Synopsis:People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.
976-EVIL (1988) is an American low budget comedy horror movie that is 105 minutes and was filmed in Los Angeles, California, USA. Robert Englund (Freddy vs. Jason (2003), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)) did a fabulous job directing his first movie. The film contains brief nudity, sexual content, violence, gore, great cinematography, okay characters, weak screenplay, bad language, minor frightening scenes, shocking ending and minor comedy. The movie received a five because it was a great watch but is something that I will not watch again. My expectations were high after the first few minutes, and I was excited because the movie was great. I felt my expectations dropping as well as my mood because the film was terrific in the first act and the characters were introduced with enough information about them. The second half of the movie fell miserably short and appeared as though everything was being rushed, maybe time was the issue. The third act of the movie was okay with a twist and surprise ending. The makeup is not good or bad, just average and the gore was okay and sometimes not believable.
976-EVIL revolves Spike (Patrick O’Bryan - 976-Evil II (1991), No Holds Barred (1989), Relentless (1989)) who is a motorcycle bad boy and his cousin Hoax, who is a nerd. Spike and Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys - Fright Night (1985), Fraternity Vacation (1985), Moon 44 (1990)) lives with Hoax’s mother, Lucy. Lucy (Sandy Dennis - Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Guiding Light (1952), Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), The Out of Towners (1970)) is extremely religious. Spike takes care of his cousin by protecting him from bullies and other things, but Hoax is still insecure because he does not have the confidence to ask out the girl he likes and cannot stand up for himself. The boys discover 976-EVIL phone line that you pay a few dollars and receive a creepy fortune. The boys are unaware that Satan uses the line to make humans do wrong things creating chaos. Hoax discovers that he can use the line to get revenge on everyone that did wrong to him. It did not take long for Satan to possess Hoax creating death and destruction everywhere as well as a portal to Hell in front of their house. What happens next is for you to discover, but I was shocked at the outcome as I am used to seeing different outcomes than what occurred in this movie.
I am happy that I gave this movie a chance because Robert Englund did a great directing his first film. He tried directing movies three more times and decided to stick to acting because it is where he shines in the movie industry. The actors did an okay job with their roles, and the sets were good. The special effects were also average as well as the music. Robert Englund fans should give this movie a try to see what our Freddy Krueger guy can do as a director.
About 976-EVIL (1988)
Original Title: Dial the Devil, Horrorscope
Runtime: 92 minutes
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Total Avg. Votes: 13
Writers: Brian Helgeland, Rhet Topham
Director: Robert Englund