976 Evil (1988)

Front Cover No Back Cover Directed By:
Robert Englund

Written By:
Robert Englund
Plot:
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 ." — Robert Firsching
Cast:
Stephen GeoffreysHoax
Patrick O'BryanSpike
Jim MetzlerMarty Palmer
Maria RubellAngella Martinez
Sandy DennisAunt Lucy
Jim ThiebaudRags
Gunther JensenAirhead
Darren E. BurrowsJeff
Robert PicardoMark Dark
Christopher MetasCashier
Ratio(s):
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Format: VHS
Region: PAL
Studio(s):
New Line Cinema
Runtime: 102 mins
Country: UK
MPAA: Standard 1.33:1 Color
My Rating OUt of 10: 5