The Evil Down the Street is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film directed by David J. Espinosa (The Crumbs) from a screenplay co-written with Craig Ahrens. The CRA Entertainment production stars Kelton Jones, Alena Gerard, Tara Milante, Sophia Sparks, David J. Espinosa and Craig Ahrens.
The Ryan family is of suburban picturesque perfection. Parents Michael and Katie (Jones and Gerard) along with their teen daughters Kristen and Maddy have just moved into their dream home. Surrounded by residential splendour, the Ryans immediately unpack and explore their new surroundings.
While Michael is visited by his quirky neighbours who like to gossip about the neighbourhood (in particular, about the former Ryan homeowners), older daughter Kristen uncovers a tucked-away room in the basement that houses an Ouija board. Clearly, that is the portal to the evil spirit world that will be unlocked almost instantly.
Katie is targeted as the maternal siren to become inhabited by the evil demon, who previously took control over the previous mom and sent her straight into a mental institution. Surprising? Not in the least.
The Evil Down the Street provides nothing unique or shocking. Not many scares, no bloodshed and absolutely no paranormal special effects. That actually scores points when the storyline can be pulled off without relying on cheap tricks that often dumb down the plot for the viewer.
However, the plot inches along in a stable manner as Katie’s behaviour changes from doting wife and mother to a devilishly clad sex kitten who grips her vodka like a pet. The girls fear of mom builds while Michael’s observation is more like a ball of confusion.
Of course like any possession film, in walks the priest coming to cleanse the house and perform an impromptu exorcism. Espinosa does a superb job as the matter-of-fact clergyman, pinpointing the malevolent spirit within Katie and testing its influence.
The scariest part of The Evil Down the Street is during the opening credits. Yep, it’s a ‘based on true events.” Once again.
Although it doesn’t completely deliver on the typical sinister tone of a possession movie, this is at least worth the watch to see a bit of comic relief thrown in by writer Craig Aherns as he desperately tries to reel in his chatterbox of a wife.
Meredith Brown, MOVIES & MANIA
“The Evil Down the Street is horror-light. There’s nothing wrong with that; horror, after all, comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. There’s still more than enough to keep you invested throughout the 97-minute runtime once the first third gives way to the more evenly paced and less rushed middle third and the strong (and surprisingly positive) finish.” Get on My Damn Level!! review
“The Evil Down the Street has all the key components to be something bigger than it ended up being. If the horror volume was tuned up several notches, it could have easily been a subgenre sleeper hit. Instead, it ended up being a well-polished, expertly filmed and performed piece of cinema that won’t keep the attention of its target audience.” Horror Society
“There are some atmospheric moments and jump scares in The Evil Down the Street. Quite a few of them in fact, it does what it does well. It’s better than a lot of these films like First House on the Hill or Ouija Seance. It has some good performances too, especially from Jones in a role that’s the opposite of the one he played in Dry Blood. But the familiar material and handling keep dragging it back down.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony
Cast and characters:
- Kelton Jones … Michael Ryan – Miranda Veil; Dry Blood
- Alena Gerard … Katie Ryan – The Crumbs
- Tara Milante … Kristen Ryan
- Sophia Sparks … Maddy Ryan – Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- David J. Espinosa … Father Bob
- Craig Ahrens … Bill Lawford – A Place in Hell
- Michael Hudson … Adam
- Buzz Cuccia … Darren
- Deborah Ramaglia … Penny Lawford
- Alain Azoulay … Don Archer
- Michelle Lisset … Nicole
- Rikki Valentina … Brittney (as Rikki McPike)
- Albert Manfre … Al