Little Evil

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From writer/director Eli Craig (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil); Adam Scott (Big Little Lies, Parks & Rec) and Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man, Lost) star in this offbeat comedy about love, family, and the Antichrist. Gary has just married the love of his life, Samantha, and is now the stepfather to her quirky 5 year old son, Lucas (Owen Atlas). But he soon finds himself in increasingly odd situations around the child, which drives him to believe his new stepson may actually be the spawn of Satan.

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Cast

Clancy Brown
as REverend Gospel
Sally Field
as Miss Shaylock
Tyler Labine
as Karl C. Miller
Kim Evans
as Girl Talking to Officer
Hank Harris
as Gabriel
Sasha Craig
as Waterpark Mom
Shannon Marie Watts
as Birthday Party Parent
Debbie Scaletta
as School Office Worker
Jami Kinton
as Ms. Deeter
David Gragg
as Water Park Parent
Roger Conners
as Cult Member
Christopher Mele
as Waterpark Dad
Bryan Geary
as Marathon Runner
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  • Nov 03, 2018
    Oddly enough, the greatest strength in this horror-comedy really isn't the horror or the comedy, it's the heart of the thing. It's ultimately a story about a step-parents acceptance into a new family, both him accepting of the child and the child accepting him. It just so happens that the child in this instance in the antichrist. That relationship as it develops is actually pretty heartwarming, not one you see a lot, and I'll be damned if they don't handle it in a wildly original way. I liked Adam Scott as the stepdad, and I liked his crew of stepdad support group. However, the rest of the movie just doesn't work as well as it should. As built up as the jokes are, none of them quite land. There's a lot of chuckles, but no big laughs. It also has some weird pacing issues, especially near the third act. I actually though the movie was prepping to end on a cliffhanger only to realize that it was actually just getting started for a surprise twist and there was actually about 20 minutes left. I still give it a marginally positive rating because it is still an overall surprisingly charming movie. It's surprisingly likable, and wildly original, and it's got a good heart. It just comes way short of it's ultimate potential
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2018
    Not to be confused with the Schmoes Know documentary of the same name, Little Evil is essentially an Omen parody. The movie is a let down in pretty much every way, but the biggest disappointment of all is knowing that this is somehow from the same guy that brought us Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2017
    'Little Evil' is a seldom gut-bustingly funny horror-comedy which winks at Richard Donner's demon-seed masterpiece 'The Omen' (with the Tubular-Bells-esque, apocalyptic score heralding the Antichrist's dominion over Earth) but it bungles the burlesque execution. Eli Craig (of 'Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil') is a Kapellmeister at an idyllic surface over the arterial-spray terror. At one point, Craig flagrantly regurgitates the smash-cut structure of Edgar Wright. Lucas (Owen Atlas) is a doppelganger for Damien as well but Craig doesn't spoof diacritical scenes (other than the birthday soiree carnage with a self-immolating clown). As the office nuisance Al, Bridget Everett is truly excruciating. In a florid Hawaiian shirt and with an androgynous attitude about the step-parent role, Everett is assaultively unfunny to real estate agent Gary Bloom (Adam Scott) and the viewer's ear canals with the surfer tautology of "man". Ultimately though, 'Little Evil' is uprooted by a one-joke conceit in which all of Lucas' goat-puppet ventriloquism and other diablerie are faintly ratiocinated by a deadpan Scott. However, it is undeniably uproarious when Scott postulates that hair gel is why Lucas is frozen during his wedding day tornado. Sadly, much of the raillery about Satanism is monomaniacal to the mean-spirited, misogynistic extent where Gary's ravishing wife, Samantha (Evangeline Lilly), is a blathering ignoramus (a conversation about Lucas' conception at a cult ceremony with "warm red pain").
    Cory T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2017
    This had a lot of potential but it only delivers when the cast of characters play off each other. Adam Scott is the driving force here and he gives another solid performance in the lead role. The concept is the weakest link, they setup an interesting idea but the execution is an otherwise lack in direction. The humour is the play on a tired genre and these funny moments are the key for holding the film together. The stepfathers group is the best idea of the film and they never exploit this even though it clearly gains the biggest laughs, not sure they didn't build an extra 20 minutes into the film. Not one of best films on Netflix but it does pass the time. 06-09-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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