The Evil Down the Street – film, USA, 2019: updated with first reviews

The Evil Down the Street is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film directed by David J. Espinosa (The Crumbs)  from a screenplay co-written with Craig Ahrens. The CRA Entertainment production stars Kelton Jones, Alena Gerard, Tara Milante, Sophia Sparks, David J. Espinosa and Craig Ahrens.

Plot:

The Ryan family move into their dream house having no idea their new home is possessed by a demon. Katie Ryan (Alena Gerard) becomes tormented by the demon and begins to terrorise her family…

Review:

The Evil Down the Street is horror-light. There’s nothing wrong with that; horror, after all, comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. There’s still more than enough to keep you invested throughout the 97-minute runtime once the first third gives way to the more evenly paced and less rushed middle third and the strong (and surprisingly positive) finish.” Get on My Damn Level!! review

“The Evil Down the Street has all the key components to be something bigger than it ended up being. If the horror volume was tuned up several notches, it could have easily been a subgenre sleeper hit. Instead, it ended up being a well-polished, expertly filmed and performed piece of cinema that won’t keep the attention of its target audience.” Michael Therkelsen, Horror Society review

“There are some atmospheric moments and jump scares in The Evil Down the Street. Quite a few of them in fact, it does what it does well. It’s better than a lot of these films like First House on the Hill or Ouija Seance. It has some good performances too, especially from Jones in a role that’s the opposite of the one he played in Dry Blood. But the familiar material and handling keep dragging it back down.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony review

Cast and characters:

  • Kelton Jones … Michael Ryan – Miranda Veil; Dry Blood
  • Alena Gerard … Katie Ryan – The Crumbs
  • Tara Milante … Kristen Ryan
  • Sophia Sparks … Maddy Ryan – Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  • David J. Espinosa … Father Bob
  • Craig Ahrens … Bill Lawford – A Place in Hell
  • Michael Hudson … Adam
  • Buzz Cuccia … Darren
  • Deborah Ramaglia … Penny Lawford
  • Alain Azoulay … Don Archer
  • Michelle Lisset … Nicole
  • Rikki Valentina … Brittney (as Rikki McPike)
  • Albert Manfre … Al

Technical details:

97 minutes

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