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Evil Lurks

USA 2023
produced by
Aaron Hawkins, Chris Shern, Jayson Johnson (executive) for Crazy Rock Films, Shh Man Productions, Kissing Kastle Productions
directed by Aaron Hawkins
starring Amanda Winston, Stacey Miner, Bobby Bozek, Bill D. Russell, Larry Biela, Savannah Mae, Chris Shern, Jonah D. Winston, Cindy Felonk, Joe DeBartolo, Tamara Dey-Venturella, Lori J. Marshall, Drew Kutnick, Sean Seanito Kelly, Todd Netherton, Betsey Manzoni, Lisa Gloria, Jason Mackniskas, Aaron Hawkins, Crystal Vazquez, Katelin Stack (voice), Vicky Williams, Noemi Perez, Manda Cotts, David Chavez, Reid Kennly, Tiffany Lynn, Bill Odonel
written by Aaron Hawkins, Chris Shern, music by Chris Shern, John Mackniskas, Ryan Caldwell, Dylan Schweitzer, visual effects by Nick Grobe

review by
Mike Haberfelner

After having two miscarriages and losing her fiancé (Jonah D. Winston) in the process, Kimberly's (Amanda Winston) a pretty desperate woman - so much so that she visits group hypnotherapy sessions. And her hypnotherapist Harold (Chris Shern) soon notices she needs special treatment and pretty much urges her to do one-on-one sessions with him. And initially they help, too, and she seems to make good progress. Thing is, Harold doesn't exactly have the best of intentions, so much so that he rapes her during one session, and when Kimberly comes to, she kills him in pure self defense. She falls into a state of catatonia after that - but she also gets pregnant from the rape and this time actually delivers ...

It's 15 years later, and Kimberly's daughter Erica (Savannah Mae) is a teenager now and has been adopted by Kimberly's erstwhile psychiatrist Tiffany (Stacey Miner) and her husband Shawn (Bobby Bozek). Of late though, Erica has acted weirdly, so much so that her foster parents find it hard to contain her. Also a blood moon is coming up soon, and just like that Kimberly slips out of her catatonia, breaks out of the institution she's in and hooks up with her ex-cop dad (Larry Biela), as she knows her daughter and those around her are in great danger, because you know, back when Harold attacked her, he was possessed by a demon, and he might have passed the demon seed on to their daughter ...


Now Evil Lurks is definitely not your cookie cutter horror film in which everything's explained clear and simple from the get-go and the characters just go through the motions to fit a formula. Instead, the film's plot and backstory are unrolled very gradually, often (intentionally) leaving the viewer rather confused and putting an emphasis on mystery rather than jump scares. But an assured and atmosphere-heavy directorial effort keeps things together while a very competent cast really brings the story to life and makes it relatable despite the occasional confusion, making this a pretty cool genre ride.


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