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“He has been spot­ted armed with a meat cleaver in one hand and his gen­i­tals in the other. We re­turn you to your usual pro­gram­ming.” Blood Diner

The Break-out: The Evil Within

Writer-di­rec­tor An­drew Getty — of the oil bil­lion­aire fam­ily — be­gan work on

The Evil Within in 2002, shot most of it circa 2006 and was still tin­ker­ing with his self-fi­nanced mas­ter­piece when he died in 2015. com­pleted by col­lab­o­ra­tors, it now emerges as a very strange beast.

With its generic ti­tle, key hor­ror star Michael Ber­ry­man (The Hills Have Eyes) and a de­vel­op­men­tally chal­lenged se­rial killer pro­tag­o­nist, The Evil Within could have clut­tered VHS shelves along with many

Pup­pet Master, Wish­mas­ter or Mir­ror Mir­ror se­quels. But, even with­out its van­ity project sta­tus, it’d be re­mark­able, un­usual and fas­ci­nat­ing.

den­nis (Fred­er­ick Koehler), a child sa­vant who has be­come a brain-dam­aged adult, is cared for by guilt-rid­den brother John (Sean Pa­trick Flan­ery), whose long-suf­fer­ing girl­friend Ly­dia (dina Meyer) com­plains, “When i said i wanted a baby, i meant the cute kind not the 30-year-old mas­tur­bat­ing kind.” the stut­ter­ing, shy den­nis’ ar­tic­u­late, de­monic dop­pel­gänger ap­pears in an an­tique mir­ror and per­suades him to be­come a se­rial killer — first of pets, then of chil­dren, fi­nally of adults. Ber­ry­man is also an in­car­na­tion of a dark force in den­nis’ mind — in a bizarre hal­lu­ci­na­tion, the de­monic pres­ence puts a zip in den­nis’ back, then takes off his skin whole and pulls it over his own body. A gi­ant spi­der-thing also pops out of the pro­tag­o­nist’s imag­i­na­tion. Getty crafts as­ton­ish­ing spe­cial ef­fects and has a knack for strik­ing non sequitur talk — even the glar­ing plot lapses and awk­ward tran­si­tions are jus­ti­fi­able in a film which fol­lows the logic of a nightmare. not for every­one, but not to be dis­missed as self-in­dul­gent camp either.

The Round-up: Do The Twists

de­spite the Warn­ings, cab­ins in the woods re­main pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions among doomed char­ac­ters in hor­ror films. in Mauro Bor­relli’s Fi­nal Re­call, a fa­mil­iar quin­tet of bland young folks are se­verely in­con­ve­nienced by a global alien at­tack (big saucers loom­ing out of clouds). Wes­ley Snipes twitches and rasps as a crazed ex-as­tro­naut/alien ab­ductee eager for pay­back when the in­vaders re­turn to his neck of the woods. de­riv­a­tive and in­co­her­ent, it has de­cent aliens and the fi­nale springs some in­ter­est­ing ideas.

Shel­don Wilson’s The Un­spo­ken (aka The Haunt­ing Of Briar House) also saves its best plot twists for the end and is lit­tered with fa­mil­iar ideas, but has bet­ter per­for­mances, fresher char­ac­ters and an un­usual col­li­sion of gen­res. Mis­fit teen Jodelle Fer­land (Case 39,

Tide­land) takes a job look­ing af­ter a new creepy kid (Sunny Suljic) in the lo­cal haunted house. Apart from poltergeist ac­tiv­ity, her job is made dif­fi­cult by drug gang­sters who con­cealed their stash in the base­ment. The Un­spo­ken of­fers grue­some phe­nom­ena, jump scares and creepy tele­ki­netic ef­fects, and its last-reel rev­e­la­tion is mem­o­rably and in­ge­niously out­ra­geous.

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