976-EVIL (1989)


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This underrated teen-revenge horror film starring Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night) was the directorial debut of Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Geoffreys plays Hoax, a picked-on nerd who lives with his religious-nut mother Lucy (the marvelous Sandy Dennis). One day Hoax calls a 976-line for a "Horrorscope," and the demonic voice at the other end starts giving him wicked advice. Before long, he has killed his brother's girlfriend with … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Rhet Topham, Brian Helgeland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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as Angella Martinez

as Mark Dark

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as Mr. Michaels

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as Female Operator

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Critic Reviews for 976-EVIL

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Like an extended EC Comic segment.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Cinema Crazed

...a hopelessly obnoxious piece of work...

Full Review… | January 22, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Englund's attempt at directing fails miserably.

May 6, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for 976-EVIL

Robert Englund's 976-Evil is a terrible horror film. The film is one of those horror films that had the potential of being a good horror outing, unfortunately the film is bland, ineffective and boring. The horror elements in this film are poorly conceived, and really doesn't do anything to thrill. 976-Evil had the potential of being a great film, unfortunately despite the fact that this film was directed by Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) this film is a total misfire. This film could have been an outstanding effort, but it proves that sometimes not even veteran horror actors can direct an effective horror flick, and there better off in front of the camera than behind it. 976-Evil is a poorly constructed horror film that though had an interesting idea, just doesn't deliver. Despite the fact that this film was directed by a horror icon, it doesn't make it worth watching, in fact it's a total waste of time and it's not a memorable horror film by any means. If the script would have been revised, maybe the film could have been good, unfortunately like I previously stated, the film misses the mark, and its content feels strained with its potential being wasted within the first twenty minutes. However if you like cheesy horror flicks, 976-Evil the perfect viewing. The film has nothing to offer fans of more serious horror outings, and you'll probably walk out of this one feeling disappointed. Overall a terrible film with a badly executed plot, bad cast and bad directing.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

There is some good stuff floating around in this movie, but it's just too mediocre to be considered a classic. With Robert Englund at the directing helm and starring Stephen Geofferys, it had some potential, but it just falls flat in the end. I'd still like to see the uncut laserdisc version make a DVD release someday. Perhaps it will be slightly more enjoyable. Who knows?

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

This is the reason why Robert Englund should stick to acting and not directing. The story, which is more or less "Carrie" all over again, is a complete mess and far too jokey to deliver any scares.

Dr Blood  

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