Director: Richard Lowry
Cast: Ryan Quinn Adams, Kevin Alain, Sitara Attaie
Production Company: Giant Meteor Films
Runtime: 82 minutes
Covfefe. There, I’m glad that’s out of the way. The current President of the United States has certainly given us all a lot to talk about. He’s been ridiculed and impersonated more times that I can count. Now, director Richard Lowry takes a few well-aimed shots with his film, President Evil (2018).
In the movie, a psychotic killer escapes from an asylum just before midterm elections. He dons a blue suit and a very familiar mask, before going on to stalk three young women. They just happen to be of Muslim, Mexican, and Haitian decent…
President Evil is a successful spoof of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978). The story is very similar, and the film is even shot in the same way. The music by Robert Douglas is pretty close to Carpenter’s theme, and other similarities echo all the way down to the fonts being used.
The movie is also a scathing parody of Donald Trump and modern politics. Many references are made to comments the POTUS has stated over the years. Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, and Stormy Daniels are also boldly lampooned throughout the story.
The more you know about both of these targets of satire, the more fun you will have with this movie. On the other hand, if you’re a Republican that lacks a sense of humour, you may just find the whole thing rather annoying. Go with the flow, or simply enjoy the ride…
The narrative finally settles into some completely original material about half way into the movie, and takes the time to make some important statements about what it means to be an American citizen. Some stereotypes are knocked down, while others are reinforced. It is a comedy, after all!
For those keeping track, there are clever references to other movies like The Mummy’s Hand (1940), Psycho (1960), The Omen (1976), Suspiria (1977), They Live (1988), and Se7en (1995). Of course, the film’s title is also a play on Resident Evil (2002).
The main problem with making a film that’s so topical is that it may be difficult to relate to in the future. Then again, if Donald Trump were to be re-elected, this movie could remain relevant for some time to come. Now, that’s the stuff of horror sequels!
President Evil combines the events of a classic horror film with current political events. Neither one escapes without taking their fair share of licks…
– John Migliore
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