Sunday, October 14, 2012

976-EVIL (1988)

976-EVIL (USA, 1988) - Color, Director(s): Robert Englund
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 92 min.

Z-rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars for entertaining '80s schlock

Cheese Factor: 3 out of 5 stars filled with signature '80s cheese

Yes, you read that right. This movie is directed by Robert Englund, better known to most people as Freddy Krueger. What's more, this movie stars "Evil" Ed from the original Fright Night!!! How can you go wrong with this winning combination? The movie starts out interestingly enough, a mysterious person is seemingly haunted by ringing phones. Looks like he's trying to get away from them but reluctantly takes a call in a phone booth. After he steps in and answers the phone, KABOOM!!! The phone booth inexplicable explodes and you see his limp, burning body carried away by the force of the explosion. We've got the beginning to Englund's first time in the director's chair.

Back in the days when hotlines were popular, a kid gets hooked on a horror hotline that gives him his "Horror-scope" - a prediction for the day's events. This movie was made back when hotlines were everywhere. There were Nintendo hotlines where you could get tips on how to beat your games, phone sex hotlines for adults, and even wrestling hotlines where you could get your news and info on what's happening backstage!!! Well, this must've been the anti-hotline movie because I've never known phones to just explode when you answer them. That's pretty crazy. Anyway, the movie follows Evil Ed as he's beaten up by school bullies and rescued by his older cousin who he really admires. While that's happening, he's also calling the hotline for advice every chance he gets. As he gets more jealous of his cooler older cousin, he's becoming more and more possessed by the evil in the telephone until one day he wakes up and he's got claws! I guess you just have to watch it for it to make sense. I guess this was scarier back in the day when it more relevant... maybe they should remake this one and update it for the new generation.

Nudity: There's a bit when the older cousin is having sex with some chick but not much else.

Gore: Some gore but not as much as some slashers.

Awesome: Very. Lots of fun, '80s film. Outrageous in all the best ways. I wish they would remake this with people who understand the kind of humor.