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Something Evil (1972)

Something Evil





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A young Steven Spielberg helmed the made-for-TV Something Evil. Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair) is cast as Stevie Worden, an angelic child whose parents move into a foreboding Pennsylvania mansion. It isn't long before Stevie is possessed with the house's resident demonic spirit. In anticipation of The Exorcist and The Omen, the spirit within Stevie never lets anyone know when it's going to strike -- but everyone knows full well when it does. Spielberg evokes horror throughout by contrasting the most terrifying events with the plodding commonplace of day-to-day life. Something Evil was Spielberg's last TV-movie assignment.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Robert Clouse
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Sandy Dennis
as Marjorie Worden
Darren McGavin
as Paul Worden
Ralph Bellamy
as Harry Lincoln
Jeff Corey
as Gehrmann
Johnny Whitaker
as Stevie Worden
John Rubinstein
as Ernest Lincoln
Norman Bartold
as Mr. Hackett
Bella Bruck
as Mrs. Gehrmann
Lynn Cartwright
as Secretary
John "Red" Fox
as Sound Man
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One of Steven Spielberg's first attempts is nothing special.

Anthony Valletta

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Early Spielberg TV Movie about a family that moves into a house that is possessed by demons or something...and they begin to take hold of the mother and freak them all out. It isn't particularly good, and feels sort of like a test run for "Poltergeist" made a decade later and produced (and arguably directed) by Spielberg. Unlike "Poltergeist" it lacks the same level of budget, scares, style, and ideas. Only for those interested in the early works of Spielberg, but "Duel" is a far better example of Spielberg's early TV movie days.

Ken Scheck

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