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Live-Evil Review

Would you stay at work to fight off an evil, or clock out and go home? In October 2015, against her better judgement, Hancock decided to stay and fight the good fight. 

Directing this 95 minute horror is Ari Kirschenbaum.

Some of the cast is: Charlene Amoia as Deputy Hancock, Vladimir Kulich as Sheriff Pete, Vincent M. Ward as Sam, J. Richey Nash as Eric, Karen Wheeling Reynolds as Sharon, Tim Ross as Dean Wilburn, Tamara Farias as Agent Hawks, Frank Saverino as Agent Cambell, Tony Todd as Pastor, Carter as Mr. Twelve and Ed Ricker as Mr. Eleven.

Deputy Hancock is almost off work, just a little bit longer and her shift ends, then it's home to relax. Unfortunately, one last call turns into a night filled with chaos. Before this night is over, Hancock will witness murders, psychic attacks, the dead rising and people turning on each other. It looks like things just got... biblical!

Have you ever walked in on someone in the middle of  a movie, sat down to see what they were watching, and then had to start asking a bunch of questions to get caught up with what was going on? That's how I felt watching this one, but I didn't have the luxury of having someone who was able to fill me in. 

The story that writer Ari Kischebaum came up with had lots of potential, but in the end he decided to go with a finished product that wound up under par and slightly confusing. Kischebaum's story leaves you with more questions than entertainment. I kind of feel like this one should have a comedy tag on it. I'm not sure if there was suppose to be an element of humor in it, but some of the characters and scenes would push a moment like it was suppose to be funny, even though in the end it failed. Most of the way through the movie we're introduced to characters that end up being pointless additions to the story that don't really do anything, and in the end wasted time they could have used on the main characters to strengthen the story. 

The play-through starts out a little slow, but I liked how they went with filming it black and white because it added to the creepy factor as things where going down. Unfortunately, questions that the film raises during the telling of the story are not really answered, and some questions are totally forgotten and just leave you hanging by the time the credits roll. My biggest problem with the story is after this mysterious evil pops up, some of the characters seem to have a sort of knowledge of what's going on or act like they've dealt with this sort of thing before on the job. Once everything starts to go downhill for the characters I was completely lost in the story. I couldn't figure out who was on whose side or why some of the characters were doing what they were in the story. As things keep moving you end up with three teams of characters "kind of" moving in the same direction, but for different reasons. The idea of the story caught my attention, but the playthrough lost me, which just made the movie seem to drag out... for-ever.

 Tony Todd on the set of Live-Evil

Tony Todd on the set of Live-Evil

The cast wasn't that good, but honestly, I couldn't really tell if that was due to a bad script or bad acting skills. I was seriously disappointing by the lack of Tony Todd screen time. How do you get Todd in your film and then barely use him? Todd, Carter, Ricker and (sometimes) Amoia where the ones that made it hard for me to figure out if it was a bad script or bad acting, because they actually delivered lines with some believability, while the rest of the cast came off weak and overblown. So, I'm leaning more towards a bad script since there were times other cast members would start to get interesting then slam back to being overwhelming and  annoying.

The special effects were  all over the place. There were times it looked good, then really bad. The undead creations they come up with looked really good, but the overused CGI was messy and didn't blend in very well. The in color cut scenes they used were cool looking and when mixed in with the black and white film gave it a artsy vibe, but it felt out of place with the rest of the story. There's nothing really  gory going on with this one, except some CGI head shots with a spray out and some shooting the dead in the eye, which was also filled with CGI magic. 

Overall, I wish I could have seen the story Kirschenbaum had in his head because the full laid out idea was probably pretty cool. Unfortunately, what wound up on film isn't worth the time. 

It's rated NR (not rated) but has language, violence and nudity.

2 stars