Evil Spirits (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Evil Spirits (1990)

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An interesting bit of casting enlivens this psycho-thriller set in a California boarding house run by eccentric Karen Black with a rogue's gallery of bizarre tenants and more dark secrets than the Bates Motel. Tenants have a habit of disappearing rather abruptly from this particular residence -- but not without first signing over their Social Security checks to the landlady, netting her a tidy fortune. This leads to the inevitable visit from a federal agent (Arte Johnson), who begins an investigation into Black's shady affairs, and uncovers the true identity of the killer. Despite presenting Black as a blatant red herring from the outset, the filmmakers manage to provide a few interesting twists, though they eventually stray a bit too deeply into Psycho turf. A cast full of familiar faces (including Virginia Mayo, Martine Beswick and Michael Berryman) tends to counterbalance the occasional moments of sleaziness, but there is little originality to distinguish the film from standard slasher fare.

Cast

Bert Remsen
as John Wilson
Debra Lamb
as Tina, Dancer
Anthony Eisley
as Detective
Hoke Howell
as Mailman
Dori Courtney
as Bank Teller
Larry Biedes
as Mr. Stevens
Otto Meuksch
as Party Guest
Erna Meuksch
as Party Guest
Bill Eucker
as Party Guest
Murray Bolen
as Party Guest
Frances Bolen
as Party Guest
Tom Casper
as Party Guest
Melinda Seichet
as Party Guest
Sandra Scott
as Party Guest
Connie Minyard
as Party Guest
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