Directed by Carson D. Mell
After encountering a ghost in his family's vacation home, Dan and his wife Mary hire an "industrial-grade exorcist" named Os to get rid of the beings.
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★★★★ review by Kiko Vega on Letterboxd
La revelación del festival es una película que sí, que es de género, por supuesto que lo es, pero también es una comedia más negra que los cojones de un burro.
Mala uva a raudales, situaciones incómodas y risas, muchas risas, con unos diálogos protagonizados por una pareja que no tiene nada que envidiar a los protas de Bottom, por poner un ejemplo de cruda idiotez ficticia.
Una joya no apta para todos los paladares. Si le coges el punto, es irresistible.
★★★★ review by Chris Genro on Letterboxd
Absolutely fantastic film that you will most likely see on my top horror films of 2017. This easily has some of the most likeable and well written characters in any film I've watched so far. This is a horror comedy but it's definitely in the mumblecore style which is much more understated and focuses on the awkward humour.
Dan played by Steve Zissis is vacationing with his family in their cottage when they suddenly discover it's haunted. In an effort to rid himself of the ghosts he hires a ghost hunter named Os who comes highly recommended. At first Dan is going along with things but as Os' rituals become more and more bizarre things become more uncomfortable between them.
That's as far as I'll go with a synopsis as it would be best to go into this completely blind without watching a trailer. I had so much fun with this and would easily watch the film if it was and hour longer. The performances by both leads are fantastic but Mark Proksch who plays Os steals the show. If you love the films by people such as the Duplass brothers than this will be right up your alley. 4/5 stars.
★★★½ review by Jason Coffman on Letterboxd
Dan (Steve Zissis) is a successful artist who has unfortunately seen a terrifying ghost in his vacation home. His wife Mary (Jennifer Irwin) brings in a specialist in such things who informs them they are in no danger from the entities who share their living space. Dan isn’t so sure, and a friend refers him to Os (Mark Proksch), a “ghost assassin.” Dan stays at the vacation house while Mary and their son Jazz (Dax Flame) are back at home and hires Os in hopes they can rid the house of ghosts before Mary returns, but it turns out Os is as profoundly lonely and weird as he is effective at ghost trapping. Debut feature writer/director Carson D. Mell previously worked as a producer and writer for the HBO series SILICON VALLEY and wrote episodes of EASTBOUND & DOWN, a track record which gives a pretty good idea of the approach taken to exorcism tropes in ANOTHER EVIL. Instead of focusing on the supernatural, the film’s center is the uneasy relationship between Dan and Os, two very different guys who find themselves unexpectedly having to share close quarters. Steve Zissis and Mark Proksch are excellent in the lead roles, wringing a lot of deeply uncomfortable laughs out of their predicament. It becomes a bit less interesting as it moves into the third act and the situation spirals out of control, but overall ANOTHER EVIL is a very funny film that takes a fresh approach to some familiar material.
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★★★★ review by Chris Blazo on Letterboxd
This was such a strange, but likeable and highly entertaining film. The film's identity is not fully known until the end, but that's not a bad thing, because it keeps you on your toes. Another Evil is an uncommon film about a common subject in paranormal events and Carson Mell delivers the film as such in the beginning, but it transforms into a black comedy and then to thriller status. It's nice to watch a film that isn't so finite or definitive. I think the film is well made with a strong execution and good, solid nobody actors. I really thought Steve Zissis was great as the cool, hipster dad that expresses himself with a dead-pan face and sarcasm. Mark Proksch was convincing as Os and he reminded me a bit of Kevin Heffernan who played Farva from Super Troopers.
Dan Papadakis (Zissis) and his family have a vacation home built in the mountains of Arizona so they can retreat from the bustling city for the weekend. After a nice family night of charades in their beautiful new home, Dan hears some thuds and bangs that are unusual. He checks the situation out and finds nothing, only to have something else happen directly after he leaves the room. That same night, Jazz (Dax Flame) Dan's son is woken up by someone walking through his room and when he calls out Dan comes running. Dan checks the house and when he checks the last area upstairs, he turns to see a man crawling up the stairs with half of his face blown off. The next day Dan and his family invite a medium over to find out what is going on and when he's done, Dan is not satisfied with his response. The medium tells them that there are two ghosts, that are friendly and to just leave them alone. When Dan returns home he is referred to Os Bijourn (Proksch) and he is usually hired to eradicate ghosts from a dwelling and when Dan meets him for the first time, he knows that he's the man for the job. Dan will soon regret his decision as Os is very lonely, eccentric, uncouth and unhinged. Dan's week long event in the mountains with Os will become a defining time in his life with astonishing repercussions.
I was pleasantly surprised with this film and although there was a comedic element, this film had a dark, threatening undercurrent just beneath it's façade. Another Evil is not your typical anything, but don't expect scares and gore, because it's more dialogue heavy with a disturbing quality in the air.
★★★½ review by Cropsy on Letterboxd
This is a great little twist on the conventional haunted house flick. The two leads worked great together. They were capable actors who hit the funny bits and the serious ones too. I was laughing at parts and cringing at others. The buildup is very satisfying and the twist was fantastic. Great movie.
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