Something Evil

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Something Evil
Something Evil.jpg
Written by Robert Clouse
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Sandy Dennis
Darren McGavin
Ralph Bellamy
Theme music composer Wladimir Selinsky
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Alan Jay Factor
Cinematography Bill Butler
Editor(s) Allan Jacobs
Running time 73 min.
Release
Original network CBS
Original release January 21, 1972

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

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]

Filming locations[edit]

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]

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

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