|Directed by:||Robert Englund|
|Written by:||Brian Helgeland; Rhet Topham|
|Produced by:||Paul Hertzberg; Lisa M. Hansen|
|Music by:||Thomas Chase; Steve Rucker|
|Edited by:||Stephen R. Myers|
|Distributed by:||Cinetel Films|
|Released:||December 9th, 1988|
|Running time:||92 min.|
976-Evil is an American independent horror film that deals with subjects of demonology, Satanism, and the occult. It was directed by Robert Englund with a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland and Rhet Topham. The movie was produced by Cinetel Films and Horrorscope Productions, and distributed theatrically through New Line Cinema. It was first screened in London, England on December 9th, 1988. It premiered in the United States on March 24th, 1989.
Cast[edit | edit source]
|Sandy Dennis||Aunt Lucy|
|Paul Willson||Mister Michaels|
|Greg Collins||Mister Selby|
|Joanna Keyes||Suzie's mother|
|Jon Slade||John Doe|
|Demetre Phillips||Sergeant Bell|
|Wendy Cooke||Gang girl|
|Larry Turk||Operator #1|
|Cynthia Szigeti||Female operator|
|Nay Dorsey||Paramedic #1|
|Jim Landis||Paramedic #2|
|Ed Corbett||Santa Claus|
|Quigley||Aunt Lucy's parrot|
|Robert Picardo||Mark Dark|
Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The tagline for this film is "Now, horror has a brand new number".
- 976-Evil (1988) redirects to this page. The title of this movie is often stylized as 976-EVIL, which also redirects to this page.
- This movie is alternatively known as Dial the Devil.
- There are thirty credited cast members in this film; 29 humans and 1 parrot.
- An extended cut of the film, which was released to home video in VHS format features and extra thirteen minutes of footage that was not in the theatrical release.
- 976-Evil received grossed $2,955,917 in the box office in the United States.
- The 976 prefix was a telephone exchange number, which has since become defunct.
- This movie marks the directorial debut of Robert Englund.
- A sequel film, 976-Evil II, was produced and released direct-to-video in 1991. The movie was directed by Jim Wynorski of Chopping Mall fame.
- This is Brian Helgeland's second film work as a writer, and his second work in the horror genre.
What Else Have They Done?[edit | edit source]
- Director Robert Englund is best known for his work in front of the camera. He played the iconic role of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series, as well as on the Freddy's Nightmares horror anthology TV series.
- Screenwriter Brian Helgeland is also known for writing the story treatment for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, which stars Robert Englund. That film was released four months before this one.
- Screenwriter Rhet Topham is also known for writing the 1986 rock 'n roll horror movie Trick or Treat, featuring Ozzy Osbourne.
- Lead actor Stephen Geoffreys is best known for playing the character of "Evil" Ed Thompson in the 1985 horror/comedy Fright Night. After shooting this movie, he then went on to appear in a string of hardcore gay porn films. People gotta make a living, right?
- In the horror genre, actor Robert Picardo is best known for playing werewolf serial killer Eddie Quist in The Howling. He will later go on to play the Emergency Medical Hologram on the science fiction TV series Star Trek: Voyager.
- Cinematographer Paul Elliott was also the director of photography on Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
- Actress Lezlie Deane also played a character named Tarcy in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare in 1989. She also played Sue Kaller in the "Cabin Fever" episode of Freddy's Nightmares.
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