It seems you can't think of the 1970s and Drive-In movies without Charles B. Pierce coming up. And he deserves the thought -- after all, he gave us 'The Legend of Boggy Creek', one of the best-remembered mockumentaries of that decade. And here he is again with 'The Evictors', a movie supposedly based on true events. Whether the events are really true or not makes no difference. The movie works either way. Basically, Michael Parks (in a really good, understated performance) and the lovely Jessica Harper move into a house with all sorts of awful history in its past. As the couple gets settled in, they discover that someone doesn't want them in the house. And as Jessica Harper asks her neighbors and new friends about the house, she is treated to all sorts of awful stories about former occupants getting killed in all sorts of awful ways. It seems the same person (a huge guy with overalls and a field hat) has been making sure the house always stays "evicted." And he sure isn't going to let this new couple spoil that plan. -- In Hollywood's hands, this material could have been as boring as 'The Amityville Horror' or any number of faceless, generic slasher movies at that time. But Charles Pierce works outside the box and delivers a really frightening and suspenseful movie. This is not a slasher movie with some lunking, indestructible monster in a mask running around killing teenagers. It isn't supernatural either. It's a movie about unstable people and the house they aim to protect (heh heh heh). The movie takes place in the 1940s, and the look is authentic, as are the extras who clearly aren't actors, but folks from Louisiana who add believability to their roles. Each time a new horror story about the house's past is told, the movie delivers the scenes in a sepia/black and white tone which adds a nice touch overall. Michael Parks especially puts in good time here and is really good. So is Jessica Harper as his wife. The only miscast seems to be Vic Morrow who just seems to contemporary for this 1940s movie. He's not bad ... he's just out of place. -- For those who have grown up on slashers and supernatural movies with tons of special effects, you might find this movie quaint in its pacing and its execution. It is a movie that builds to a climax rather than just popping things out at us every ten minutes. In a way, it's a kind of innocent movie. No gore, no graphic nudity, and no language. That makes this movie sound harmless. It isn't. It really is scary and it really does make you sit at the edge of your seat. It just doesn't do it with teenagers, masked killers or state of the art special effects. 'The Evictors' is a "genuinely made" movie. Now ... if it would only come out on DVD.