EVIL TAKES ROOT: THE CURSE OF THE BATIBAT (2020) Review and overview

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Evil Takes Root: The Curse of the Batibat is a 2020 American horror feature film about a paranormal investigator who has to face an ancient evil demon.

Directed by Chris W. Freeman from a screenplay co-written with Aaron Mack, the Genre Labs-Elevate Pictures production stars Nicholas Gonzalez, Sean Carrigan, Stevie Lynn Jones and John Churchill.


Paranormal investigator, Felix Fojas (Nicholas Gonzalez) arrives in a sleepy Midwestern town to investigate the mysterious loss of his old lover, Amanda, and reconcile sins of the past. He quickly discovers she fell victim to the Batibat, an ancient evil demon that followed her home from the Philippines.

Now Felix must battle the forces of evil and unravel the mystery of the Batibat in order to save Amanda’s daughter, Sarah (Stevie Lynn Jones), from its hellish grip…


“There are several well-shot hallucination scenes as the demon begins to flex its powers. There’s also a scene where the possessed Sarah walks through the rain in only a soaked nightgown that straddles a line between scary and sexy […] Infuriatingly bland where it could have been something interesting Evil Takes Root is another case of wasted potential.” Voices from the Balcony


In the USA, Mill Creek Entertainment will release the movie on DVD + Digital on September 15th 2020.

Buy DVD + Digital HD via Amazon.com

Cast and characters:

Nicholas Gonzalez … Felix Fojas
Sean Carrigan … Doctor Thane Noles
Stevie Lynn Jones … Sarah Noles
John Churchill … Sherriff Roy Garland
Adetokumboh M’Cormack … Father Olawale
Constance Brenneman … Mandy Noles
Reagan Belhorn … Christina
Thomas Downey … Father Weller
Jane Mowder … Sister Rowan
Laurence Hokes … Deputy Mullins
Deanna Sherman … Miriam
Jeffrey R. Newman … Deputy Gage
Debbie Doebereiner … Sergeant Speakman
Meghan Garber … Riley
Chloe Garner … Fiona

Filming locations:

Columbus, Johnstown and Mount Vernon, Ohio

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