Dark Sky Film’s supernatural comedy Another Evil, a hit at SXSW, BAMcinemaFest, and the Fantasia Film Festival, is due for an early May release. Another Evil is the first feature-length film from writer/director Carson Mell (Eastbound & Down, Silicon Valley) whose short films have been official selections at Sundance as well as other film festivals.
After encountering terrifying ghosts in their vacation home, modern artist Dan Pappadakis (Steve Zissis, Roadies, Togetherness) and his wife Mary (Jennifer Irwin, The Goldbergs, Halt and Catch Fire) consult a mellow ghost whisperer. Unsatisfied with his groovy verdict–that they should simply co-exist with the “pretty cool” ghosts-Dan goes behind Mary’s back to seek a second opinion, and secretly hires the eccentric Os Bijourn (Mark Proksch, Better Call Saul, Son of Zorn). Os quickly surmises that Dan’s home is full of “demons” and promises to get rid of the beings for a reasonable fee.
As the two spend several evenings trapping ghosts in Os’s increasingly bizarre, “ghost traps,” Dan learns that Os is emotional fragile due to his recent divorce and ongoing attempt to quit smoking. He is so in need of support, that he tries to befriend Dan almost as relentlessly as he tries to destroy “demons.” Due to the increasing awkwardness of the situation, Dan attempts calling the whole thing off, but it quickly becomes apparent that a great evil has embedded itself in his home, and that the fate of his entire family is at stake.
The film was produced by Sebastian Pardo & Riel Roch-Decter and also stars Dax Flame (21 Jump Street), Steve Little (Eastbound & Down) and Dan Bakkedahl (Life in Pieces, Veep).
Shane Scott-Travis of Taste of Cinema said, “This eccentric, original and nimble film … wickedly unravels like a mumblecore Ghostbusters.” Cinevue‘s Martyn Conterio wrote, “Nothing else this year can match Another Evil for its expert chills, comic dialogue, Office-level cringe and disturbing themes.”
Adrian Mack of The Georgia Straight said, “With Ghostbusters gone … here’s 2016’s frankly superior, no-budget depiction of the porous membrane between the worlds of the living and the dead.”
Anton Bitel of Sight & Sound describes the film as “Beautifully written, funny and awkward”
Another Evil will be released in theaters and on digital HD May 5, 2017, and make sure to check out episode 99 of the podcast for the Frightday gang’s official take on the film.