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Review Round-Up: ‘Let’s Be Evil’ & ‘War on Everyone’

Let’S Be Evil

Stars: Elizabeth Morris, Kara Tointon, Elliot James Langridge, Isabelle Allen, Jamie Bernadette, Brooke Johnston, Martin Owen, Helene Wilson, Paul Casar, Jonathan Willis, Billie Wilson, Aimee Wright | Written by Elizabeth Morris, Martin Owen, Jonathan Willis | Directed by Martin Owen

Desperately in need of money to care for a sick parent, Jenny (Morris) takes a job supervising children at a learning centre for gifted students. But when she and two other new employees are ushered into a maximum-security underground bunker where eerily robotic children are outfitted with augmented reality glasses, Jenny finds herself thrust into a disturbing technological experiment in which she is an unwitting player in a terrifying virtual game.

Techno-horror is a genre that, given my previous experiences with films of this nature, is really hard to get right. The reliance on the technology within, techno-babble et al. can, and often does, overwhelm the story the filmmakers are trying to tell.
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Let's Be Evil review – routine stalk'n'slasher undermined by budget

Us teenagers are kept underground for a doomed world-building project in this cheap British teen horror flick

Prolific Brit producer Jonathan Willis here attempts a teen-oriented tweak of the science-gone-wrong theme of his 2013 success The Machine. It’s about the doomed Posterity Project, a programme that sequesters the best and brightest youngsters in the Us underground. While their twentysomething handlers uncover the project’s deadlier glitches, director Martin Owen applies plentiful visual gloss. A first-person shooting style necessitates intricate, Peep Show-like eyeline-matching, and the effects work is unusually sophisticated. Yet there’s no dressing up some desperately ordinary stalk-and-slashing, and the budget undermines the world-building: ex-EastEnder Kara Tointon heads a roster of phony Us accents, and while Kids in America gets repeat plays, surely nobody here ventured much beyond Amersham.

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Exclusive Clip: Let's Be Evil, "Everything Will Be Ok" (Er, No, It Won't)

Uh oh. With alarms sounding, two young women scurry down a darkened hallway. One says to the other, "Everything will be Ok." Automatically, we know it won't be. Indeed, our exclusive clip from Let's Be Evil portends that something bad is about to happen (just in case the title itself wasn't enough of a giveaway). For the setup, here's the official synopsis: In Let's Be Evil, three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control. The film was written by Martin Owen with story by Elizabeth Morris and Owen, based on an original idea by Jonathan Willis. Elizabeth Morris,...

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August 2016 VOD Releases Include Sun Choke, The Mind’S Eye, Summer Camp

If you’re feeling less than enthusiastic about heading outside during these dog days of summer, at least there are a lot of intriguing horror and sci-fi VOD and Digital releases coming our way this August that will surely keep you busy and out of the reach of the relentless summertime heat.

On August 2nd, the psychological thriller Sun Choke, co-starring Barbara Crampton and Sarah Hagen, debuts courtesy of XLrator Media and just a few days later, Joe Begos’ The Mind’s Eye makes its way to VOD to give viewers a mind-blowing fun time. Also arriving on August 5th is Let’s Be Evil from IFC Midnight, and on August 16th, Epic Pictures Group is throwing a Killer Party complete with a zombie apocalypse.

Other notable VOD genre releases for August 2016 include Summer Camp, The Suffering, and Hell Town.

Feed the Devil (Uncork’d Entertainment) – August 2nd

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Horror Highlights: ABC’S Of Death 2 1/2: World Competition Edition, Fear, Inc. Clip, Let’S Be Evil

After searching around the world for horror’s most talented filmmakers, Drafthouse Films presents ABC’s of Death 2 1/2: World Competition Edition! The newest ABC’s of Death film will premiere exclusively on Vimeo on August 2nd. Also: a new clip from Fear, Inc., starring Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) and nine new images from Let’s Be Evil.

Abc’s of Death 2 1/2: World Competition Edition Details: Press Release: “Austin, TX (July 25, 2016) – Drafthouse Films has announced the upcoming release of ABC’s of Death 2 1⁄2: World Competition Edition, the result of an extensive global campaign intended to spotlight the most passionate and talented upcoming filmmakers in the horror genre. The latest entry in the beloved franchise will arrive exclusively on Vimeo August 2nd as a $5.99 download or $2.99 rental.

The series, known for its anarchically alphabet­-themed anthology of short films, launched a “Filmmaker Frenzy” competition for the segment devoted to
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Let’S Be Evil Trailer, Poster, & Release Details

“Evil see. Evil do.” We have a trailer and an official poster to share with our readers today for IFC Midnight’s Let’s Be Evil, which is set to be released in select theaters and on VOD and various digital platforms on August 5th.

Press Release: “In Let’S Be Evil, three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control.

Let’S Be Evil was written by Martin Owen with the story by Elizabeth Morris and Owen, based on an original idea by Jonathan Willis. The film stars Elizabeth Morris (L.A. Slasher), Elliot James Langridge, Kara Tointon (Mr. Selfridge) and Isabelle Allen (Les Miserables) and was produced by Jonathan Willis. The film made its world premiere at January’s Slamdance Film Festival, with
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Augmented Reality Games Spin Out of Control in Let's Be Evil

IFC Midnight have shared the first poster and trailer for Martin Owen's cyber thriller, Let's Be Evil. The film made its world premiere at January’s Slamdance Film Festival where it made an impression.

the film was written by Martin Owen with story by Elizabeth Morris and Owen, based on an original idea by Jonathan Willis.

Synopsis:

Three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control.

Let’s Be Evil stars Elizabeth Morris, Elliot James Langridge, Kara Tointon and Isabelle Allen and was produced by Jonathan Willis.

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2 Exclusive Stills from Pander Bros. L.A. Slasher Comic Adaptation

The buzzed about feature film “L.A. Slasher,” directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (“Girls Against Boys”, “The Alphabet Killer”) has recently completed post production. Jonathan Willis (“The Machine”), Shree Patel, Martin Owen and Abigail Wright also produce. “L.A. Slasher” sports an eclectic cast: Danny Trejo (“Machete”), Dave Bautista (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight”), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (“Not Another Celebrity Movie”) and the voice of Andy Dick (“News Radio”). Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. It is a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous, “L.A. Slasher
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