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If You Think You're Alone... Think Again In the middle of nowhere, five young friends are trapped in an unrelenting nightmare when a sinister stranger armed with a video camera turns a birthday weekend into a terrifying fame of cat and mouse. Packed with heart-stopping twists and turns, this riveting thriller in the style of Paranormal Activity delivers one chill after the next!
Evil Things is a wonderfully creepy little thriller that has everything most films of this genre lack - a compelling storyline, really effective acting, and filmmakers that actually appreciate true suspense and know how to manifest it on film. I love blood and gore even more than the next guy, but the reality is that blood and gore are often used to prop up movies lacking a decent plot. The truly remarkable horror film does not require blood to be shed on camera and usually succeeds much better without it. Evil Things is a case in point. I've watched and reviewed hundreds and hundreds of horror films, and I'm telling you that I want to shout from the rooftops about just how good this movie is. I really can't understand why so many people hate it so much.
This film works because it is wholly believable - and disquietingly so. Let's face it: the odds are quite low that your camping trip will turn in to a fight for survival against a family of inbred cannibals or three days and nights of terror against an evil spirit of legend, that those quasi-friends of yours who unexpectedly invited you for a weekend on the lake are really planning on sacrificing you to some demi-god, or that some dude is going to stumble up to your cabin with some form of hellishly contagious, organ-liquefying disease. Films with those kinds of plots can certainly scare you - but only up to a point. Evil Things, in contrast, tells a story that you can envision really happening - and, just to boost things up a notch, it all goes down in a place you would normally feel safe and secure. I'm not talking about coming home to find some dangerous psycho waiting for you or waking up to find an intruder - that's much too quick and easy.Read more ›
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Evil Boring ThingsNov. 19 2011
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My review contains spoilers.
This film borrow heavily from The Blair Witch Project. In fact, in some places, it's almost identical. Straight from the opening cut as the kids are leaving home and getting in the car, we realize this film is mirroring Blair Witch in a distorted way. This film blatantly rewrites some of Blair Witch's scenes even down to talking about food, doing interviews, etc. They even get lost in the woods, which, in my book was stupid. They carry on about being lost, oh what do we do, we are lost, we will die here. Well, since it did snow heavily the night before, and it's not snowing now, maybe follow your own tracks back. bet you never thought of that, little Einsteins!
The characters are very uninteresting. Only at one point, the lead female puts on a man's wig, and acts like another character's mother, does the film get entertaining.
The film took almost 50 minutes of bad acting before anything really interesting happens. And that is when a video tape shows up on the front porch. They watch the tape and realize they themselves have been watched. That concept was chilling. But that was it for spooky parts. There were a few minor ones after that, but, that's not even really worth the time or money to sit through this for that thrill.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I'll never get my hour and a half back. D;Aug. 10 2011
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This movie is TERRIBLE! IT has NO plot. What you read above is all there is (only worse.)
The "crazed" stalker is just someone who honked at their car and passed them, only later to be found stopped ahead for whatever reason. That is the movies crazed stalker. They get freaked out when they see the van in a -- hold your breath kids -- gas station filling up on gas. Wow. That has the thumb print of Satan all over it, right?
The guy has this impossibly big camera. It's somewhat smaller than the ones they use nowadays. It was the kind you have to put on your shoulder and he seemingly carried it everywhere. That must be some very strong battery (and arm muscles.)
These kids are the only kids who can get lost outside after a snow storm. They were all freaking out about "being lost". It wasn't snowing nor was there a wind. The camera guy panned around to show evidence of animal tracks but the snow was largely untouched (and the animal tracks couldn't have been made by an animal larger than a cat.) I wanted to say, FFS! Turn around, look down, and follow your tracks. Then again we wouldn't get award winning lines like "is that... AN ANIMAL?!" They're in a foresty area. One of the guys says "what? An ANIMAL?! Here? In the WOODS?! NEVER!"
The tension goes up when the poor, haunted kids get a two crank calls and a pounding at the door. After the prerequisite screaming, tears and OMIGAHS!, one goes out to see a present was left. Was it a dead animal? Nope. A poor, mutilated doll that said "your next"? Nah. Satanic symbols painted on the porch with obviously fake blood? Uh uh. It was a video tape. Do our heros A) call the cops? B) Get the hell out of dodge? C) get some weapons to protect themselves? or D) watch the movie?
I think the fact that they had whoever this thing way was filming them because they probably thought halfway through the movie that having the main video guy holding the camera would seem... I don't don't. I little unreal. ;P I don't know why, though. We learn nothing. The guy tells one of the girls to hold his camera and to make certain she gets a shot of whoever that person is, but we never see it.
We never see why this person was after them too. I have a very hard time believe that because someone honked twice behind you, sped up and passed you, than you seeing him at the side of the road warrants some psycho insane stalker thing.
You don't see anything that happens to the kids. The cover is the face one of the girls makes. We don't see why or what happens afterward. My face was stuck in that position after I finished this movie (the HORROR! HORROR!) It still is, which was awkward at work last night.
For some reason they tacked on 10 minutes of random shots of central park in the fall. There is no given reason for this, but honestly I wasn't surprised. They probably said "WTF. If they've watched it this far than they've earned it." That was almost funny too. I mean, it was all random people until the camera man saw a couple actors being filmed than focused entirely on them.
Queue the credits (in which we see the "scary" video we just watched 20 mins ago.) This goes on longer than the credits. Some minutes after the credits are done we see a "no animals were harmed in the making of this film" (there were no animals seen in the movie) and then a random mishmash of nursery rhymes that they tried to make vaguely scary but failed.
AVOID THIS MOVIE! Though it may prove to be an interesting drinking game.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Atmospheric GemJune 3 2014
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This is a wonderfully creepy little thriller that I'm glad I found. I've watched it several times now, and the scene in the woods never fails to raise the hair on my arms. It will probably be slammed as just another low budget horror flick with no-name talent. But this is a great movie. The tension builds quickly over the course of two days and fulminates in the awesomely spine-tingling finish at the front door. Glad I came across this one when I was searching for another movie. It turned out to be much better than the movie I was originally looking for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
there was way too much dumb screaming from the girlsOct. 10 2014
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Gosh....that was extremely anti-climatic. *sigh* Besides the whole "found footage" feel of the movie, all it did was leave a TON of questions that apparently will never be answered. Also, there was way too much dumb screaming from the girls. Don't waste your time watching this one, the only "Evil Things" about this movie is that it exists. Blah!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.2 Stars. Found footage garbage. Tries to be a cross between Blair Witch and Cabin in the Woods.Nov. 9 2014
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1.2 stars. I really wish Amazon would finesse its rating system by having more than 5 stars. Yeah, Evil Things stinks, but it's not as bad as some of the ones I've watched. Not quite as bad, anyway. With 10 or 100 stars, a person could really pinpoint reviews. Probably Amazon has studied whether to have 5 or 500 stars and concluded that a scale of 1 to 5 stars is best.
Okay, movie review- it stinks. Completely predictable as are most horror flicks. "Found footage" by definition means that everyone dies. Shaky camera, bunch of friends on a weekend trip, in some isolated spot without cell phone bars, one blockhead with a brand new video camera, blockhead annoys his friends with brand new video camera, lots of hokey screaming, really bad acting, and tons of stupidity. Stupidity in the dialogue, acting, plot, production, etc. There is a modicum of originality- the end credits edit back and forth between the credits and a recap of the movie in snippets from the point of view of the killer / psycho / or whatever. Don't see that much in any moves. That lifts it up from 1.1 star to 1.2. My guess is that some talented person in the production came up with that idea but any other good idea s/he may have had was shot down by the rest of the hacks. The credit thing versus POV of "Evil Thing(s)" was a compromise.
Hardly worth the effort of watching. I like some background B horror movie on my Kindle when I'm making cute children's toys in my basement wood shop. I scanned through a dozen movies before settling on this one. By the time I realized this flick was hopeless, I had my fingers covered in adhesive goo and couldn't touch the Kindle so I was stuck (no pun intended). The good news is that I could run my belt sander for a minute or so and not miss anything because it was just that predictable.