''976-EVIL'' is a 1988 {{horror}} {{film}} directed by Creator/RobertEnglund.

Spike (the bad boy) and Hoax (the introverted nerd) are cousins who live with Hoaxís overly religious mother. They stumble across a mysterious premium-line phone number, 976-EVIL, which appears at first to be just a fun novelty hotline that offers creepy fortunes to those who call, but they soon discover that itís a direct line to hell--literally. Spike loses interest, but Hoax uses the powers the number gives him to exact revenge against everyone who has wronged him, inavertantly allowing his soul to be slowly taken over by Satan. Spike must race to stem the tide of destruction Hoax is perpetrating, hoping like hell that he can save his cousinís soul.

!!Tropes associated with ''976-EVIL'':

* AstralProjection: In ''976-EVIL II'', the BigBad uses his OnePhoneCall and receives this power from the evil phone line to keep running loose.
* TheEndOrIsIt: ''II'' ends with a shot of a ringing phone, a sinister reminder that the evil phone line still exists.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: ''II'' shows what ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' with zombies might be.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Hoax uses the powers granted by the phone line to get back at everyone whoís wronged him.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The 976 exchange is no longer used for pay-per-call phone numbers, having been superceeded by the 900 area code since this movie was released.
* TitleByNumber
* TrappedInTVLand: One character in ''II'' dies when she is caught inside television between two channels showing ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' and ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', and zombified little girl from the former stabs her.