27 May 2024
Something Evil (1972)
74 min.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
With Sandy Dennis, Darren McGavin, Ralph Bellamy, Jeff Corey, Johnny Whitaker, John Rubinstein, David Knapp.
With their eyes on a life outside New York, advertising exec Paul Worden (McGavin) and his wife Marjorie (Dennis) move their family into a remote Pennsylvania country house.

But not long after settling in, son Stevie (Whitaker) begins experiencing feverish night sweats...Marjorie begins to hear muffled baby cries coming from the adjoining barn...two of Paul's co-workers are mysteriously killed in a freak auto accident nearby...

And what's the story on those pulsating jelly jars filled with red goo?

Could the Wordens' new dream farmhouse have some horrible spirit of its own?

While the ultratight Duel (1971) may be director Spielberg's strongest telefeature, Something is a supernatural TV gem that manages a subtle potency all its own.

Classy and superbly acted (the always unique Dennis does a great job of charting Marjorie's psychological breakdown), it really picks up speed with the expert Exorcist-like climax.

Mega rare, but well worth rediscovering.

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