When I quickly realized that this movie was going to be another one of those "lost footage" efforts and that it would be shot with one hand-held camera, I started to hit the eject button.
I'm glad I didn't.
Director Dominic Perez takes this template and revitalizes it into making EVIL THINGS into a moderately scare delight.
We're introduced to a car full of All-American college kids--two boys, three girls--who are traveling to a friend's manor out in the snowy woods. On the way, a van begins to play games with them--honking its horn, cutting in front of them and forcing them to drive slow. We sense this is going to be a crucial fear factor later on.
But for the next 50 minutes, we watch the photographed antics of the group as they have a birthday party, they sit around and get drunk. The next day they get lost in the snowy woods. Since it's not snowing, one wonders why they couldn't just follow their own footsteps back into the house.
All this time we're waiting for SOMETHING to happen and it finally does--heralded by phone calls, a pounding on the front door, a package left on the steps, a videotape made by someone whose gotten into the house at night and filmed them asleep.
when the creeper finally comes into the house, the girls all shriek and run upstairs and wait for the boys to protect them. I was surprised that these healthy, strong girls behaved so idiotically. Not only did they do nothing to protect themselves, they never even armed themselves with a butcher knife, a heavy vase, nothing. They were like throwbacks to women characters in films of the past. They stood by weakly, offering no aide to their male protectors.
The movie ends on a disturbing note. We have no idea what happened to the group. While the credits roll, we see curious scenes of a stalker in NYC, and another scene perhaps of the killer, while he watches several TV screens, including the footage he shot in the death house.
I'm looking forward to more movies from this director.