LITTLE EVIL (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘Samantha is his dream. Lucas is his nightmare’

Little Evil is a 2017 American comedy horror film written and directed by Eli Craig (Zombieland TV pilot; Tucker and Dale vs. Evil). It stars Evangeline Lilly, Adam Scott and Owen Atlas.

Gary (Adam Scott) marries Samantha (Evangeline Lilly), the woman of his dreams, only to discover her six year-old son (Owen Atlas) may be the Antichrist…

The Netflix film was first shown on September 1, 2017.


“…Little Evil remains light enough to connect, even when it showcases gruesome deaths and demonic antagonism. It’s immensely enjoyable at times, restoring faith in Craig and his growing reputation for chipper chillers.” Brian Orndorf,

“All in, this is a fairly throwaway movie. The beats are familiar, it’s just that Gary’s merry band of misfits consists of a step-dad support group. There are some laughs to be had here, and if you’re a fan of horror, it’s fun to play Where’s Waldo with the references.” Assholes Watching Movies

“The horror elements while fun and campy, never actually hit that true satisfying horror moment so this is absolutely more comedy than horror. And the ending for me personally felt a little too cheesy, but I’m not sure how else it could’ve ended, so I won’t complain too much. Overall it was super entertaining…” Addicted to Horror Movies

“The unabashed affection on display for genre cinema is cute, and if you meet the movie on its own terms there is fun to be had. Still, while it’s all very well-intentioned and easy to digest, it’s also pretty forgettable come the end.” Kieran Fisher, Film School Rejects

“While this won’t win any awards for its terror, it maintains a good balance for humour and storytelling that allows the subject matter to be an enjoyable romp and prestige to the genre rather than a parody.” Martyn Wakefield, Bloodguts UK Horror

“The more structured story, stronger jokes and tighter writing make it a better movie than Tucker and Dale vs Evil (yeah, I said it) but it’s let down by the broadness of the comedy and mishandling of its tiny monster. Little Evil is very funny, charming and extremely agreeable, but it’s just a bit too, well, little.

Choice dialogue:

Al: “Wow! Someone wants to buy that freaky old nunnery, man? No, way! You think they gonna make it like into a sex dungeon or something?”

Reverend Gospel: “I just love the smell of an old-fashioned nunnery! Don’t you?”

Gary Bloom: “Listen to me, I had worms coming out of my nose last night!”

Gozomel: “So, what makes you think you’re stepson is the spawn of Satan?”

Main cast:

  • Adam Scott as Gary Bloom, Samantha’s husband and Lucas’s step-father (Ghosted; Piranha 3D; Hellraiser: Bloodline)
  • Evangeline Lilly as Samantha Bloom, Gary’s wife and Lucas’s mother
  • Owen Atlas as Lucas, Samantha’s son and Gary’s step-son
  • Bridget Everett as Al, Gary’s lesbian co-worker and best friend
  • Sally Field as Miss Shaylock
  • Clancy Brown as Reverend Gospel
  • Kyle Bornheimer as Victor
  • Chris D’Elia as Wayne
  • Donald Faison as Larry
  • Carla Gallo as Wendy
  • Tyler Labine as Karl C. Miller, the wedding videographer
  • Brad Williams as Gozomel


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