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[FrightFest Review] ‘Our Evil’ is Emotionally Charges and Violent

[FrightFest Review] ‘Our Evil’ is Emotionally Charges and Violent

Guillermo Del Toro has become the king of blending the worlds of the living and the dead. So many of his films explore a world of ghosts and monsters lying just beyond the boundaries of spiritually touched individuals. Brazilian filmmaker Samuel Galli explores similar ground in Our Evil, a film that shape shifts and transforms before the viewer from French extremism to South American spirituality.

Arthur‘s (Ademir Esteves) steady exterior hides a trembling soul as he searches the dark web for a hitman, Charles (Ricardo Casella). His instructions are very clear, but they’re not something he wants to talk about, instead opting to gather everything on a USB stick, which he hands over with the cash. After their meeting, Charles takes a pair of prostitutes home and proceeds to torture and mutilate them for his own sexual pleasure. Arthur, however, goes home to his loving daughter to bake her a cake.

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It’s impressive that Galli manages to convince in both modes and that such seemingly opposing scenes both feel at home in a single movie. Dark and light live side-by-side, beautifully marbled as opposed to the “grey areas” that every other TV show explores on a weekly basis. The best of the world and the worst: feeling so far apart yet bonded on a molecular level.

The film also benefits from a pair of very good performances from the two men. Galli turned to local theatre actors and worked with them to tone down their performance style for the camera. Whatever he did, it worked. Like a Brazilian D’Onofrio, Esteves‘ stony exterior is a picture of intense sadness about to burst as a single tear rolls down his cheek.

Our Evil is an emotionally charged film featuring harrowing acts of violence. It covers a whole spectrum of emotions, styles and horror conventions, and yet manages to hold it all together. For all the sadness, it’s a film that aches with hope and values life, in all forms.



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  • Otterlee

    /adds to the watchlist

  • Unknown User

    we are being spoiled for good horror movies in the next few months. i love it!

  • Youri Gavrilov

    Saw this during MIFF 2017. It is rather tough and brutal movie, that does have a nice moral. I can almost compare it with “At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul” (the original COFFIN JOE), but it is much better executed, with better actors and much wider emotional range.

    All-in-all – a perfect non-Hollywood movie: it’s got great production values and a very strong non-Hollywood mentality.

  • Lady Bathory

    I didn’t get the intro part about Guillermo del Toro… What does he have to do with this?
    Also, the article kinda lost me when mentioning a guy torturing women for his pleasure. I think I’ll pass…

    • Db

      He has very little to do with this. Tangentially related due to the light/dark, living/dead thing. So either it was a deliberate decision to get you to click on the article because you’d see the first few words, or this writer is just stringing ideas together in an effort to emulate a writer with knowledge and authority.

    • I made the comparison to give a sense of the unconventional tone of the film. Del Toro has the ability to go to really dark places in his films, but it’s always for a purpose and as a juxtaposition to the beauty he sees in the world.

    • SpaceManSpliffz .

      C O N T E X T

  • Sean Revoltah

    emotionally charges?

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