The Field Guide to Evil – USA, 2018 – reviews

The Field Guide To Evil is a 2018 horror anthology film from the producers of the ABCs of Death and its sequel.

Ant Timpson, the producer behind such Sundance films as Turbo Kid, Deathgasm and The Greasy Strangler, and Tim League, the CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse, joined forces once again.

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The Field Guide To Evil is a feature-length anthology film directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (The LodgeGoodnight Mommy), Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio), Agnieszka Smoczynska (The Lure), Katrin Gebbe (Nothing Bad Can Happen), Can Evrenol (HousewifeBaskin), Calvin Reeder (The Rambler), Ashim Ahluwalia (Miss Lovely), and Yannis Veslemes (Norway).

They are known as myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind’s darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre.

Release:

On March 29, 2019, The Field Guide To Evil was released to movie houses across North America and all digital platforms. It is now available in the USA on Digital and DVD via Universal Pictures.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Put together, it’s a lot of voices in a long package, yet with Strickland, Gebbe, Ahluwalia, and Veslemes providing the best segments, the stronger back half is just about worth sacrificing some time. Plus, if the worst effect of A Field Guide to Evil is that it encourages viewers to study up on creeps and scares of the world, that’s a sacrifice worth making.” Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

“While some of these experiments go up in a puff of smoke, all of them fire on smart efforts whose cinematic sincerity shines through independent of each piece’s success or failure.  The Field Guide to Evil may not have long legs, but a terrific unifying hook is enough to earn appreciation as a memorable endeavor.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“Demonic intrusions into everyday hardscrabble peasant lives are a recurrent theme – as is violence towards goats and other unfortunate livestock – and many of the episodes have an unfinished, anecdote-like feel typical of often-told stories handed down with contradictions and ellipses.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“Its separate episodes are never long enough to offend or outstay their welcome, while some are great in their own right, and their sheer variety is both entertaining in itself and essential to the film’s multicultural viewpoint. These disparate reports might not be useful guides to the areas of the world from which they originate, but they certainly chart the darker regions of our common psychic landscapes.” Anton Bitel, Projected Figures

“Each of the films does a pretty solid job of delivering solid imagery and even a few scares, however, because of the relatively independent nature of each of the segments from one another, there isn’t much that tonally ties the segments together. Right from the start, though, it’s clear that these filmmakers all have an incredible amount of talent that doesn’t require a full feature to see.” J Hurtado, Screen Anarchy

“The short film style usually resorts to having the viewer assume some things to save some time. In some cases, there are things in which it is not necessary to explain much to understand them but overusing this element can cause that the viewer ends up confused and not interested in the story.” Dante Yurei, 10th Circle

” …unsettled and uneven collection of tales meant to induce gooseflesh which only partially succeeds in the goals of its harvest. The reverberating chills left over from “Cobbler’s Lot” may indeed improve The Field Guide to Evil in the memory, where its less-savory stories can safely fade away to make room for the resonance of the film’s more potent and terrifying demons.” Dennis Cozzalio, Trailers from Hell

“I’ll admit, by the end of The Field Guide to Evil I was feeling a little restless. I tend to prefer my anthology films with 3 or 4 stories. However, producers Ant Timpson and Tim League have assembled a mostly enjoyable collection. And thankfully they haven’t stuffed in as many stories as the did in The ABCs of Death films.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

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