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Little Evil (2017)

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Gary, who has just married Samantha, the woman of his dreams, discovers that her six-year-old son may be the Antichrist.

Director:

Eli Craig

Writer:

Eli Craig
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evangeline Lilly ... Samantha
Owen Atlas ... Lucas
Adam Scott ... Gary
Marcus Terrell Smith ... Dwayne
James Weir ... Mac
Russ Mitchell ... Russ Mitchell
Paul Slimak Paul Slimak ... Homeless Albino
Bridget Everett ... Al
Clancy Brown ... Reverend J.D. Gospel
Rick Applegate Rick Applegate ... Principal
Ken Bolden Ken Bolden ... School Psychiatrist
Chip Zien ... Stepdad Therapist
Chris D'Elia ... Wayne
Kyle Bornheimer ... Victor
Donald Faison ... Larry
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Gary, who has just married Samantha, the woman of his dreams, discovers that her six-year-old son may be the Antichrist.

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Samantha is his dream. Lucas is his nightmare.

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Comedy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pequeno Demónio See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Al is telling the group about his stepson he says, "Let's put on some Rush. Put your hand on a speaker, your hand on your heart, see if you feel something. I said, 'What are you feeling?' He said, 'Nothing.' I said, 'That's America.' He didn't get it." The joke is that they're a Canadian band. See more »

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While at the bar, Bridget Everett's character suggests that she will not go to Bethlehem, Israel. Bethlehem is a Palestinian city in the West Bank. See more »

Quotes

Samantha: Looking at her son's satanic paintings on the ceiling. "So creative!"
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References Damien: Omen II (1978) See more »

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Hold On Tight
Written by Greg Holden and Tofer Brown
Performed by Greg Holden
Courtesy of Warner Bros Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Decent Premise, mediocre execution
1 September 2017 | by knoxfan2008See all my reviews

I wouldn't have watched this if I hadn't loved "Tucker & Dale vs Evil" by Eli Craig, which like "Little Evil" is a parody of a horror sub-genre. Unfortunately this film is entertaining enough that I was never bored, but it lacked the creativity and fast- paced humour a premise like this should have.

It begins promisingly with a lot of funny jokes, but after the first 15 minutes, the jokes kind of take a backseat to the exposition, and the humour becomes less crafted, and more akin to an Apatow joint. Adam Scott is great as usual, and though I expected his sidekick Al to be incredibly annoying, Bridget Everett was having so much fun I warmed to her after a while, Clancy Brown is also good. The rest of the cast is pretty average, Kate from LOST phones it in, and Turk from SCRUBS is distracting, as he's cast as one of the 3 useless comic relief step-dad friends that never have an impact on the story. The kid that played Lucas was also really awful, even by the standards of child actors. Why didn't anyone give this kid better directions. Nothing he or any of the other child actors said or did were well-done at all.

The direction was much better than any modern Apatow-esque comedy. Craig used a lot of horror conventions to his advantage and I wish the script he wrote paralleled his direction, even if the cinematography still looks like a cheap Netflix film. He does however, use identical speed-cutting transitions to Edgar Wright that is incredibly distracting, like with the same sound effects and pacing and everything.

The structure was not great, it lumbered in parts and then sped through the climax at an insane rate. The film also stops several times and repeats aspects, like expositional scenes.

I wish this were as strong as "Tucker & Dale" which I strongly recommend, yet "Little Evil" lacked a great supporting cast, or any innovative way to spin the subject matter. Instead, it's just a funnier version of the Omen, which was already kinda funny to begin with.


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