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Little Evil (2017)

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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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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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All Critics (6)

Rarely (if ever) as hilarious as its premise...

September 23, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Offbeat comic-horror tale with cursing and violence.

September 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Little Evil conjures up a charming, frequently funny family horror comedy, even if its gut busting premise never reaches full potential.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's immensely enjoyable at times, restoring faith in Craig and his growing reputation for chipper chillers.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

'Little Evil' combines comedy and horror in a clever offering with plenty of chuckles and scary sights for fans of both genres.

September 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The unabashed affection on display for genre cinema is cute, and if you meet the movie on its own terms there is fun to be had.

September 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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'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 Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

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 Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer

Silly, but watchable.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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