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1988 film directed by Robert Englund.

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Mr. Englund should stick to playing Freddy Krueger.

  • Aug 20, 2009
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976-EVIL is a bad movie that came out during the eighties horror movie explosion. This was also Robert Englund's first attempt at making a movie. He took a topical theme and tried to add a horror spin to it. But all you got was a badly directed and acted film with a creepy villain trying to be a second rate Freddy Krueger (i.e. spouting off very bad one liners) and mugging for the camera.

A no good rascal (Spike) who lives with a strange aunt her nerdy kid is extremely bored. Besides spending his time riding around like a rebel without a clue and keeping his cousin Hoax (Stephen  Geofferys) from being eaten alive at high school,. Spike has nothing to look forward to in life and that dosen't bother him. One day he comes across and ad for a 976 number. The phone number promises it could "help" him with his problems and what not. He tries it but is spooked by the voice at the other end. But someone very close to him has a use for the number. Who can that be?

Overall a very bad movie. Maybe if they had a better scriptwriter and director, if might have succeeded. Sadly it fails as a horror film and as a black comedy. Although the first film was bad, the sequel was actually entertaining. My advice to you is to avoid part one and skip ahead to the sequel.

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August 20, 2009
oh, c'mon. this movie isn't that bad. To think, the Crappening (and just about any other movie by M. Night Shamylan (sp?), are much lower than this movie.. I kinda like(d) this one, though it's sequel is bad.
September 03, 2009
Yeah, I've seem a lot worse too. I enjoyed Stephen Geofferys' quirkiness. I wish he'd had a longer career. Shyamalan never worked for me. Talk about a one trick pony. THE SIXTH SENSE wasn't that bad but once you've figured out in the first 10 minutes that he's dead, what's left? I liked UNBREAKABLE a bit more than most people too, because I just assumed from the beginning that he was a superhero,
 
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review by . October 15, 2011
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WONDERFULLY HORRIBLE
      976-EVIL      This is such a wonderfully entertaining and wonderfully 80's flick that I have to watch it every October. Directed by the great Robert Englund and written by Brian Helgeland this has always been a fav of mine. Ever since it has been released it has been a stable on late night showings especially during October. I remember this coming on all the time late at night in the 90's on USA.      The film follows two …
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2011
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This is such a wonderfully entertaining and wonderfully 80's flick that I have to watch it every October. Directed by the great Robert Englund and written by Brian Helgeland this has always been a fav of mine. Ever since it has been released it has been a stable on late night showings especially during October. I remember this coming on all the time late at night in the 90's on USA.
review by . October 22, 2009
Directed by Freddy Kruger, 976-EVIL, mildly entertaining though it is, hinges on a profound misunderstanding of irony.      Spike, who may or may not have flunked out of school, and whom I may or may not find strangely attractive, lives with his loser cousin Hoax and his crazy fundamentalist Aunt*. Oddly, Spike is not the main character, though we spend a lot of time getting to know him. Rather, it is Hoax, of whom we learn very little.      Yes, the main …
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Robert Englund's directorial debut.

Was edited to receive an R-rating.

Followed by the sequel 976-EVIL II.

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Director: Robert Englund
Genre: Horror
Release Date: December 9, 1988
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
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