Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Evil Gene (2016)

evilDirector: Kathryn F Taylor

Writer: Kathryn F Taylor (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Speight Jr, Cameron Richardson, Lindsey Ginter, Anthony L Fernandez, Gene Gabriel, Ted Heyck, Lindsay Ayliffe


Plot: FBI agent Griff Krenshaw is dispatched to solve a murder at a federal correctional facility for inmates with a rare genetic defect that leads to psychosis and violence. Once there, Griff becomes convinced that the facility is plagued by a much darker force.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Good Tension Builder


Story: The Evil Gene starts in a world where scientists prove that there is something called an Evil Gene which causes psychotic behaviour and now they are looking for a cure. Griff Krenshaw (Speight Jr) is an FBI agent in trouble for shooting first too often and is sent to a correctional facility to solve what looks like an apparent suicide of one of the doctors.

While inside the facility Griff finds himself being led in different direction by the Warden (Ginter) the fellow DR Ehrhart (Richardson) and the inmates themselves. As the investigation gets though Griff starts to question his own decisions as he finds a bigger force within the facility trying to take over.

The Evil Gene is a very good tension builder as we see how people inside the facility have been genetically branded Evil and this does offer up a moral question about whether if there was such a thing how would we deal with it. The only downside to this film is the almost lacklustre vision ending to the film as we are promised some sort of violence only to find ourselves only having the after effect. This is a very interesting film that does keep us guessing with moments that take things in all direction even though they do end up coming back to answer all the questions.


Overall: Great tension building horror.





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