful, sedate thrillers such as THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED, BURNT OFFERINGS or YOU’LL LIKE MY MOTHER, you will enjoy THE EVICTORS.