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Cinematography  Paul Elliott
Director  Robert Englund
5/10 IMDb

Directed by  Robert Englund
Initial release  9 December 1988 (London)
Film series  976-EVIL Film Series
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Produced by  Lisa M. Hansen Paul Hertzberg
Written by  Rhet Topham Brian Helgeland
Starring  Stephen Geoffreys Jim Metzler Maria Rubell Pat O'Bryan Sandy Dennis
Music by  Thomas Chase Steve Rucker
Screenplay  Brian Helgeland, Rhet Topham
Music director  Stephen Rucker, Thomas Chase
Cast  Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O'Bryan, Sandy Dennis, Jim Metzler, Lezlie Deane
Similar  Robert Englund movies, Sandy Dennis movies, Horror movies

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976-EVIL is a 1988 horror film directed by Robert Englund, and co-written by Brian Helgeland.

Contents

The film's title refers to the 976 telephone exchange, a now mostly defunct premium-rate telephone number system that was popular in the late 1980s, but has since been superseded by area code 900.

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Plot

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The movie centers around cousins Spike (Patrick O'Bryan) and Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys), both teenagers who live with Hoax's overtly religious mother Lucy (Sandy Dennis). While Spike is the neighborhood motorcycle bad boy, Hoax is an introverted nerd. Even though Spike genuinely cares for his cousin and protects him from bullies, Hoax is filled with resentment that he cannot stand up for himself or get the girl he wants (both of which Spike does effortlessly).

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Both boys stumble upon 976-EVIL, which on the surface is just a novelty phone line that gives creepy-themed fortunes for a few dollars. However, the line is actually used by Satan to subtly corrupt mortals into his bidding. Spike loses interest in the line quickly, but Hoax soon discovers the true nature of the line and uses it to get revenge on everyone who has wronged him.

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Soon Hoax's spirit is almost entirely consumed by Satan, who possesses Hoax to cause death and destruction, culminating in an opening to Hell appearing before their house. Spike confronts Hoax, but is quickly overpowered. In a desperate last ploy, he calls earnestly to his cousin, reminding him of the plans they had to take a vacation that summer.

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Hoax's fleeting soul resurfaces briefly, and realizes his horrible mistake and embraces Spike, begging for help. Spike, realizing Hoax is lost and cannot be separated from the demonic presence, betrays his cousin and throws him into the pit of Hell.

Release

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The film was released theatrically in the United States by New Line Cinema in March 1989. It grossed $2,955,917 at the box office.

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The film was released on home video by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video the same year. VHS, and laserdisc versions of the film are uncut and contain footage previously unseen in its original theatrical release.

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The film was released on DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 2002. The DVD version as well as the Crackle version are the theatrical cut.

Critical reception

976-EVIL received a negative critical reception and currently has an approval rating of 9% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 reviews. The Washington Post wrote "From start to finish, 976-EVIL is a sorry, wrong number." Allmovie however defended the film, calling it "underrated".

Sequel

A direct-to-video sequel, entitled 976-EVIL II: The Astral Factor, was released in 1992, featuring Spike (Patrick O'Bryan).

Pop culture

Alternative metal band Deftones has a song on their album Diamond Eyes named after the film.

References

976-EVIL Wikipedia


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