EVIL EVERYWHERE (2019) Reviews of demonic comedy horror

 

‘You never know when death will come knocking!’

Evil Everywhere is a 2019 American comedy horror film about a trio of college students who must band together to face off a demonic force. The feature is a semi-sequel to the short film Paura Tutto (“Fear Everything”) which can be watched online below.

Written, directed by and co-starring Mykee Morettini, the Mordacious Films production also stars Dylan Greenberg (Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High; Dark Prism), Corrinne Mica (Nightfall; Shadow Marsh) and Brian Harmony.

Plot:

In 1985, an ancient evil began slaughtering the high school senior class in alphabetical order – but it was stopped.

Two years later the evil has resurfaced, and twenty-year-old Jake Davis hunts down Zeke Zanderfeldt – a reclusive former classmate who put an end to the evil previously – to find a pattern to take down the evil again.

Along with former high school theatre queen Julia Lochley (who also practices in the dark arts), the trio band together against the demonic force that is claiming young lives each day. But what they discover might be more complicated than any of them bargained for…

Reviews:

Evil Everywhere is a bit of a mess, but that is also its charm. So many aspects of this film are critic fodder, and it would be easy to write the film off as a mess. But when all these aspects are looked at as a whole, Evil Everywhere is greater than the sum of its parts. If you are a story stickler, stay away.” Horror Buzz

Evil Everywhere is a throwback to 80s horror films and the rough grindhouse films of the 70s. With that being said, the film has a sense of humor and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Some genre fans will be turned off by this but if you enjoy films like Blood Junkie and the works of Chris Seaver then you will appreciate what Evil Everywhere brings to the table.” Horror Society

“Things are written seemingly just to cover plot holes at times […] If there’s anything good here, then it’s the practical effects for the death scenes. An arm getting ripped off of a character and then used as a weapon against them is about as funny and gory as it gets.” Nerdly

“It nails the vibe of old grindhouse-y films while also being pleasant and new, a perfect blend of familiar and exciting. The film has the good sense not to take itself too seriously, a clear vision of how to nail down its retro vibe and stretches a paper-thin budget to make it work. It’s rough and confusing. A hot mess that audiences won’t want any other way.” Rue Morgue

“It leans into the cheesiness of its low-budget roots, and the genre that inspired it. I love the look of the film, and the soundtrack by Patrick Casey, Patrick Ryan Deasy and Mykee Morettini (who’s also the cinematographer). The performances are as perfunctory as you expect from this genre, and there’s a level of absurdity in the plotting and execution of the story that is fun and goes with the tone.” Sonic Cinema

“Morettini wisely keeps the film short and at least somewhat focused with jokes that should appeal to its audience. If you can deal with the film’s cheapness and intentional cheesiness, this is an amusing stew of demons, evil priests and heroes who are in way over their heads. If you haunted your local video store looking for films like Evil Clutch and Specters then Evil Everywhere should appeal to you.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

Evil Everywhere is being issued by Wild Eye Releasing on DVD and Digital on May 25, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Dylan Mars Greenberg … ‘Sister’ Nun
Corrinne Mica … Julia Lochley
Mykee Morettini … Zeke Zanderfeldt
Brian Harmony … Professor Reinhardt
Leonardo Jiménez … Sean
Glenn Ohman … Doctor / Fake Shemp
Margaret Morettini … News Reporter On TV
Mia Morettini … Girl On Bridge
John Davies … Father Michaels
Jessica Rabid … Angela Baker
Brandon Salazar … Additional Voices
Pierson Dapier … Mental Patient
Lewis Gabanski … Typewriter Guy
Patrick Acello … Roland Hartley / Guy On Bridge
Harley Hyde … Charlotte Davenport / Trixie Cavanaugh

Filming locations:

Illinois

Technical details:

64 min
Audio: Stereo
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

Trailer:

MOVIES and MANIA round-up review and rating:

With Evil Everywhere filmmaker Mykee Morettini was clearly aiming for an 80s retro vibe, complete with a synth score, so it’s odd he chose to use fake film scratches and an ill-suited widescreen format more fitting the grindhouse films from a decade earlier rather than a 4:3 full-frame VHS look. Beyond the incongruity of such technical decisions, this is a fairly fun homage to shot-on-video splatterfests and there’s a high kill count with some amusingly amateurish effects that add to the charm.

As might be expected, the plot is just an excuse for the onscreen carnage, the acting is pretty atrocious (especially an unlikely-looking cop who has way too much screen time) and the editing is all over the place. However, if you’re willing to overlook such trivial movie-making matters you may well enjoy Evil Everywhere for its minor micro-budget charm.