The Evil Reviews

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TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
July 21, 2012
Fine low-budget haunted house film, The Evil is surprisingly good with telling a creepy tale of ghosts. Effectively well directed by Gus Trikonis, this is a film that works well due to its unique twist on the traditional haunted house film. It uses the same formula, but it has enough originality to make it different and fun for the viewer. As far as low-budget horror films are concerned, this one is quite impressive. I enjoy haunted house films; I've always loved the idea behind such films. This is a film that shows its age, but works nonetheless because of its atmosphere, good cast and effective directing. This is one of the lost gems of the genre. Fans of haunted house films should definitely check this one out. The film navigates similar ground that previous genre films have, but it also provides something different. The lack of any true back story of what happened in the house to make it really evil is a good thing, something that leaves you interpret and guess what really happened. Sure, there's an explanation, but a mediocre explanation at that, almost silly. However that's what makes this film good and watchable. As far as haunted houses are concerned, you may want to visit this one, it has all the elements necessary to chill you and provide you with effective entertainment. As a horror film, this one succeeds very well, even if it's not that scary, it relies on tone and atmosphere, which is an integral part of making a horror film work. The Evil is a must see for fans of the genre.
FilmFanatik
Super Reviewer
October 26, 2011
I really don't know how to describe this film at all. I will admit to how terribly put together and how incredibly schlocky it is, but damn is it ever enjoyable. It is definitely not boring, that's for sure. Characters makes bad decisions, continuity is all over the place and the story itself makes little to no sense. I spent half the time watching it screaming "LOOK OUT RICHARD CRENNA!" - much to the amusement of my girlfriend. I can't say I'd recommend it to everybody but definitely pick it up if you're in the mood for an unintentionally funny horror film.
½ February 8, 2011
A fairly watchable haunted house tale, but also somewhat forgettable as a whole. I enjoyed some of the kills, but isn't going to be essential viewing for anyone.

Middle of the road rental.
April 8, 2015
Not enough to hold my interest.
November 3, 2014
Doesn't put a foot wrong, there were a few great low budget horror movies made in the USA in the mid 70s and this is one of them. An obvious influence for The Evil Dead - The Evil (aka House Of Evil) is well worth a go.
½ July 5, 2012
While the whole movie is competent and delivers an adequate amount of low caliber chills, the off-the-wall climax is it what makes the film truly memorable.
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