The Evictors (1979)

“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.” The Evictors is the sort of adequate horror film that keeps you reasonably entertained for 92 minutes but might very well fall just a little short of your expectations. That said, the film provides some great atmosphere, genuine scary moments and a solid cast that includes Jessica Harper, Michael Parks, Sue Ane Langdon and Vic Morrow. The setting is a small town in Louisiana in 1942. Sleazy real estate agent “Jake Rudd” (Morrow) sells a dilapidated farmhouse to young couple “Ben and Ruth Watkins” (Parks and Harper). Through a series of flashbacks, the sordid history of the eerie house is revealed. Strange events start to occur and a mysterious stalker attempts to aggressively drive the couple from the house. Of course, Ben has to go out of town on business frequently, leaving Ruth to fend for herself! In addition, there’s something creepy about the overly nice, wheelchair-bound neighbor “Ollie Gibson” (Langdon). Is the house truly cursed or could there possibly be another explanation for the mysterious occurrences? The Evictors was directed by Charles B. Pierce, best known for the documentary-style films The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976). The Evictors was one of the last films released by American International Pictures.

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