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Something Evil (1972)





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In this made-for-TV movie, Johnnie Whittaker plays an angelic child whose parents move into a foreboding Pennsylvania mansion. It isn't long before Whittaker is possessed with a demonic spirit. The spirit within Whittaker never lets anyone know when it's going to strike -- but everyone knows when it does strike.
Horror , Kids & Family , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Herb Armstrong
as Schiller
Norman Bartold
as Mr. Hackett
Bella Bruck
as Mrs. Gehrmann
Lynn Cartwright
as Secretary
John "Red" Fox
as Sound Man
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Audience Reviews for Something Evil

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
Ken Scheck

A pretty darned creepy made for TV movie directed by Stephen Spielberg in 1971. Darren McGavin is a solid presence and the head of the family who gives in to young wife Sandy Dennis' desire to buy a country home. This places him at a considerable distance during the work day and leaves her and their son, Johnny Whitaker (Jody from Family Affair), at the mercy of ... the neighbors? ... their imaginations? ... something else? Spielberg at this point is already a master of suspense and audience manipulation.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

Only interesting to Spielberg completists. There are some creepy moments and the ending is pretty cool. Overall though, its pretty dull. I'd still love to see a real release of this film sometime though, I really want to hear what Spielberg has to say about it.

Matt Kendrick
Matt Kendrick

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