Director: Ari Kirschenbaum
Cast: Charlene Amoia, Vladimir Kulich, Tony Todd
Production Company: Simian Tales Productions
Runtime: 95 minutes
Live Evil (2015) delivers in a lot of ways. It has horror, comedy, great effects, zombies, and so much more. The film was directed by Ari Kirschenbaum who also made Bat $#*! Crazy (2011).
The movie takes place on Halloween, in a small college town that is besieged by supernatural evil. The town’s sheriff and his deputies try to maintain order, but they’re routinely subjected to psychic attacks that are meant to test their convictions.
The wonderful cast consists of Charlene Amoia from Blood Reaper (2004), Vladimir Kulich from Necronomicon (1993), and Vincent Ward from Ulterior Motives: Reality TV Massacre (2016). You may also remember Kulich as The Beast from Angel, and Ward as Oscar from The Walking Dead.
Tony Todd from Night of the Living Dead (1990) and Wishmaster (1997) also makes an appearance as a beleaguered pastor. Watching Todd turn his face away from a swarm of insects was very amusing, especially if you remember his role in Candyman (1992).
The apocalyptic tone of this film reminds me a lot of John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness (1987). The comical elements also reminded me of the dark humour found in They Live (1988). Followers of John Carpenter’s work will likely enjoy this epic too.
Live Evil is in black and white for the first half of the movie, using colour only for stylish sequences that usually feature a lot of blood. The movie only switches over to full colour once the evil forces are completely released upon the unsuspecting world.
The movie is broken down into separate chapters, each represented by its own title card. This was a good addition considering the changes that occur throughout the movie. It was another feature that helped to emphasize the film’s stylistic flair.
The zombies look as though they just stepped off an Iron Maiden album cover! Some even looked like Nathan’s Corpse from Creepshow (1982). So, in case there’s any doubt, that means they look fantastic! The final moments played out like a really good Italian zombie movie from the 80s.
The movie was made under the working title Grave Walkers, but I’m glad they went with a palindrome instead. It helps to emphasize that Live Evil has ties to both horror and comedy. It isn’t often that a film succeeds on so many levels.
– John Migliore
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