‘Evil see. Evil do.’
Let’s Be Evil is a 2016 British science fiction horror film directed by Martin Owen (L.A. Slasher) from a screenplay co-written with Elizabeth Morris and Jonathan Willis.
IFC Midnight distributed the film in the US via video on demand from August 5, 2016. It was screened in London in late August at the Horror Channel FrightFest.
Elizabeth Morris, Kara Tointon, Elliot James Langridge, Isabelle Allen.
Three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control…
“While I did quite like the look of the film, and the actors up to the task, I found Let’s Be Evil to be overly dialogue-driven. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but unlike, say, 2001: A Space Odyssey or Her, there’s not much beyond the surface of the words. I recommend this one only for die-hard fans of killer kids horror.” Staci Layne Wilson, Dread Central
“There’s no reliable conceptual framework, no actual opposition between villain and protagonist, not much of anything but the computer graphics, the flickering lights and eventual blackouts and crawl-through-the-ventilation scares that worked a lot better in the likes of Demons 2 than they do here. The movie’s relentless one-note tone makes its final twist, such as it is, entirely predictable and pat.” Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
” … in a world where people constantly complain about a lack of original sci-fi in cinema, Let’s Be Evil is a breath of fresh air. It’s wickedly smart, very inventive and shot beautifully, but a disappointing payoff and some stilted performances hold back what could have been a true underground gem.” Luke Owen, Flickering Myth
” …Let’s Be Evil is hard to recommend as anything more than a bit of quick, cheap fluff. With plot-holes and narrative inconsistencies, and ending that left me scratching my head, Let’s Be Evil is best enjoyed with the brain switched off. The best way to sum it up is Lawnmower Man meets Mind Ripper with a dash of Village of the Damned. Take that as you will.” Elliott Maguire, UK Horror Scene
“Evil hyper-intelligent kiddies in the Children of the Damned mould in this low-budget virtual reality British picture. A fun twist at the end but there was rather too much running around in the dark in this one for me.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema
“It’s not hard to see where things are going from quite early on. The obviousness of the end makes even this relatively short film (83 minutes) feel overlong – though there’s one decent chill, as the augmentations fade and Jenny sees unaugmented reality.” The Kim Newman Web Site