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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 tarantulas, slashed the face of a teen tough with his newly-sprouted talons, and gutted several of his tormentors. Only a well-meaning journalist and a sexy schoolmarm can stop the now-demonic Hoax before he sends the whole neighborhood straight to Hell. Granted, the screenplay is rather confused and slow-moving, but Geoffreys and Dennis are great, the effects work by Kevin Yagher is skillful, and this is one of the few teen-horror films with characters that are actually interesting. Look for Robert Picardo (The Howling) in a fun cameo as the diabolical Mark Darke. After a brief stint as a teen star, Geoffreys went on to appear in gay porn films as "Sam Ritter."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


Sandy Dennis
as Aunt Lucy
Jim Metzler
as Marty Palmer
Maria Rubell
as Angella Martinez
Robert Picardo
as Mark Dark
J.J. Cohen
as Marcus
Paul Wilson
as Mr. Michaels
Greg Collins
as Mr. Selby
Joanna Keyes
as Suzie's Mother
Joe Slade
as John Doe
Don Bajema
as Deputy
Wendy J. Cooke
as Gang Girl
Thom McFadden
as Minister
Cynthia Szigeti
as Female Operator
Jim Landis
as Paramedic #2
Ed Corbett
as Santa Claus
Paul Willson
as Mr. Michaels
Tom McFadden
as Minister
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Critic Reviews for 976-EVIL

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

The film really did not make any sense at all, random deaths and campy characters seemed more clumsy than scary. Robert Englund proved that he should stay far away from directing.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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