‘Time to play’
Evil Little Things is a 2019 American anthology horror feature film about a toymaker with stories to tell.
Directed by Matt Green (No Sin Unpunished; Slaw; A Zombie Invasion) from a screenplay written by Yasmin Bakhtiari and Nancy Knight, the Creepy Doll Films production stars Hannah Fierman (Dead by Midnight (11 pm Central); V/H/S), Geoff McKnight, Courtney Lakin and Zach Galligan (Gremlins).
A young boy discovers a mystical toymaker with stories to tell. The first is about a leprechaun seeking revenge on a defenceless family. The second is of a doll who works evil on her fragile owner.
The toymaker gives the boy a clown named Giggles. Clowns are supposed to be the guardians of happiness, right? These ‘evil little things’ will cause you many sleepless nights…
“Footage has that distinctive washed-out flatness of low-grade digital video. Handheld camerawork becomes especially evident in shaky insert shots where no one wanted to spend ten seconds stabilizing on a tripod to record a three-second cutaway. Evil Little Things doesn’t look sloppy per se, but definitely shows some burn of being in a hurry to get out the door. Culture Crypt
“Despite the minor lazy aspects of the writing, Evil Little Things is the best supernatural doll story I have seen in a while — if each story were allowed to be properly fleshed out they would be doll movies that could say a lot existentially, if not at the very least bring back the campy cheese of family horror films.” Horror Buzz
“Self-conscious, nudge-nudge dialogue doesn’t help Evil Little Things, a movie paced like a particularly weak 80’s TV horror movie and with the washed-out visual style to match. “Movie nearly killed the clown doll business”, notes the weird toymaker of Poltergeist, a reminder of something we’d much rather be watching. Note: never trust a film that can’t even manage to spell its star’s name correctly in the end credits.” Horror Screams Video Vault
“There are so many good horror anthology movies that it’s hard to recommend one that has a mess of a script, can’t decide if it wants to be a full feature or not and is generally just plain bad.” Nerdly
“Evil Little Things doesn’t exactly break new ground when it comes to doll horrors, but if you’re into classic horror anthologies this one should be right up your alley as it tells a trio of nicely told, macabre stories from various corners of the genre with all the surprise twists and turns in the right places, creepy punchlines included.” Search My Trash
” …this still isn’t a particularly good film. The script by Yasmin Bakhtiari and Nancy Knight has some good ideas but can’t capitalise on them. There’s also the common problem with films like Evil Little Things, not being able to afford a lot of effects shots. And non-moving dolls aren’t particularly scary.” Voices from the Balcony
Evil Little Things will be released on DVD and digital VOD on May 12th 2020 by Uncork’d Entertainment.
Cast and characters:
Zach Galligan … Step Dad
Hannah Fierman … Jessica
Geoff McKnight … Doll Maker
Courtney Lakin … Abby
Jonathan Horne … Jeremy
Piper Collins … Katelin
L.A. Winters … Mom
Drew Youngblood … Daniel
Mason Wells … Jason
Timothy J. Richardson … Brian
Randy Uecker … Doctor
Courtney Hogan … Susan
Cory Anderson … Room Service Maid #2
Linda A. Zollo … Room Service Maid #1
Matt Green … (voice)
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1