As soon as September hits the countdown to Halloween begins. I’m a firm believer that it’s never too early or to late to get spooky and the moment the weather begins to cool I’m thinking about which Halloween themed, spooky ass films I’m going to watch this year.
There are the old favorites that I visit every year but this year I’m determined to watch something new and last night was the first of many spooky movie nights planned through October.
Little Evil tells the story of Adam Scott as he attempts to bond with his new stepson while trying to prove to his new wife that he can handle the job of being a parent. The only catch is that his stepson just so happens to be the Antichrist. Oops.
Little Evil is fun. If you’ve seen Tucker and Dale vs Evil then you know what kind of film you’re going to get. An almost slapstick comedy film with elements and homages to the horror films that inspired it. Almost everything from the kids school uniform to the kids at a birthday party are slap you in the face nods to the viewer.
Adam Scott is exactly how you’d imagine him to be. Pretty much just like his character Ben from Parks and Recreation. (Though almost all of his characters are a play on Ben in some form or another). And I’m the context of this film, it works. In fact all the supporting characters, I found, were genuinely funny. Listening to stepdads sharing their horror stories about trying to bond with the kids and dealing with the absolute terror of the children.
And that is the underlying theme of the film. Parenting is hard. Extremely hard even if it’s your own kid but if if you’re coming into it from the outside it can be a total horror story nightmare. It works really well but becomes a little heavy handed and verges on cheesy by the end climax of the film.
Is Little Evil a perfect film? No and it’s not quite as good as the director’s previous work of Tucker and Dale, but it’s funny and definitely worth the watch if you love horror comedies and want to enjoy a good laugh before bed.