THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE EVICTORS (1979)


1979’s The Evictors is #82 on the endless Weber Movie Countdown. This is an odd little film with a bit of a cult following. It’s 1942 and Michael Parks (who we just lost) & Jessica Harper are a young couple who buy a quaint Louisiana farmhouse from realtor Vic Morrow (who has almost nothing to do here and seems to be wearing the same blue suit for the whole pic). But strange things are happening – bricks are thrown through their window, threatening notes are left in the ma...ilbox and a mysterious stranger with blood on his mind breaks in and sends Harper screaming to the neighbors’ house. It seems that there’s some sort of curse on the house and previous owners have wound up dead over the years. Funny, that little fact never was brought up at the closing! Solid period detail and good actors (Sue Ane Langdon is good as a wheelchair-bound happy-go-lucky neighbor who knows more than she’s letting on) help this film a great deal. For a horror/exploitation film, it takes a bit to get to the point, but I didn’t mind the journey. Great to watch Parks and Harper together, two actors I’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the years. There are not one but two twist endings – the second one made me scratch my head a bit. Directed by Charles B. Pierce, who also directed the less quirky and underrated The Town that Dreaded Sundown a couple of years earlier, The Evictors is certainly different.

TLA one-word review: uneasy