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Review – Little Evil

What’s this?

It’s a Netflix Original Movie. A Horror Comedy. Little Evil has all the makings to be a decent little streaming film. Starring Evangeline Lilly and Adam Scott, you are following a story of a newlywed couple who are making their new house their home. Gary (the step dad) is under pressure to bond with his step son Lucas to appease his wife Samantha. Unfortunately for Gary, he suspects his step son is the Antichrist because of unusual happenings and threats to his life.

This sounds interesting…

The premise is interesting. I always enjoy narratives where the step dad struggles to bond. There is something engaging about them. I suppose that is because there needs to be character development in order for father and son to form a relationship. Also, horror spoofs are something to be enjoyed and they are not meant to be taken too seriously, however, over the years they have stagnated.

So is it good?

It is okay. It suffers from the common Netflix problem where it becomes exhausting and silly. By the time act three reaches its conclusion you are not as enthralled as you were when it first started. It is rather confusing calling a horror spoof “too silly” but it gets to the point where you get rather fed up seeing the same Netflix Original over and over again. The story focuses more on Gary trying to get his head around the concept that his step son may be the Antichrist, and whilst that is all good, it lacked scenes from the boy, especially at the beginning. I believe the movie is trying to establish that the boy is a “make or break” situation for Gary’s marriage and if he cannot form a father-like relationship then it will quickly turn to divorce. The performances, on the other hand, are good, although the dialogue is very on the surface.

Is it funny?

In parts. A horror spoof that relies on stupidity from the characters must deliver good gags. Unfortunately, much of the comedy did not make me laugh. There are funny moments; there is a scene where Gary goes to a support group for step parents and the entire dialogue between all the adults is hilarious. If the movie focused more on moments like that, then it would have been more of a success. The real strength in the comedy lies when Gary is trying to form a relationship with Lucas and his wife is completely unaware (or in-denial) that there is something dangerously suspicious about her son. Unfortunately, the story is not delivered well enough to elevate the movie into a memorable comedy. It is a typical Netflix comedy that remains in the thumbnails for the random viewer. The last gripe with it is that the movie is only 90 minutes, yet it feels way longer than that, which is always a bad sign.

Recommend?

If you are just passing by, but it will not be a belly full of laughs. Keep this buried within the thumbnails.

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