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Friday, February 19, 2010

DVD Review: EVIL THINGS

I recently watched a film titled EVIL THINGS. This is another entry into the "found footage" type of film, where we are supposed to be watching footage shot by the characters themselves, that is found after they go missing. Other examples being THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and the more recent PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.
Folks, this film is what THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY wanted to be! It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a film this much. Before I go any further, here is the basic plot from imdb.com:


It's Miriam's 21st Birthday. As a birthday gift, Miriam's aunt Gail has decided to lend Miriam her beautiful country house for an entire weekend. Aunt Gail's country house is amazing. It's a four bedroom house surrounded by breathtaking mountains and miles and miles of woods. Miriam invites her young college friends Cassy, Mark, Tanya and Leo to join her at the country house for what looks to be the most amazing weekend ever. Miriam, Cassy and Tanya bring the food. Mark brings the beer and Leo, the aspiring filmmaker, brings his new video camera. Leo hopes to produce a short movie by documenting every amazing moment of this weekend getaway. Unfortunately, what Leo ends up capturing on camera is not a weekend of peace and tranquility, but a nightmarish descent into pure terror.


It seems to be a very low budget film, with mostly first time actors, which is probably a good thing. The people in this film did not seem like actors at all. In fact, the acting is so good in this film that it didn't seem like they were acting. You actually believe that you are just watching a real group of friends. In fact, if you told me that these actors are really good friends and hang out with each other every weekend, I would definitely believe it, because that is what came across on screen. The film was directed by first time director Dominic Perez. It is not very often that a director hits a "home run" his first time up to bat, but that is exactly what Mr. Perez has done with this film. The film starts off slowly, just letting you get to know all the characters. While driving to their weekend house, they are terrorized on the road by someone in a van. They continue to see this van at various points along their trip and eventually meet up with the driver of this van in a more direct way at the climax of the film. This is a must see for any fans of Horror/suspense movies. I can't say enough good things about this film.


CLICK HERE to visit the official website for EVIL THINGS
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for EVIL THINGS

3 comments:

  1. I agree, a GREAT movie, and a hell of a viral marketing campaign to go along with it. This film created a lot of blogger buzz a short while back, then kind of disappeared from the scene, so I'm glad to see that people are still talking about it. Here's hoping that Perez has the same luck that the creators of Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity had. I would love to see this baby on the big screen.

    --J/Metro

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  2. Yup. Dominic should get some props from the Paranormal Activity buzz for this flick. It's a solid movie...home invasion meets shaky cam.

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  3. Im surprised it hasnt found distribution, the characters are so grounded and believable, and it is easily on par with PA!

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