“Another Evil” Is The Horror Comedy You Didn’t Know You Needed

 

 
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Writer and first time, feature director Carson D. Mell (who has written for such shows as “Eastbound and Down” and “Silicon Valley”) brings a very unique and entertaining style, to his debut film “Another Evil”. Blending some truly creepy scares with an uncomfortable, dark humor, Mell’s film isn’t a conventional horror/comedy, but it does effectively blend elements of both. Seamlessly weaving complex characters with multiple genre themes is never easy, but Mell capably does so, while announcing himself as an intriguing and new indie voice.

“Another Evil” starts out with a genuinely scary sequence that feels like it would fit in, in the early “Paranormal Activity” films. Dan (Steve Zissis) and his wife and son (Jennifer Irwin and Dax Flame) are relaxing at their vacation cabin, when one night they are terrified by a spirit (or two) that is lurking in the dark corners of their mountain home. Clearly shaken, Dan and Mary decide to seek out a professional medium who can help them rid the cabin of the spooky specters. Enter Joey Lee (Dan Bakkedahl); an iced tea guzzling ghost hunter who has a soft spot for otherworldly spirits. Joey does a quick survey of the haunted house, and tells Dan and Mary that they shouldn’t worry… In fact they should be excited. “It’s like an Aurora Borealis, but only you can see it because it’s confined to your house!”, he excitedly explains as he tells them these are not evil spirits but friendly ones.

Dan isn’t comfortable accepting Joey’s take on things, so he reaches out to another ghost hunter named Os (The Office’s Mark Proksch) for a second opinion. Os is much less tender when it comes to dealing with ghosts, and he refers to Joey as “Lazy and unprofessional”. After looking at every nook and cranny of Dan’s house, Os declares that the spirits are not friendly, and worse that the are “EFD” (evil fully determined) and must be exterminated. Feeling much more in tune with Os’ diagnosis, Dan agrees to spend four days with Os, to get rid of the “Demons”.

The more time Dan spends with the oddball Os, the more he comes to realize that the ghosts might not be the darkest (or most bothersome) thing in his house. Os increasingly pressures Dan into a circumstantial friendship, and begins to unload his personal demons onto his new pal. Unfortunately for Dan, by the time he decides to rid himself of Os’ presence, Os has decided he cannot leave until he is sure the spirits have been vanquished.

Mell’s film is a subtle, yet immensely entertaining, dramedy with horror elements peppered in. It doesn’t really adhere to any rules of the genres it plays with, and it benefits greatly from that fact. It has both ominous tones and whimsy in equal measure, and somehow manages to never be jarring or lose it’s way into muddled territory. Much like Michael Scott’s character in “The Office”, “Another Evil” will not please everyone, but if you enjoy original takes on the horror genre or dark, dry humor then it will be right up your alley.


MikeD

 


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