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EVIL (TO KAKO)
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Reviewed by: Dave Murray

Directed by: Yorgos Noussias

Starring:
Meletis Georgiadis
Argiris Thanasoulas
Stavroula Thomopoulou

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
When three hapless underground workers unleash a buried evil, all of Athens is transformed overnight into the hungry, hungry dead! Throw some survivors into the deep end of the stew, add a little bit of unexpected kung-fu, and watch the Greek gutmunching ensue!
Is it good movie?

There is something particularly cool about European horror movies, almost like they spiked the Med with crazy drugs or some other such concoction, because they seem to follow a formula for fun. Remove all traces of a bothersome story; do away with tedious character development; take some good looking folks who are either a)seriously unlikeable and/or b)galactically stupid, and dump them into the middle of the most insane, balls-to-the-wall violence and gore; keep the action heavy and the mood light; and most important of all...have a hell of a lot of fun making the damned thing.

Much like Argento did with the European cut of Dawn of the Dead, director Noussias accomplishes here with an original gore fest. While the throwaway characters amount to nothing more than food for the undead, and while none of them really stand out, their interactions are entertaining and sometimes funny as hell. The acting is okay for what it needs to be, and the ways in which they randomly break out into martial arts acrobatics and bursts of bloody violence are always good for a laugh. Where did they get these mad killing skills?!? When the world ends and zombies are crawling all over the city, please stick me with more useful folks than this bunch, as their talents for dispatching the dead don't come close to their penchant for dying in severely dumb ways.

The camera work is tight (love those shots of the empty Athens streets), and the gore is top notch (it's all about twitching, spurting heads recently torn open by a shotgun...nice one!)...with all of the stabbings, shootings, bites, gouges, beheadings, feet through heads and all sorts of crazy violent goodness, it's hard to keep track or keep a straight face. One of the strengths of this flick is that it never gets serious, even while pretending to be. It's great to see some genre lovin' from a country that you wouldn't normally expect to contribute to the party, and these guys and gals do it with a hellish glee that is both over the top and well done.

While not the most original of zombie tales, nor the most engrossing, Evil is nevertheless entertaining, ghoulish and a great exercise in extreme gore rarely seen anymore (they definately took a page from Peter Jackson's zombie book on this one, and that's always a good thing). Can't wait to see more. More story would be nice, but if not, keep up the gore level and I'll be happy.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1.

Audio: Greek (Dolby Digital 5.1), with English subtitles.
The Extras
Not much here except for a very very short Photo Gallery and the Original Trailer for the film.
Last Call
As I said, while it wasn't the most original zombie fest, Evil was a damn good genre effort on the basis of the pacing and the copious amounts of gore on display. Fan's of European, action/gore driven horror will love it, and it may even give thinking-horror fans some moments of chuckles and oh-ah coolness. A fine first zombie effort, so much so that I want to see what this director has up his bloody sleeves for next time. Great job guys...keep it up, keep it bloody!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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