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Friday, June 18, 2010

A Name For Evil (1973)

What is evil's name?  Perhaps it's bad script writing?  Or wasting the talents of a perfectly good actor?  Or labeling a film as horror that is terrifying for all the wrong reasons?  You decide.  A Name For Evil is a movie that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be.  It starts out as a melodrama where a married couple slowly sucks the life out of each other.  Then, about 22 minutes into the film, it tries to be a supernatural thriller.  Finally it evolves into a weird acid trip that can be best described as soft core hippie porn.  Maybe it made sense in 1973 but I just don't get it. [Penthouse is the production company which ought to tell the viewer something!]
Veteran actor Robert Culp tries his best to rescue this film with his enthusiastic performance.  The rest of the actors are solid as well.  Furthermore, the cinematography is quite good and the sets are effective in setting the stage for the story.  However, none of these elements can transcend the horrible screenplay.  There are a few moments of good filmmaking here but far too many WTF transitions.  Horror fans will find A Name for Evil very disappointing.  However, fans of vintage porn might think it's Citizen Kane.  Proceed with caution.
I obtained a copy of this film in a cheap DVD horror collection.  Thankfully, it's not available to view legally online.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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