Evil Everywhere Review- Goofy Goodness for the B Horror Fan
Evil Everywhere is a serious exploration of survival guilt and the rise in suicide after a major tragedy in a community– just kidding. There is absolutely nothing serious about this movie and that is not me being a jerk. This movie does not take itself seriously and neither should you. Rather, Evil Everywhere is a laugh-out-loud (I seriously laughed aloud several times) horror comedy that finds its place in a long line of B-horror movies that are a ton of fun to watch.
Evil Everywhere opens with a title crawl as the narrator explains that in 1985 an evil presence assaulted the local high school senior class killing every student in alphabetical order. Zeke Zanderfeld, whose name fortunately came at the end of the yearbook, discovered the pattern. With the help of a mysterious woman with telekinetic powers, they defeat the evil, only to be blamed for the killings. They both separate and go into hiding.
Two years later, the evil presence returns. This time knocking off any art students at the school. Jake Davis (Jared Walker) must hunt down Zeke (Mykee Morettini) in order to face the evil once again. They enlist the help of Julia Lochley (Corrinne Mica) as they try to piece together the mystery of the ancient evil afflicting the town. Meanwhile, a local police officer (Peter Dorman) is investigating the increase in local deaths by sitting in his office chair and not really doing much (as cops in horror movies are want to do).
Sprinkled throughout the second act are several gruesome kill scenes where the ghoul confronts an art student forcing them to either inflict harm on themselves or through a more direct approach. These scenes are the highlight of the movie. All I could think during these scenes was just how much fun the cast and crew had in creating each of the kills. One memorable moment includes one of the strangest nuns (portrayed by Dylan Greenberg) I can recall seeing. My favorite scene follows a college student, Sean (Leonardo Jimenez), encountering the evil in the form of Father Michaels (John Davies). The scene is simple. Sean is writing an essay, hears a knock at the door, and he meets his doom. However, Jimenez and Davies play the scene in complete deadpan humor that makes this movie so great.
With Evil Everywhere Go Have Fun
I grew up watching bad shark movies with my Dad and brother on Friday nights. We spent the entire movie trying to make each other laugh, picking fun at the low budget effects and bad acting. Evil Everywhere, and I mean this with the upmost respect, is the perfect bad movie to crack jokes with your friends and family. It is exactly why the movie was made. I can’t sit here and critique the movie on any artistic basis. I can’t say the acting was bad or the set was sloppy. Honestly, I have no idea if the actors were bad or are good actors acting badly. Trying to take it on those merits is missing the point. Everyone is in on the joke, which is what makes Evil Everywhere so good.
Just like Thankskilling (2008) or Rubber (2010) Evil Everywhere comes in a long line of B-horror movie comedies. This is not your latest A24 release or arthouse slow burn horror film. There is not a deeper meaning or much of a message at all. Trying to make it into anything other than what it is would be disingenuous. It is a helluva good time and that is more than enough. Evil Everywhere is goofy, funny, and most important, fun. Nothing more and nothing less. Evil Everywhere comes to DVD and Digital on today from Evil Eye Releasing. I recommend you gather all of your vaccinated friends, get some good popcorn, turn on Evil Everywhere, and have a silly time.
Leland Merritt is a PhD student at Claremont School of Theology studying the intersections between Horror and the Hebrew Bible. When he is not studying he is reading, watching, playing, or listening to anything that might scare him. He currently lives in Southern California with his spouse and a ghoul masquerading as a toddler.