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Chris Seaver’s Evil Night Review – 2014

Evil Night 2014 Poster

Language: English
Original Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Directed by: Chris Seaver
Cast: Josh Suire, Meredith Host, Marilyn Mayson

Synopsis
A nerd goes on a killing spree with his new telekinetic superpowers after being the victim of a prank by a group of college kids.

Blu-ray Release
Evil Night is available in a limited VHS/DVD combo, DVD and a limited Blu-ray edition by Warlock Home Video. As of this writing, both the VHS/DVD and the Blu-ray editions were limited to 50 pieces and are now currently sold out. (Update: Looks like they’re printing more of the Blu-ray)

This review is for the Blu-ray edition which comes in a very fitting orange case. The cover art appears to be printed on normal printer paper and the disc is a BD-R. I’m little disappointed in the fact it’s a burned copy but we have to remember that this is a low budget company we’re talking about. The film was shot on a Blackmagic Design 4k Production Camera and the transfer looks good. Audio is presented in 2.0 and sounds fine as well.

Extras

  • Commentary with Chris Seaver and a friend – An interesting commentary on the history of Chris Seaver’s film-making experience for the first twenty minutes. The commentary then goes to talk about the making of the film and potential future projects. Sounds like they’re eating in the beginning and it’s a little distracting but overall it’s a fun listen.
  • Commentary with Chris Seaver and Clint Kelly – First time listening to a Skype person on an audio commentary. This one seems a little slower than the first commentary. There’s a lot more technical information in this one for those who are interested in that kind of thing.
  • Todd Cook SOV Interview – (16:09) Looks to be the same interview that you can find on the sovhorror website.
  • Evil Night Behind the Scenes – (16:17) Watch Chris Seaver direct! Interesting if not a little slow.
  • Warlock Home Video Promo – (2:05) Promo for other shot on videos by the Chris Seaver crew. What’s weird is the trailer for Evil Night immediately follows the promo.
  • Trailer – (1:29) Trailer for the film. I dig the music.
  • 12 Inches of Dangling Fury Short – Low Budget Pictures short film. See a poorly dubbed big breasted Asian lady!

 

Thoughts
If you’ve never seen a Chris Seaver film, you owe yourself to at least give one a watch. I stumbled across his former label called Low Budget Productions several years ago when I was on a zombie movie buying spree. I ended up picking up Mulva Zombie Ass Kicker and boy was I not prepared for what I was watching. The film was shot on consumer grade equipment with a couple of his friends. Add a nonsense plot and sprinkle it with a bunch of bad acting and you have a bona fide Chris Seaver film. But I have to say, it’s pretty damn interesting to watch. Evil Night is a remake of a 1992 Shot on Video film of the same name directed by cult director – Todd Jason Cook.  Full disclosure but I have never seen the original so I cannot comment on how the remake differs from the original. The remake feels a little short and clocks in under a hour. It’s probably a positive considering the type of film it is.

First off, let me just say that the movie is full of crude adult humor. Sex jokes run rampant throughout the entire thing and I know this will not be everybody’s cup of tea.

The acting in the film is pretty typical of a Chris Seaver film. If you’ve managed to watch a few of his films already, you’ll start to realize that he uses a lot of the same people. What’s “typical” acting you might say? It’s a lot of  intentional over-acting for comedic effect. It’s an acquired taste of course. I personally don’t mind it.Sometimes it works. Sometimes it comes off wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed the over the top performance of Jimmy Fisher, played wonderfully by Josh Suire. His character just clicks and works for me. Doing a little research, looks like the character Samantha was played by a porn star. Huh, learn something new everyday.

The film was shot by Clint Kelly and looks good for a no budget film. The gore effects are just as bad as the acting. In one scene we have a dildo go through the back of a girls head. Okay, maybe it’s not that bad. Another thing I liked about the film was the choice of music performed by Chan Walrus? Neat name.

A movie full of dildos, kitchen grade gore and some boobs sprinkled here and there. Bam–a Chris Seaver film!

Conclusions
Fans of adult humor will love the film. I’m a little mix on the film but I did find myself enjoying it at times.

Rating

2.5 out of 5