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“The Evil In Us” Horror in the Woods

October the Halloween month isn’t too far off so a number of Horror flicks have surfaced to pique the interest of fans of the genre. The most recent The Evil In Us comes available on DVD today, but unless you are someone who has just entered the arena of movie terror this one will be a big disappointment.  October the Halloween month isn’t too far off so a number of Horror flicks have surfaced to pique the interest of fans of the genre. The most recent The Evil In Us comes available on DVD today, but unless you are someone who has just entered the arena of movie terror this one will be a big disappointment.  

The film opens with a grisly scene in an apartment involving three teen to twenty something tenements found in a bloody room with only one surviving, Zoe Kieslowska (Tatyana Forrest). Rushing her to the hospital, the investigators are puzzled about what or who created the murders. After analyzing the crime scene, Lead Detective Strudwick (John Gillich) goes to the hospital to question Zoe and finds her distraught and uncooperative.

Debs Howard as Brie, Danny Zaporozan as Steve, Behtash Fazlali as Bash, Ian Collins as Wheeler, Kylee Bush as Trish and Marina Pasqua as Roxanne in THE EVIL IN US

Taking the cue from several past films we find three couples headed for a 4th July weekend on an offshore island to escape the humdrum of the city.  Brie (Debs Howard) and Steve (Danny Zaporozan) are engaged and have just picked up Bash (Behtash Fazlali) who has recently returned from a long absence.  The three meet up with Trish (Kylee Bush), Roxanne (Marina Pasqua) and Wheeler (Ian Collins) friends of Brie and Steve.  Ray (Gary Starkell), a scuzzy local fisherman, takes the six of them to a cabin on the “deserted” island.

Behtash Fazlali as Bash and Ian Collins as Wheeler in THE EVIL IN US

The two plots occur simultaneously with another two side stories involving a mysterious dungeon and fishermen.  First time full feature director/writer Jason William Lee weaves his tale between the four layers attempting to keep his audience off guard as the main adventure takes place in the cabin.  It’s a fairly good ploy, but if you have seen a lot of “cabin” movies, especially Cabin Fever and The Cabin in the Woods, this one turns out to be more of the same.

Debs Howard as Brie in THE EVIL IN US

The film does get high marks for production value that includes camera work, make-up, special effects, and music.  Where it goes wrong however, involves the predictable script that includes too many hints leading up to the ghastly ending.  Not that it much matters as most of the similar cabin movies have foreseeable plots with related endings.  For the most part the talent needs more practice and the direction does show lack of filmmaking ability.

The Evil in Us has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains extreme violence, language, gore, sexual innuendos and drug use.  This film will probably attract older teens that want the thrill of the scare, but don’t look for much of that beyond the viciousness of the kills.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Not your best example of horror.

Specifications and additional video information:Cast: Ian Collins, Kylee Bush, Debs Howard, Behtash Fazlali, Danny ZaporozanDirector and written by: Jason William Lee MPAA Rating: Not RatedGenre: Horror Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min. Video Release Date: August 29, 2017Original Theatrical Release Date: August 29, 2017Language: English Reviewed Format: DVDAudio: Dolby Digital 5.1Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.39:1Subtitles: English SDHNumber of Discs: 1 DiscDistributed by: RJL Entertainment

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com