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1988 film directed by Robert Englund.

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WONDERFULLY HORRIBLE

  • Oct 15, 2011
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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 cousins who are very much different. One [Spike (Patrick O'Bryan) is the cool, loner type bad boy kid and the other Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys) is the kid that gets picked on at school. Hoax obviously wants to be like his cousin and wants to hang out with him all the time. In doing so Hoax comes across a phone number his cousin had that he tries out. Turns out this phone call helps him out a lot as the voice on the other side tells him what to do to make his troubles go away. The more he uses this number the better things get for him at first. He starts to turn into something he is not, a demon of some sorts, and that voice on the other end of the phone, the devil.

Directed by horror icon Robert Englund this movie is everything you loved about 80's horror. It has a crazy but cool concept that if ever true would really be scary, along with a big name horror icon attached [Englund]. Along with all of those you get cheesy acting and lines and just a really fun time. I still even to this day love this flick because it just reminds me of simpler times. Times when a movie was made for fun, and not to have some serious message. Don't get me wrong those films can be good to but sometimes you just want to shut the brain off.

Remembered mostly as Mr. Englund's directorial debut and for good reason since he is a big name I still think there was something even more memorable here. That of course was the crazy performance by Stephen Geoffreys who shines here. He gets to obviously have fun with the role and just let loose as he is wonderfully over the top here. Kinda reminds me of his performance in "Fright Night" but even crazier. Now this is not for everybody and I am sure some reading this hate this flick. That is fine you have your own tastes and opinions and that is cool. I love these crazy flicks and the only complaint I have I have is where oh where is a commentary from Robert Englund for this movie? Oh and one more thing, have you seen the sequel?

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October 15, 2011
LOL! I dunno, man, I don't think I ever finished watching this yet....I have to take another look. Nice one.
October 15, 2011
I can't help it man, love this.
 
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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 …
review by . August 20, 2009
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. …
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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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Movies, Horror, Horror Movies, Direcotrs, Robert Englunds

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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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