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Another Evil follows a family that calls upon on an exorcist to rid their home of a spirit that has suddenly begun haunting the home. As his family takes leave, husband Dan (Steve Zissis) stays in the home with the c-grade exorcist, Os (Mark Proksch), as they attempt to rid the home of the haunting presence. But Dan's suspicions of Os begin to grow as his unorthodox practices devolve.

Another Evil Review

I'm afraid to make this comparison with the implications that may be invoked, but this movie reminded me a lot of Creep. The progression of the characters and atmosphere reminded me a lot of that film. It starts out silly, and then the silly slowly transforms into unsettling, and then devolves from there. I don't want to take away from the progressive success of Creep, but Another Evil certainly holds its own in this regard.

Another Evil seems to spend more time in its humor realm, allowing the awkward dynamic between Dan and Os develop. The film captures well the skepticism associated with such practices and meeting an individual that professes such skills. Even after becoming convinced that your house is experiencing something paranormal, it is an entirely different level of acceptance when witnessing the behavior of a professional exorcist. Even as you recover from having seen a ghost, you can't help but feel a sense of being duped when you see a guy talking to walls and setting up ghost traps.

The honeymoon period ends eventually, as the curiosity at the behavior of the exorcist derails into disgruntled annoyance. We get this through a gradual progression that feels validated without being exasperated. This is moreso a character piece than a ghost story. What does it take for a man to unravel? What is a person willing to do out of desperation?

The film has but a couple of moments that would qualify as horror. It spends much more time with the balancing act of creepiness and humor. I loved the effects work of the spirit, but it isn't a focal point of the story. The story is beyond the haunting, yet it is a quintessential piece.

The pacing can feel slow at times. I felt the same way about Creep, to be honest. It might be worth referencing that this film is not found footage like Creep, but I feel like it achieves much of the same atmosphere. It's an awkward ride down a path of what we are willing to do for those we love and what we think is right.

Horror Rating System

Horror Qualifier: 7/10

Horror Quality: 4/10

Film Quality: 5/10

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