Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Evil Things (2009, Dominic Perez)




 
Coming August 9th from Inception Media Group, is a low budget,"found footage" horror film from new director Dominic Perez.  Ever since I saw The Blair Witch Project in the theater and got the shit scared out of me, I have been on the lookout for similar followers that deliver the scares.  I liked the Paranormal Activity films and thought this might be a good addition to this genre. 
 
Evil Things follows 5 friends who are going away for the weekend to stay at a secluded vacation house to celebrate one of their birthdays.  While driving on the snowy back roads, they come across a black van that appears to be following them.  After one of the group confronts the driver, he takes off and they think their problems are over.  Once they finally reach their destination, they talk, drink and have fun.  Until they realize that they are not alone.
 
Evil Things does an incredible job of building up tension and also spends a good amount of time with characterization.  Unlike your typical slasher film, you really care about the characters here which is why the scares are more effective.  The amateur cast are all very convincing, which made the "found footage" angle really work.  There wasn't one time that it felt like I was watching actors as oppossed to real people in peril.  The film is bloodless but it will keep you on the edge of your seat.  My only complaint is that the film ended too soon.  I wished the climax went on a little longer, but overall it was a strong film that hopefully will get some recognition.
 
RATING:  8/10
 
 
 
 

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