I'm a sucker for haunted house movies. As a believer in the paranormal, it's one of the few subgenres which has the capacity to scare me, since I believe it very plausible that it could happen to me at some point in my life. So when I started watching 1978's The Evil, I was pretty amped up. The film is about a man who buys an abandoned mansion, with the intent to open a rehab clinic, but as renovations get underway, he and his team discover that the house is full of dark and malevolent spirits and entities.
The Evil has a lot of promise and potential but it loses itself as it progresses. The first ten minutes of the movie are excellent and set a standard that, unfortunately, isn't matched again. The script is very straightforward, at least until the end of the movie, and it's a quality that I appreciate. We are interested in seeing paranormal activity occurring, and that's precisely what we get. There's nothing frivolous or unnecessary added to the movie, and even though some of the effects are questionable, it still makes for a decent viewing experience.
But I wonder if perhaps the premise is a bit too thin, because the film feels very stretched out. The director struggles to maintain suspense as the movie moves forward, and I think it’s because the plot and script don't afford him enough material. At some points, I began feeling a bit bored, and I think it's because too much of the same thing was happening over and over again.
With that said, The Evil is still a cool, low budget flick, and one that should be seen by anyone who's interested in the paranormal. With good set design, cinematography, and score, it's worthy of multiple viewings, so long as you aren't expecting anything mind blowing.
What are some other lesser known haunted house films that you could recommend?
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