BY BLAINE MCLAREN
Another Evil dwells in that strange world where there is no real genre to place it in. It is funny, but it is not a comedy and it is has ghosts, but it is not really a horror movie. Where it falls in…who knows, but I can say that it is one of the best written and acted films of the year. There is no rhyme or reason in the plot and these odd choices make sense in the bizarre world that (Director) Carson D. Mell and company have created. This strange film may be tough for some crowds, but those who do connect with it will be in for a fantastic trip.
The film begins with a family who is indulging in a frantic and confusing game of Charades. Midway through the game, they are interrupted by movement in the home and the eventual discovery of ghosts. They immediately get a spiritualist and he tells them that the ghosts are actually “pretty cool”. The husband decides to get a second opinion and then opens his home to a man who could be a much bigger threat than anything supernatural.
As I mentioned before, the script is one of the best I have seen in years. All of the dialogue fits the characters perfectly and the odd sense of humor turns the darkest scenes into its funniest. The actors are all on point and the two leads nail their roles as friends/foes. The only gripe I had was that the ending seemed a little rushed and I would have liked to see some of the details fleshed out more. This minor complaint aside, this film was my favorite feature of the festival and I am excited to see how it is received once it is released. Another Evil is far from conventional, but it is a brilliant and original take on the well-worn haunted house subgenre. ANOTHER EVIL IS CURRENTLY BEING RELEASED BY RAVEN BANNER, BUT DOES NOT HAVE A RELEASE DATE YET