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The Evictors (1979)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 18 April 1979 (USA)
A young couple, just married, rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look upon them with distrust. Meanwhile, in the house ... See full summary »

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Charles B. Pierce
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Morrow ... Jake Rudd
Michael Parks ... Ben Watkins
Jessica Harper ... Ruth Watkins
Sue Ane Langdon ... Olie Gibson
Dennis Fimple ... Mr. Bumford
Bill Thurman ... Preacher Higgins
Jimmy Clem ... Mr. Buckner
Harry Thomasson Harry Thomasson ... Mr. Wheeler
Twyla Taylor Twyla Taylor ... Mrs. Bumford
Mary Branch Mary Branch ... Mrs. Mullins
John H. Meyer John H. Meyer ... Mr. Mullins (as John Meyer)
John Milam John Milam ... Mr. Rhinehart
Roxanne Harter Roxanne Harter ... Mrs. Rhinehart
Foster Litton Foster Litton ... Sheriff
Owen Guthrie Owen Guthrie ... G-Man
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A young couple, just married, rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look upon them with distrust. Meanwhile, in the house they rented, were happening strange things from the past... Written by Volker Boehm

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It was a small Louisiana town where people live and love and die and no one ever thought of locking their doors... except in the Monroe house.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yön painajainen See more »

Filming Locations:

Jonesville, Texas, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (prologue)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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While filming in the Shreveport LA area, the Louisiana State Police assigned TFC James Pierrelee to assist with traffic for several days. See more »

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Minor but enjoyable little thriller.
11 June 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Keep your expectations low and you might have some fun with this movie from director Charles B. Pierce, which, like his earlier "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", is a period thriller based on a true story. It doesn't add up to much when it's all over, but it's well made and has some good moments. It's really the cast that helps to maintain viewer interest as it plays out with a rather deliberate pace.

Michael Parks and the lovely Jessica Harper play Ben and Ruth Watkins, a couple who move into a house in a small Louisiana town in 1942. It seems, however, that realtor Jake Rudd (Vic Morrow) hasn't been forthcoming with them about some details. The house has a violent history: all people who previously tried to move into the house came to bad ends. And before long Ruth begins to be menaced by a glowering redneck who shows up, usually at night, with a big sharp knife.

Pierce gives this movie some semblance of style, especially the flashbacks - set in 1928, 1934, and 1939 - which are shot in a sepia tone. The scare scenes that occur really aren't that scary, but Harper is just so watchable that she makes up for any lack of suspense. She and Parks make for a very likable couple, and they're well supported by Morrow and the great Sue Ane Langdon as cheery neighbour Olie Gibson. Familiar character actors Dennis Fimple and Bill Thurman can be seen in small roles.

As in "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", the period recreation is nicely done, and the score by Jaime Mendoza-Nava adds a lot to the atmosphere.

Ultimately, there's really nothing here that's surprising, but "The Evictors" is still passably engrossing, and it does offer up a fairly interesting ending.

One of the final few films for the legendary American International Pictures.

Seven out of 10.


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