Writer: Ari Kirchenbaum (Screenplay)
Starring: Charlene Amoia, Vladimir Kulich, Tony Todd, Vincent M Ward, J Richey Nash
Plot: Supernatural forces are locked into a college town police force’s basement jail. The sheriff and his deputies are subjected to psychic attacks, preying on the fears of the loyal officers and only those with the strongest wills can survive.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Uniquely Told Horror
Story: Live-Evil starts as Deputy Hancock (Amoia) answers a call at a sorority house where she finds a naked woman who is possessed to make whoever looks upon her be their biggest enemy. Returning the woman to the police station Sheriff Pete (Kulich) sees the woman as his father, Sam (Ward) sees her as the man that killed his sister and fellow officers sees him as a serial killer.
In the police station the demon continue to manipulate the prisoners and officers alike but also turns out to be unkillable trying to take over the station. The mysterious due Mr Eleven (Ricker) and Mr Twelve (Carter) do know what is going on but being wanted by the FBI means they are not going to talk to anyone. It is left to Hancock to keep Pete away from the demon as they look for answers to why the dead are now walking around.
Live-Evil is told over seven chapters, each one with an introduction to where the story is going, we do get to follow in order which with this style could easily have jumped between the time periods. The inclusion of the undead and demon keeping us guess really works and you can help but feel you are watching a mix of The Fog and Planet Terror. We do still have a few unanswered questions at the end but you can just about make it all out too. Overall this is a very good story that manages to balance the genres nicely.
Charlene Amoia: Deputy Hancock is the officer who discovers the demon that has started the undead walking among the living, she is the first to realise that not everything is as it seems and most control the fellow officers as they try to kill the demon only turning themselves into their worst nightmares. Charlene does a good job in this leading role making for a strong leading lady in the horror world.
Vladimir Kulich: Sheriff Pete instantly wants to kill the demon thinking it is his father, once he is pulled out of his trance he then leads the investigation with Hancock to stop the undead walking among the living. Vladimir does a good job in this role.
Tony Todd: Pastor is the priest whose church gets overrun with the undead, he is taken prisoner by the zombies only to find himself part of the answer. Tony gives us a good supporting performance but with a character that really isn’t involved enough.
Support Cast: Live-Evil has a supporting cast that includes the fellow officers, the university staff and of course the zombies
Director Review: Ari Kirchenbaum – Ari gives us a unique horror for this year that does keep us guessing all the way through.
Horror: Live-Evil is filled with all the horror ideas but in the end isn’t very scary.
Settings: Live-Evil uses the location well to create the horror atmosphere for each scene.
Special Effects: Live-Evil uses good effects where needed.
Suggestion: Live-Evil is one for the horror fans to watch, mainly because it will be something different. (Horror Fans Watch)
Best Part: Concept.
Worst Part: Slightly unanswered questions by the end.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: Maybe
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Overall: Uniquely original horror that clashes the Fog and Planet Terror