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Little Evil (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Eli Craig

Starring:
Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas

Other notable appearances:
Bridget Everett, Donald Faison, Sally Field, Clancy Brown

Running time:
95 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, What We Do in the Shadows, Shaun of the Dead

 

Gary (Scott) marries his dream girl Samantha (Lilly) but soon after their nuptials he begins to worry that Samantha’s little angel Lucas (Atlas) is exhibiting Antichristal tendencies.

Little Evil is a fun story that is executed reasonably well. It has horror elements and comedy elements but is more akin to a movie length sitcom. There are lots of homages to classic horror films intwined throughout the film and this is done in a way that teeters on the edge of parody precipice but doesn’t quite fall in.

The comedic endeavours are good enough to be noticed but weren’t good enough to elicit actual laughter at any point.

Much like the performances in the first season of a sitcom, the performances in Little Evil are okay but not great and feel forced at times. Scott plays his role with heart that makes the mostly two-dimensional character likeable. Everett did much the same for her character.

Little Evil is an average film for the comedy, horror and comedy horror genres but its entertainment value does wear thin in parts. It’s worth a look if you have access to it, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way for it.

Rating:

“I get the sense that he’s, uh … ”
“That he’s evil incarnate?”
“Yeah.”

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