Writer: Jason William Lee (Screenplay)
Starring: Debs Howard, Danny Zaporozan, Behtash Fazlali, Ian Collins, Kylee Bush, Marina Pasqua, Tatyana Forrest
Plot: While on a fourth of July holiday, six best friends fall victim to the insidious plan of a mysterious organization when they are unknowingly transformed into bloodthirsty cannibals.
Tagline – Worst. Trip. Ever.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Blood Splatter Fans
Story: The Evil in Us starts when six friends Brie (Howard), Steve (Zaporozan), Bash (Fazlali), John (Collins), Trish (Bush) and Roxanne (Pasqua) head to a family holiday home for the 4th July celebrations, while the young people have fun, the police are busy investigating a series of murders which has left the one victim still alive.
When John starts acting strange, we learn that he did have a connection to the murders and the cult around the vacation home keeping people locked up only leaves us waiting to see what will happen when everything gets unleashed.
Thoughts on The Evil in Us
Characters – Brie is the newest member of the friends, she is the girlfriend to Steve and this vacation is the chance for her to meet his friends for the first time, she is in the position where she needs to be on the friendly side of things compared to the banter heavy friendship between the rest. Steve is the one that brings his girlfriend to meet his friends for the celebrations, this will be a problem for most of the friends, we barely learn anything about who they are, Bash is the one whose return they are celebrating while John is the one with the connection to the previous incident. The other two woman are slutty one and the one we barely even learn their name.
Performances – The friends do have good chemistry together which is important for the film and the actors only make this happen, they don’t have too much else to do which does hold back certain parts of their performances.
Story – The story follows six friends dealing with something that turns them into cannibalistic crazed humans willing to eat their own friends as the problem spreads. Now this is an interesting enough idea, it works, the problems come from watching the police investigate the previous incident which shows us the aftermath of what could happen and showing the group behind what is happen conducting their experiments. We are given too much information for what should be a bloody horror with elements that could be bought into the story much later to give us a shocking reveal.
Horror – The horror comes from what happens to the characters when they become raged looking for blood which see us get the blood required to make this shocking when friends are the ones which turn.
Settings – The film keeps us in a couple of settings, the remote vacation home gives us the isolation needed for the characters, while the group with the experiments shows us how secretive they must be.
Special Effects – The effects in the film are wonderful, we get to see the full brutality of the wounds inflicted upon the characters through the film.
Final Thoughts – This is a bloody filled horror that has plenty of positive points, the problem start when we are forced to focus on too many subplots which drags us away from the main action.
Overall: Bloody horror delight