976-Evil

  • 1989
  • 1 HR 33 MIN
  • R

976-EVIL marks the directorial debut of Robert Englund, better known as Freddy Krueger, the blood-lusting dream killer of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series. Regrettably, all that Englund manages to deliver here is 93 tedious minutes of uninspired storytelling, a horror film without horror or suspense. Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys), a classic wimp, lives with...read more

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976-EVIL marks the directorial debut of Robert Englund, better known as Freddy Krueger, the blood-lusting dream killer of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series. Regrettably, all that Englund manages to deliver here is 93 tedious minutes of uninspired storytelling, a horror film without horror

or suspense. Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys), a classic wimp, lives with his fanatically religious mother (Sandy Dennis) and his slick cousin Spike (Patrick O'Bryan). Late one evening, Spike phones his "horrorscope," dialing the title number. What he hears is a brooding voice that instructs him on how to

handle difficult situations that are surprisingly like those in which he is involved. Soon afterwards, Hoax finds a flier advertising the number, dials it himself, and begins acting on the advice of his horrorscope, eventually becoming addicted to the deadly recordings. Rambling on for 45 minutes

then coasting toward a climax that is neither exciting nor inventive, 976-EVIL generates little in the way of suspense. Not until the last reel are we introduced to the full power of the supernatural phoneline, and by that time we are too bored to care.

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