Surviving Evil (2009)

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A TV documentary crew arrive on a remote island in the Philippines to film a survival special. Their back-to-the-wild adventure proves to be more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.



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Credited cast:
Phoebe Drake
Cecilia 'Chill' Reyes
Rachel Rice
Dexter 'Dex' Simms
Joey Valencia
Daniel Hagon ...
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Gerald Zarcilla ...
Main Creature Performer
Louise Bamber ...
Creature performer
Tamsyn Lee ...
Creature performer
Nicholas Lewis ...
Creature Performer UK
Daniele Du Plessis ...
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Wernich Van Der Berg ...
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Alexis Georgiou ...
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Philip Zarcilla ...
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A TV documentary crew arrive on a remote island in the Philippines to film a survival special. Their back-to-the-wild adventure proves to be more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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10 July 2009 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Evil Island  »

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At the end of the movie, the beam with the rope breaks so the rope falls in the hole, but we can see that the rope is back and attached a few seconds after. See more »


Performed by Natalie Mendoza
Written by Eliot Kennedy & Natalie Mendoza
Produced by Eliot Kennedy
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A Decently Delivered Horror Marred By a Lousy Ending
25 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Set on the remote Mayaman Island in the Philippines, comes the story of six documentary filmmakers, who plan to spend six days shooting a survival special until they find out the island they perceived as uninhabited, reveals to have a Philippine folklore creature, the Aswang, lusting for their blood. The plot itself is intriguing. 6 people, a deserted island, and a mythical legend about a superior creature that looms over them. You can't go wrong with that, but somehow "Surviving Evil" didn't fully pull out all the stops when they had the chance.

I thought the cast was finely assembled. The performances of the actors were, for the most part, solid. Besides the atmosphere which was well established and the aerial shots of the island being beautiful, the acting came in as an added bonus. The characters all had their own conflicts affecting their lives, but the film makes a mistake spending over 40 minutes to flesh out these characters in their setting, leaving the creature to roar in hunger in the background. It just took way too long for the suspense to build up and nearing the end of the film, it felt like it was rushed to squeeze in a few things. And don't even get me started on that "to be continued" TV show episode ending. I surely hope they intend to make a sequel, because the ending is lousy.

All in all, "Surviving Evil" is decent horror worth a watch. You'll probably be exhausted with it for at least 30-40 minutes due to the lengthy character build-up taking away too much from the action to even begin, but when they deliver the last 90 minutes, it's pretty action packed. The directing and script may not be perfect; however, it's more than tolerable. Give the movie a shot. Sit back, relax and enjoy it.

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