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AVOID! – The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave

October 17, 2009

Welcome to the first edition of “AVOID!” In this column, we will warn you of the movies, music, games, etc. that you need to avoid. Seriously, flee for your life!

Today, we are looking at the 1971 horror flick, “The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave”.

Note: I found out afterward that I saw an edited version of this movie. Apparently I missed out on a big orgy scene. Somehow, I don’t think that this would have changed my opinion.


A heartwarming and tender tale of a man named Alan, devastated by the loss of his redhead wife, Evelyn. He is seeing a therapist but his advice is not helping him so he decides to try holding a seance in an attempt to contact his beloved. Oh yeah, he also has a compulsion to kill every redhead he comes in contact with. Anyway, the seance is a success. Alan sees her ghostly figure and the next day either forgets or chooses to ignore what happened. He meets another redhead (I think? It was hard to tell) soon after and decides to marry her but then the ghostly Evelyn starts showing up again.

Like most horror movies churned out in the 1970s, it is poorly lit, poorly shot, poorly edited, poorly dubbed, and poorly… well… everything. In one hilarious scene, a man sneaks up on another man and attacks him with a snake in order to paralyze him so that the killer can bury him alive. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit this but it is also the only movie I know of that can make a woman being punched in the face hilarious. There are also some truly bizarre moments such as a scene in which Alan hires three new maids and has them all dressed identically. Even down to the same giant, frizzy, blond wig.

As the title implies, Evelyn does eventually come out of the grave and her rotted, corpse-like visage is so hilarious that it completely obliterates any attempts at horror. Somehow it manages to scramble Alan’s fragile mind beyond repair. And then almost immediately, in a twist ripped off from so many other horror films, it is revealed to not be the corpse of Evelyn, but… Alan’s wife! Then comes a series of crosses and double crosses and triple crosses that utterly unravels any sense of logic. Seriously, I can’t even begin to describe them. Then, when you thought it couldn’t any more illogical, there’s yet another twist that just flushes logic down the toilet like a dead goldfish. Honestly, by the end, nothing at all about this movie makes any sense. Finally, it ends with an insanely hilarious bit of overacting in which a man appears to suffer a heart attack after being thrown into a pool. There’s nothing I can do to make that previous sentence make any more sense

This might just get my vote for “Movie That Makes The Least Sense Ever”.


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