31 Days of Reviews: Little Evil (2017)

A newlywed starts to think that his new stepson may actually be the anti-christ.

Little Evil is a Netflix original horror-comedy, starring Adam Scott (Parks and Rec, Krampus), Evangeline Lilly (Lost, Ant-Man), Bridget Everett (Girls), Sally Field (The Amazing Spider-Man), Clancy Brown (Highlander), Chris D’Elia (Whitney), and Owen Atlas. It’s directed by Eli Craig, known for his 2010 cult classic Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.

Similar to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Craig’s new movie, Little Evil, is a subversion of horror tropes. It relies heavily on the creepy kid sub-genre of horror, the most obvious reference being The Omen. There are several other movie references sprinkled throughout that genre lovers will notice.

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Viewers will very quickly realize that the subtext within Little Evil is about parenthood, specifically fatherhood and what that means. Gary (Adam Scott) marries Samantha (Evangeline Lilly) and becomes stepfather to her son Lucas. He attempts to bond with Lucas, but all of his attempts are futile. In return, Lucas does some pretty weird stuff. This leads Gary on a journey to discover that his stepson might be a “little evil,” but really, who isn’t?

This movie had a lot of heart in it, and it was clear that a message was present. At times, it felt like the story wasn’t working cohesively with itself. It’s a tough task to mix horror and comedy. They require very different tones. I know the director was successful blending these two genres in his previous feature Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (which I have not seen as of writing this review), but it doesn’t feel like Little Evil is as successful in that regard.

It has its tropes. Many of the characters just seem like shells to push the narrative further. While it feels like a decent satire for most of its duration, it does have some jokes that could have been left on the cutting room floor. The horror elements could have been pushed further. The comedy wasn’t consistent enough to stick. The idea was pretty interesting in itself, but it feels like it was played too safe.

With that being said, Little Evil is still a good time. It’s a fun movie that may be a good start off point to get into the Halloween spirit. Adam Scott served as a really good anchor for the story. Without him, it may not have come across as good as it did. It’s not the most memorable movie, but it’s enjoyable for what it is.

As a Netflix original, you can view Little Evil on the streaming service. Check out the trailer below!


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