When I was younger, I hated the idea of horror comedies. Films that blended frights and laughs equally just didn’t make sense to me. If I wanted to laugh, I’d watch a straight-up comedy flick, not a horror one! As I grew older, however, I started watching more and more of these films that were actually very successful in combining both genres. Is Carson Mell’s supernatural comedy, Another Evil, one of the successful ones? Read on to find out.
While Dan (Steve Zissis, Bad Milo) and his family are staying at their weekend vacation home, they are visited by an unexpected demon, throwing a wrench in their rather ordinary lives. After hiring an unimpressive ‘exorcist,’ Dan decides, in order to feel better about the whole situation, he needs a second opinion. Enter Os (Mark Proksch). Os is convinced that there is a serious problem at the Pappadakis residence and won’t stop until he’s rid the house of all evil spirits.
After a few days together, Dan begins realizing that Os is too much to handle and now has to figure out a way to get rid of him, too. Os isn’t ready to leave, however, because his fight with the devil isn’t over just yet. He now knows the true origin of the evil that is possessing Dan’s home and will stop at nothing to destroy it, even if that means burying Dan’s son alive…
Although I am much more accepting these days, I still believe that horror and comedy are two genres that are very difficult to meld together in perfect harmony. Sure, there are a few fantastic ones out there — Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Cooties, Cockneys vs. Zombies — but that doesn’t mean that all filmmakers that try their hand at it will hit a home run. That is kind of how I felt with Another Evil; While I did get a few chuckles out of it, here and there, I didn’t think it was very funny, overall. Additionally, the horror elements weren’t strong enough to really be considered ‘scary’ either.
Steve Zissis and Mark Proksch are the film’s main cast, starring as Dan and Os, respectively. The two share quite a bit of time together and while the everything starts off fine, things get strange as Os is trying to just as hard to be Dan’s new best friend, as he is trying to get rid of the supernatural presence in the house. The two actors feed well off of each other and the dialog between the two is as funny as it is unsettling, at times. I did, however, feel myself becoming uninterested and kind of bored about half way through the film.
Another Evil is a great film aesthetically. The quality is top-notch, the acting is very good, and the story is pretty unique in its own right. There just wasn’t enough comedy or horror for this horror comedy flick! I don’t regret spending the time to watch it, but it is safe to say that I won’t be revisiting this one in the future.
If you’d like to check it out for yourself, be sure to pick up a copy on DVD or Blu-ray, available now from Dark Sky Films.
I give Another Evil 2 NicNips out of 5.