976-EVIL (1989)

R | 93 mins | Horror | 24 March 1989

Director:

Robert Englund

Producer:

Lisa M. Hansen

Cinematographer:

Paul Elliott

Editor:

Stephen Myers

Production Designer:

David Brian Miller

Production Company:

Cinetel Films
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HISTORY

The following statement appears at the end of the credits: "Special thanks to: Wiltern Theatre, Joel Millner, Joe Rice, Wayne Rice."
       Actress Mindy Seeger was given an "also starring" credit in opening credits, but was not in the cast end credits. Todd E. Brown's onscreen credit was misspelled as 2nd. "Assitant" camera.
       According to a 15 Mar 1988 HR news item, 976-Evil was Robert Englund’s directorial debut.
       The 15 Mar 1988 HR stated the film would be released in Aug 1988, however, a news item in the 16 Mar 1989 HR reported the film would be released regionally 24 Mar 1989.
       One hundred and fifty tarantulas were used for the scene in which Suzie gets killed. However, the smoke used to give the scene atmosphere made the arachnids so lethargic that Englund and his crew were forced to blow air from straws on them to make them move.
       A 16 Mar 1989 HR news brief stated that New Line Cinema promoted the film by setting up a telephone daily “Horrorscope” with the phone number (900) ... More Less

The following statement appears at the end of the credits: "Special thanks to: Wiltern Theatre, Joel Millner, Joe Rice, Wayne Rice."
       Actress Mindy Seeger was given an "also starring" credit in opening credits, but was not in the cast end credits. Todd E. Brown's onscreen credit was misspelled as 2nd. "Assitant" camera.
       According to a 15 Mar 1988 HR news item, 976-Evil was Robert Englund’s directorial debut.
       The 15 Mar 1988 HR stated the film would be released in Aug 1988, however, a news item in the 16 Mar 1989 HR reported the film would be released regionally 24 Mar 1989.
       One hundred and fifty tarantulas were used for the scene in which Suzie gets killed. However, the smoke used to give the scene atmosphere made the arachnids so lethargic that Englund and his crew were forced to blow air from straws on them to make them move.
       A 16 Mar 1989 HR news brief stated that New Line Cinema promoted the film by setting up a telephone daily “Horrorscope” with the phone number (900) 909-Dare.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 1989
p. 4, 64.
Los Angeles Times
27 Mar 1989
p. 12.
New York Times
25 Mar 1989
p. 12.
Variety
29 Mar 1989
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
CineTel Films, Inc. presents
A Robert Englund Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2nd asst cam
Best boy elec
Best boy elec
Key grip
Key grip
Best boy grip
Best boy grip
Best boy grip
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit asst cam
2d unit gaffer
Still photog
Lab processing by
Cam equip by
Grip & lighting equip by
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Scenic artist
Storyboards
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
2d asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Key set dresser
On set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
1st asst prop
2d asst prop
Const coord
Const coord
Const foreman
Set const carpenter
Const asst
Const asst
Stand-by painter
COSTUMES
Ward asst
Ward asst
SOUND
Sd mixer
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
A. D. R. supv
A. D. R. asst, sd eff
A. D. R. asst, sd ef
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Stereo consultant
A. D. R. and foley rec at
A. D. R. mixer
Foley mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Addl spec eff
Addl spec eff
Addl spec eff
Titles and optical eff by
MAKEUP
Make-up eff created by
Make-up & hair supv
Make-up & hair asst
On set make-up application, spec eff make-up
Shop supv, spec eff make-up
Asst, spec eff make-up
Asst, spec eff make-up
Asst, spec eff make-up
Asst, spec eff make-up
Asst, spec eff make-up
Asst, spec eff make-up
Asst, spec eff make-up
Asst, spec eff make-up
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Mechanic
Mechanic
Prod consultant
Prod coord
Prod secy
Scr supv
Legal counsel
Legal counsel
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Prod van driver
Honey wagon driver
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Asst casting dir
Extra casting by
Extra casting by
Pub/promotions
Pub/Promotions
Craft services
Craft services
Catering by
Set security
Helmets courtesy of
Skateboards courtesy of
Poster of "Fright Night" courtesy of
Addl posters courtesy of
Addl posters courtesy of
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt double
Stunt double
John Doe stunt seq
John Doe stunt seq
John Doe stunt seq
SOURCES
SONGS
"I'm A Wild One," written by Steve Marston, Jill H. Roberts, Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker
"I Want You Tonight," written by Steve Marston, Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker
"The Only Thing I Really Need," written by Steve Marston, Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 March 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 24 March 1989
Copyright Claimant:
Horrorscope, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1988
Copyright Number:
PAu1158316
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ulta-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Leonard “Spike” Johnson is playing poker in the Diablo Theater’s projection booth with Marcus and his gang of teenage minions, when he runs out of money. Holding a strong hand, Spike bets his motorcycle and loses. Marcus gives him a day to find the money to buy back his bike. Spike returns to his apartment over his Aunt Lucy’s garage and receives a thank you note from his young cousin, "Hoax" Wilmet, via a pneumatic tube. Spike picks up a magazine and a flyer for “Horrorscope” falls out. On a lark, he calls the 976 telephone number and hears a pre-recorded voice from the “master,” who tells him his financial prize is only a short distance away if he is brave enough to claim it. Taking this as a sign, Spike sneaks into the main house and is caught by Aunt Lucy stealing money from a fishing trophy. She quotes scripture against stealing, but Spike insists the money is part of his inheritance. His guardian, Lucy, declares she controls his money and his life until he is eighteen. Refusing to give back the money, Spike runs outside. Lucy follows and is met by fish raining down from the sky. Lucy believes it is a sign that God wants Spike to repent. Back in his room, Spike redials the 976 number, which tells him he is now out of debt. The next day, Marty Palmer, a reporter from Modern Miracle Magazine, arrives to talk to Lucy about the fish. Meanwhile, Hoax Wilmet is at school getting ... +


Leonard “Spike” Johnson is playing poker in the Diablo Theater’s projection booth with Marcus and his gang of teenage minions, when he runs out of money. Holding a strong hand, Spike bets his motorcycle and loses. Marcus gives him a day to find the money to buy back his bike. Spike returns to his apartment over his Aunt Lucy’s garage and receives a thank you note from his young cousin, "Hoax" Wilmet, via a pneumatic tube. Spike picks up a magazine and a flyer for “Horrorscope” falls out. On a lark, he calls the 976 telephone number and hears a pre-recorded voice from the “master,” who tells him his financial prize is only a short distance away if he is brave enough to claim it. Taking this as a sign, Spike sneaks into the main house and is caught by Aunt Lucy stealing money from a fishing trophy. She quotes scripture against stealing, but Spike insists the money is part of his inheritance. His guardian, Lucy, declares she controls his money and his life until he is eighteen. Refusing to give back the money, Spike runs outside. Lucy follows and is met by fish raining down from the sky. Lucy believes it is a sign that God wants Spike to repent. Back in his room, Spike redials the 976 number, which tells him he is now out of debt. The next day, Marty Palmer, a reporter from Modern Miracle Magazine, arrives to talk to Lucy about the fish. Meanwhile, Hoax Wilmet is at school getting his head dunked in a toilet by Marcus and his boys. Spike enters the bathroom, pays off Marcus, then beats up the bullies. That night, Spike spots a pair of leather gloves in a motorcycle shop, but is unable to afford them. He walks outside and finds the “Horrorscope” flyer in his pocket. From a nearby telephone booth, he makes the call and hears “a real man takes what he deserves.” Spike goes back into the store, but decides not to steal the gloves. Outside, the telephone rings. Upon answering it, Spike is advised to look both ways before crossing the street. He hangs up, steps off the curb and, while he reaches for a cigarette, drops his change onto the road. As he bends over to pick it up, a white Mustang with no driver races toward him. Seconds before impact, Marty Palmer sprints across the street and knocks Spike out of the way. Marty tries to get Spike to talk about the falling fish, but he drives off to meet his girl friend, Suzie. They go to his place to make love. Hoax, who is watching them through a telescope, sends a thank you message to Spike via the pneumatic tube. As they leave, Suzie presents Spike with her panties as a souvenir. Hoax sneaks in and finds both Suzie’s underwear and the “Horrorscope” advertisement. When he telephones the flyer’s number, he is told to go to the theater to find the girl of his dreams. At the theater, Spike abandons Suzie to go upstairs and gamble with Marcus and his cronies. Feeling unappreciated, Suzie leaves and bumps into Hoax. They go to a nearby diner where, to Suzie’s surprise, she finds she is enjoying the nerd’s company. A spider falls on their table, but instead of killing it, Hoax takes it outside. Marcus and his gang appear, squish the spider, drag Hoax back inside and discover he has Suzie’s panties. She calls Hoax a pervert, then runs out of the diner. Humiliated, Hoax dials “Horrorscope” and hears he can get revenge on Suzie. Following the “master’s” instructions, he uses his poisonous pet spider as the main ingredient to concoct a spell. Meanwhile, Suzie arrives home and heats up a TV dinner. When she pulls back the foil, hundreds of deadly spiders appear and bite her. Hoax, realizing something is wrong, rushes to Suzie’s and finds her dead. When he gets back home, Lucy accuses him of calling a sex chat number and confiscates his telephone. The next day, Marty Palmer shows up at high school and meets with Angella Martinez, the school counselor. After identifying himself as a private investigator, he asks if he can speak to Spike. Overhearing them, Hoax rushes to warn Spike. He offers to handle Marty, but when Spike scoffs at the idea, Hoax brags about killing Suzie. In a rage, Spike hurls Hoax to the floor, whereupon Hoax swears that one day he will be the one on top looking down on Spike. “Only when hell freezes over,” Spike responds. Later, Marty hunts down the call center where 976-Evil is registered, but is told by the call center owner, Mark Dark, that the line was disconnected three months earlier. Back at school, Hoax feels ill and goes to the bathroom only to be accosted by two of Marcus’s bullies. Claws emerge from his fingertips and he slashes the boys’ faces, and orders them to inform everyone in school that he is never to be touched again. Hoax goes home, walks into the kitchen and retrieves his telephone. When Lucy demands he put it back, he tells her if she values her life she will leave him alone. That night, Marty breaks into the telephone center and enters the door marked “976-Evil.” Finding a dusty and unused automated calling system, he is about to go when he hears a call coming in from Hoax. The machine turns on and asks Hoax if he is ready to accept “the power.” Marty Palmer says,“Yes.” When the line goes dead, a nearby pay telephone rings. Marty answers it and hears a voice telling him he is too late before he is knocked to the floor by an electric jolt. Barely able to walk, he stumbles outside to a waiting Angella. Meanwhile, Hoax turns into a monster with fangs and scaly skin. He goes to the Diablo Theater to find Marcus, the two boys Hoax slashed earlier, and a third punk playing cards. Marcus orders the two wounded boys to take Hoax outside and beat him up. Moments later, Hoax returns holding their beating hearts. The third boy runs off leaving Marcus to defend himself. He pulls a knife, but Hoax slaps him across the room, then uses the knife to cut Marcus’s hand off, before chasing the third boy to the roof and impaling him onto the theater’s neon sign. Marcus hides in the bathroom, attempting to stanch his bleeding stump with toilet paper, but Hoax finds him and rips him apart. Afterward, Hoax returns home and kills Lucy seconds before Marty and Angella drive up outside. Marty climbs up some lattice work to look into the second floor window, but loses his grip when Hoax appears at the window. He falls to the ground, knocking himself unconscious. Angella enters the house to find it covered with ice. Following Hoax’s pleas for help, Angella enters Lucy’s room and discovers cats eating her body. Hoax appears and hurls Angella down the stairs. She jumps back on the stairs when the floor collapses into a bottomless abyss. Spike arrives. He and Marty rush inside, and almost fall into the pit. As Marty helps Angella, Spike takes out a pistol and shoots Hoax, but the bullet barely penetrates his scaly skin. Hoax slaps Spike to the ground, declaring that hell has frozen over. Marty and Angella run upstairs. Hoax waves his arms and the ground beneath them collapses into the pits of hell. Spike enters the room and talks about a cross country motorcycle trip he and Hoax planned to make. He promises they still can do it if Hoax can fight the devil, but when Spike realizes Hoax is gone forever, he pushes him out the window. The boy tumbles into hell, as Marty and Angella embrace. Back at the call center, Mark Dark eats a jelly donut when another 976-Evil call comes in. Laughing, he answers, telling the caller he has something special for him.

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