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When the young woman Emma Carillo is stabbed five times, paramedic Marcus Galan feels a great empathy for her and unsuccessfully tries to save her life in the Mercy Hospital. Meanwhile the near death patient Caroline Kuntz awakes; kills two people; and leaves the hospital. When Marcus arrives home, he finds his suicidal wife Carla cheating on him with a stranger. The next morning, Marcus goes to a hearing due to mistreatment and the death of the prostitute Elizabeth Markham. Private detective Carruthers is assigned to investigate the case. Meanwhile Caroline visits Carruthers' son Vic. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Richard Dutcher is a director-producer-screenwriter-actor-editor who made his fortune with low budget drama's that take place within the Mormon community. I believe he parted with the church at some point and started making movies that have nothing to do with the Church of Latter Day Saints but still have everything to do with faith and morality. Like this Evil Angel, in which Lilith, first wife of Adam, takes possession of bodies, much like the demon in Fallen, and creates havoc.
The story revolves around an ambulance driver who obsesses over a young woman who died in his ambulance and whom he thinks was a saint. There's also a private detective (Ving Rhames) whose son was killed by Lilith in a gruesome way.
You cannot deny that Dutcher has a lot of ambition. In stead of making a fast, sleek horror movie like the aforementioned Fallen, he chooses to focus on the emotions of his characters. But the result is that Evil Angel feels more like a glossy drama than a horror film. Most of those dramatic scenes work pretty well, but in the last twenty minutes Dutcher treats us to a lot of metaphysical exposition wrapped in dialogue, most of which he himself delivers. It's too much and it bogs the movie down.
But there's an aspect to this film which I don't like at all. The movie seems built around a fear of a woman as a sexual being. On the one hand the camera can't get enough of cleavages and long legs in stockings. On the other hand those legs and cleavages always belong to whores, sluts or demons. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it left a bad taste.
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