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The Evil Within (2017)

Not Rated | | Horror | 30 August 2017 (Indonesia)
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The sadistic tale of a lonely, mentally handicapped boy who befriends his reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature orders him to go on a murderous rampage to kill the people he loves most.

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Andrew Getty

Writer:

Andrew Getty
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Patrick Flanery ... John Peterson
Dina Meyer ... Lydia
Frederick Koehler ... Dennis Peterson
Michael Berryman ... Cadaver
Francis Guinan ... Dr. Preston
Brianna Brown ... Ice Cream Sue
Kim Darby ... Mildy Torres
Matthew McGrory ... Giant at Overlook Cafe
Tim Bagley ... Pete
Randy Sklar ... Cop #1
Jason Sklar ... Cop #2
Don Stanton ... Cop #3
De Anna Joy Brooks De Anna Joy Brooks ... Mom at Carnival
Greyson Turner ... Young Dennis at Carnival
Linda S. Nelson Linda S. Nelson ... New Ice Cream Shop Girl
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The mentally handicapped thirty year-old man Dennis lives with his older brother John. When John decorates his room with an antique mirror, Dennis has nightmares and finds evil in his reflection. His reflected image forces him to kill people including his beloved ice-cream seller Susan and Dennis becomes a serial-killer. Meanwhile John's girlfriend Lydia decides to move in together with John and Dennis ignoring the threat of her brother-in-law. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You Can't Run From a Nightmare

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Horror

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Production of the film began in 2002, but was plagued by many delays including: funding issues, conflicts with cast, and a lawsuit from a studio assistant. After many stops and starts to the production, filming was completed in 2008. Getty began obsessing over the final edit of the film and spent many years working to perfect it, but he unfortunately died in 2015 before it could be completed. Producer Michael Luceri, who had also assisted with the editing, finished the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Dennis Peterson: Life is a story. People think dreams are stories. They seem like stories, but they're not.
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Some good visual ideas but uneven on the whole
21 April 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

A mentally handicapped young man lives with his older brother. The older sibling has guilt in that he was responsible for an incident leading to his brother's condition. One day he buys him a large antique mirror which unfortunately turns out to be an evil artefact that talks to the little brother from another dimension, imploring him to commit horrendous acts.

Quite amazingly, this movie was filmed over a period of fifteen years, which is a huge time period to focus on one project and which is not really at all obvious from the finished film. The director was Andrew Getty who was one of the heirs to the Getty family fortune, this allowed him to plough millions of his own money into the film but he seems to have been a troubled individual and ended up dying before the film was released. If I'm being totally honest, I'm not sure the end results justify the huge amount of time that was invested in this project. It certainly has some good Lovecraftian imagination at times, with some imaginative macabre imagery and creatures but I felt it was held back somewhat by the central performance of Frederick Koehler as the disturbed brother, who I found quite grating throughout. The story in general is okay but not especially remarkable, the strengths of this one lie mainly with some of its visual ideas which are often successfully surreal and nightmarish. On the whole, there are some worthwhile ideas interwoven into this one but I thought it to be a bit uneven on the whole.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2017 (Indonesia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Guadalupe, California, USA See more »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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