Never had a problem with this film – does exactly what it promises with some nice touches.
I can remember the first time I watched it as it was part of a Found Footage marathon I compiled in my girlfriend’s London flat.
I was home alone and skint so I HDMI’d the laptop up to the TV, cracked open a six pack and got comfortable (those were the days!).
Pretty cool day, reasonably cool film…
On January 9, 2009, five college students left New York City for a weekend in the country.
48 hours later, all five students have simply vanished without a trace. There were no leads and no evidence – until now (cue the sinister music!).
First things first, I better ‘attempt’ to clear up the release date of this title…well to tell you the truth…I really don’t know when it was released!
The version I have watched (twice) indicates that it was released in 2009 but there is a version floating about that was somehow released in 2011?
Even IMDb lists two versions of the movie – with extremely similar DVD covers (it’s the exact same movie with the exact same actors!).
Anyway, for the sake of this review let’s ‘pretend’ it was released in 2009 – it fits in with the plot better that way anyway!
The thing I like most about this film is that it pulled no punches with the direction it was going to take – from early on in the movie the starting footage gives some hints as to what is to come.
It all revolves around a mysterious van that sort of torments the students as they travel to their destination.
It doesn’t mess about – director, Dominic Perez, decides that an early introduction to the ‘disturbed side’ is the way to go and this was pretty refreshing.
This is one of the few Found Footage titles in this particular stalker niche/genre that passes on the option of a slow build towards the nastiness!
Evil Things manages to end up as a decent character-driven film that has plenty of effective creep factors.
Instead of the horror being traditional and ‘in your face’ it opts to go down the psychological and situational route – it works for the budget well.
Budget is the main thing here – it could well of held the film back to a mediocre standard, but the direction and goals of each scene work and work pretty well.
Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a classic by any stretch of the imagination!
It’s just a pretty safe bet for Found Footage addicts – it just about manages to tick all the right boxes.
I also think the acting manages to come through pretty well in this movie – the cast are relaxed because they are just kids being kids.
To be honest a few of the scenes are probably loosely scripted but this kinda works in the film’s favor overall.
No problems with this one – was able to watch it twice and (reasonably) enjoy it twice.
By no means a classic but worth an hour or so of your time!