The Info List - Something Evil

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Something Evil is a 1972 horror television film starring Sandy Dennis, Darren McGavin and Ralph Bellamy. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the screenplay was written by Robert Clouse.


1 Synopsis 2 Cast 3 Filming locations 4 Production 5 Reception 6 Song 7 References 8 External links

Synopsis[edit] A married couple with two young children move into a Pennsylvania farmhouse that turns out to be inhabited by demons. Darren McGavin portrays the TV producer husband, while Sandy Dennis plays his artist wife. Popular child star Johnny Whitaker co-stars as their oldest child, who becomes possessed and begins to torment his family and their friends. When the mother begins to sense that something may be wrong with her son, her husband and friends think she is going insane. Cast[edit]

Sandy Dennis as Marjorie Worden Darren McGavin as Paul Worden Ralph Bellamy as Harry Lincoln Jeff Corey as Gehrmann Johnny Whitaker as Stevie Worden John Rubinstein as Ernest Lincoln David Knapp as John Laurie Hagen as Beth Herb Armstrong as Schiller Margaret Avery as Irene Norman Bartold as Mr. Hackett Sheila Bartold as Mrs. Hackett Lois Battle as Mrs. Faraday Bella Bruck as Mrs. Gehrmann Lynn Cartwright as Secretary

Filming locations[edit]

Golden Oak Ranch, Newhall, California Studio City, Los Angeles, California

Production[edit] Spielberg created Something Evil immediately after his television movie Duel (1971), and it aired in January 1972. As a horror film, it is unique in Spielberg's filmography, and bears resemblances to the movie Rosemary's Baby (1968), and to the book The Exorcist (1971) and its subsequent 1973 film adaptation.[1] Reception[edit] While the majority of critics have dismissed Something Evil, Neil Sinyard wrote of the film: "Spielberg's direction is nothing short of magnificent. There are splendid montages as mother [Sandy Dennis] paints and creates models and mobiles that will eventually be significant in resisting the evil spells; dazzling dissolves and sinister camera placement for stealthy, apprehensive entrances into fearful places; and [...] a Hitchcockian sense of the moment to throw away explanatory dialogue (the explanation for the house's past) when it is less interesting than the mystery and menace."[2] Song[edit] The movie features the "Apple Bar Candy Song" by Charlie Marie Gordon. It appears in the film performed by Laurie Hagen for a commercial Darren McGavin's character is filming. The song has been spoofed several times.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ Awalt, Steven. Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. pp. 190–191. ^ Sinyard, Neil. The Films of Steven Spielberg. Bison Books, 1986. p. 17

External links[edit]

Something Evil on IMDb

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Filmography Awards and nominations

Films directed

Firelight (1964) Slipstream (1967) Amblin' (1968) Night Gallery ("Eyes" segment, 1969) L.A. 2017 (1971) Duel (1971) Something Evil (1972) Savage (1973) The Sugarland Express (1974, also wrote) Jaws (1975) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, also wrote) 1941 (1979) Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Twilight Zone: The Movie ("Kick the Can" segment, 1983) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) The Color Purple (1985) Empire of the Sun (1987) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Always (1989) Hook (1991) Jurassic Park (1993) Schindler's List (1993) The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) Amistad (1997) Saving Private Ryan (1998) A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001, also wrote) Minority Report (2002) Catch Me If You Can (2002) The Terminal (2004) War of the Worlds (2005) Munich (2005) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) The Adventures of Tintin (2011) War Horse (2011) Lincoln (2012) Bridge of Spies (2015) The BFG (2016) The Post (2017) Ready Player One (2018)

Films written

Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1973) Poltergeist (1982, also produced) The Goonies (1985)

Films produced

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Flags of Our Fathers (2006) Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Super 8 (2011) The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)


Amazing Stories (1985–87) High Incident (1996–97) Invasion America (1998)

See also

Steven Spielberg bibliography Amblin Partners

Amblin Entertainment Amblin Television

DreamWorks Television

Amblimation DreamWorks

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