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    Unloved foster child and cheerleader Dixie Ann Dikes (Lisa Gaye) gets abducted, raped and thrown from a moving vehicle after a date -and as a result gets put into a home for girls until she turns eighteen. Upon her release, Dixie moves to the big city and rooms with another alumni, Linda (Lynn Bernet), who's boss is sure Dixie has what it takes to become the next Miss America. Things start to happen fast after she's crowned Miss Colorado and gets swept off her feet by smooth-talking Chuck Logan (William Campbell). Dixie elopes despite pageant rules but is unaware Chuck is an escaped convict who robs a liquor store on their honeymoon. When he's arrested for kidnapping and the marriage comes to light, scandal erupts and Dixie spirals down into a seedy world of strip clubs, attempted suicide, armed robbery, a court trial, and imprisonment -all before she turns twenty-one.

    The on screen narrator, syndicated columnist Earl Wilson, promises NIGHT OF EVIL is a true story "culled from newspaper accounts and court transcripts" but by downplaying the lurid, the film actually becomes a sensation-less cautionary tale for teens. Lisa Gaye, more talented than her more beautiful older sister, Debra Paget, actually elicits audience sympathy as a young girl whose trials and tribulations are really no fault of her own. The movie's title is pure exploitation and doesn't actually occur in a movie that's sold as "Truth ...shocking and naked! A beautiful girl ...and the men who twisted her dreams into a ...Night Of Evil!" William Campbell's first wife was actress Susan Morrow's sister, Judith Campbell Exner, President Kennedy's mistress. He was also the first actor to sing with Elvis Presley in the film LOVE ME TENDER (1956) also starring Debra Paget.

    At the end of the day, NIGHT OF EVIL is a mildly interesting and, strangely enough, thought-provoking second feature marketed for a different kind of crowd that's sure to be disappointed.

    I'm sure it was movies like this that spawned expert exploitation showman John Waters' FEMALE TROUBLE (1974).
  • When this movie debuted, it must have caused a few eyebrows to raise. After all, early on in the movie a high school girl is kidnapped and raped by her classmates. While it IS handled very tastefully and discretely, this was hot stuff for the time. Sadly, after she is found on the side of the road by the police, her foster parents refuse to allow her home...as if SHE was somehow at fault. So, she's sent to live at a girls school. The film then cuts to her release. Dixie (Lisa Gaye) is vulnerable and some sleazebags realize it and take advantage of her. Eventually, you see he becoming a stripper and even ends up marrying a guy who's an armed robber and kidnapper!! By the end of the film, she's at the end of her ropes. Such a sad end for a nice girl who just didn't get any breaks.

    Probably the most interesting aspect of this film to some will be seeing William Campbell (of "Star Trek" fame) playing a sleazy boyfriend of Dixie in the picture. He's very charming and sweet...and a rat down deep! Other than this, the film isn't bad...but it's not at all good, either. Sort of a super-cheap rags to riches to rags morality tale.
  • I will not tell the film, as most do here on IMDb, writing a review does not mean relating the action of the film in your own words, I have written this several times, writing a review means expressing a critical opinion about the film, that's all. So, this "Night of Evil" it's a mediocre production about the drama of a young woman played honorably by Lisa Gaye. The rest of the cast is OK. The story is trivial and very predictable. I also saw Lisa Gaye in "Face of Terror" (1962), a much better film than this one, she was a very good actress, who deserved to act on much better screenplays. And to be directed by first-rate directors.