A friend recommended The Evil Within (2017) because of the retro-style effects, so I figured what the hell. How bad can it be? Well, let me tell you. The beginning of the movie felt like Tim Burton walked in, then realized he was on the wrong sound stage.
As promised the Claymation effects were cool, reminding me of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but I wish there had been more than the short bits here and there. At least a fantastic marionette show was included. The movie didn’t have enough thrills and chills for me. It was a montage of stories interlaced, making less and less sense as the film continued.
The story follows Dennis and John Peterson, who are brothers that are bound together due to Dennis’s ailment. Dennis is afraid that his brother is going to put him in a hospital for people with special needs, and he manifests nightmares that make him more frightened. He carries on conversations with himself in the mirror, and this ego tells him to kill cats and dogs, then it gets greedy and wants him to kill a kid, convincing him that he’ll become smart if he does, and his bad dreams will go away. I understand the deep meaning behind what is happening, but I won’t share that with you in case you decide to see this one.
John is Dennis’s older brother who is stressed out from caring for his brother and a girlfriend who wants him to put Dennis in a home. Then suddenly, she isn’t quite the bitch that she was when we enter an alternate reality. This was one of the many things that made no sense, which also includes how it was mid-afternoon one moment, then night seconds later.
When it comes down to it, I’m not a fan of this type of horror. I just want scares and thrills more than I want meaning. I’m confused about why The Evil Within took fifteen years to make, but I’ve never made a film, so I have no point of personal reference.
I had high expectations for this film because of the recommendation to watch it, too bad it’s only getting 1.5 out of 5 Stars.