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The Evictors (1979)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 18 April 1979 (USA)
A young couple, just married, rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look upon them with distrust. Meanwhile, in the house ... See full summary »

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Charles B. Pierce
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Morrow ... Jake Rudd
Michael Parks ... Ben Watkins
Jessica Harper ... Ruth Watkins
Sue Ane Langdon ... Olie Gibson
Dennis Fimple ... Mr. Bumford
Bill Thurman ... Preacher Higgins
Jimmy Clem ... Mr. Buckner
Harry Thomasson Harry Thomasson ... Mr. Wheeler
Twyla Taylor Twyla Taylor ... Mrs. Bumford
Mary Branch Mary Branch ... Mrs. Mullins
John H. Meyer John H. Meyer ... Mr. Mullins (as John Meyer)
John Milam John Milam ... Mr. Rhinehart
Roxanne Harter Roxanne Harter ... Mrs. Rhinehart
Foster Litton Foster Litton ... Sheriff
Owen Guthrie Owen Guthrie ... G-Man
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A young couple, just married, rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look upon them with distrust. Meanwhile, in the house they rented, were happening strange things from the past... Written by Volker Boehm

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It was a small Louisiana town where people live and love and die and no one ever thought of locking their doors... except in the Monroe house.


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An entertaining suspense thriller
12 June 2013 | by ersinkdotcomSee all my reviews

"The Evictors" takes place in a rural Louisiana town in 1942 and is also based on a true story. A young couple from New Orleans move into their dream house in the woods of Louisiana. The home seems ideal for a wife to fix up while the husband is out working his new job. The previous owners are still attached to the house and will do anything they have to in order to get it back for themselves. The new owners begin to fear for their lives as a mysterious stranger stalks and violently threatens them.

I've found a new favorite director in Charles B. Pierce. He is the perfect example of a filmmaker who doesn't need to lean on graphic imagery and gore to get a viewer's blood pumping. He is a believer in the "less is more" school of thought and it works perfectly for him. Pierce slowly builds tension and then lets it explode on you at the last minute. You know something dreadful is coming but are still creeped out about it when it finally arrives.

Although "The Evictors" isn't a completely true story, all you have to do is a little investigating to know there's still quite a bit of validity in what happens on screen. I think that's what makes the film even more frightening. The thought that real people went through these ordeals in some form or another.

I also found it interesting that besides some bad language, "The Evictors" was rather clean for this type of movie. There wasn't any nudity to be seen. I was wondering why this was until I read that director Pierce was a Baptist.


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18 April 1979 (USA) See more »

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Jonesville, Texas, USA See more »

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