Another Evil – USA, 2016

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Another Evil is a 2016 American supernatural comedy horror film written and directed by Carson Mell. It stars Steve Zissis, Mark Proksch, Jennifer Irwin, Dax Flame, Dan Bakkedhal, Steve Little, Mariko Munro.

The film debuted at the SXSW Film Festival on 12 March 2016 and is being distributed by Raven Banner.

Plot:

After encountering a ghost in their vacation home, Dan (Joey Lee) and his wife Mary (Jennifer Irwin) consult an exorcist. Unsatisfied with the verdict, Dan goes behind his wife’s back to seek a second opinion, and secretly hires Os (Mark Proksch) who promises to get rid of the beings.

Os and Dan spend a week together in the vacation home exorcising the “EFD” (Evil Fully Determined) beings, but Dan soon realises that ridding the home of evil won’t be as simple as it seems…

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Reviews:

“Nothing else this year can match Another Evil for its expert chills, comic dialogue, Office-level cringe and disturbing themes. A film where character differences and social awkwardness are as much the sources of ill-ease as any demonic activity, Mell has made richly textured work operating on numerous levels. It’s a seriously impressive directorial debut.” Martyn Conterio, Cine Vue

“Beautifully written, funny and awkward, this plays like Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass’s Creep (2014) for ghostbusters, and leaves viewers to unpack for themselves where (if anywhere) the evil promised by the title lies.” Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound

Another Evil is somewhat unpredictable and nicely played, but so low-key that the comedy as well as everything else feels almost too modest for feature scale; it has the throwaway, anecdotal tenor of a droll short. It doesn’t bore, but at 90 minutes it lacks the kind of heft, hilarity or other assertive quality that render its pleasant-enough progress memorable.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

” …finds room for both absurd comedy and sincere character work. The film moves smoothly between truly frightening beats, laugh out loud dialogue, and some painful observations on a pitiful life, and in doing so it stands well apart from its typical haunted house brethren.” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

“Mell’s script does a terrific job of keeping the plot off-kilter between comedy and horror. It is certainly two-thirds in favor of the latter, but even as it reaches its climax it is left to each viewer whether they should be laughing or horrified at the antagonist’s initiative. Or is he the protagonist? That’s just part of the fun of this often hilarious oddity.” Erik Childress, RogerEbert.com

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