EVIL: TO KAKO (2005)

Written by Greigh Johanson

Evil isn't only Greece's first zombie movie, but also the country's first splatter ever. I didn't know that until after I watched it, I hadn't even heard of this one before. This was a spontaneous purchase I made because of the incredibly stylish cover. I usually say that one should never rely on smart covers, but this time I was certainly not disappointed.

There's a huge cave on the outskirts of Athens in which there lurks an evil force that turns people into flesh-gnawing zombies. Three construction worker who investigates the cave becomes initially consumed with evil and spreads its power all over the city, and by now a small group of survivors must get out of the battle on their own. The buxom teen Jenny, her sexy neighbor, a horny taxi driver, a soldier and a football fan is now looking desperately for a way out of the chaotic situation.

This is director Giorgos Nousias feature debut, and for being a debut with such a small budget involved, this is one of the absolute best looking zombie movies I've seen in a long time. It provides a fast pace gallon filled with thoughtful splatter effects. Much of the inspiration comes from Peter Jackson's "Dead Alive / Braindead" and it can be seen in many places. I have rarely seen heads destroyed in so many different ways in a movie like this one. Headshots is mandatory in this film, as well as beheadings and splitted heads.

Evil is definitely a film that's recommended to all the faithful Gore Hounds out there. This is one of the first zombie films with running zombies that I actually appreciate. The camera technology is very shaky and reminds largely about Jonas Wolchers technique in "Die Zombiejäger", but that kind of technique has seemed to become popular nowadays. I have no real problems with that, but sometimes I want to be able to see the beautifully rendered effects. It's easy to disappear with the shaky angles, but don't worry, there's a lot of meaty scenes and you will not miss them.

What was to my own great satisfaction were the split-screen technique that shows splatter sequences from several different directions in the same frame. It's also a great pleasure to reveal that they didn't use a single performed CGI effect. There's also a real challenge to try to do something enjoyable by the violence in film, but Evil succeeded with it sometimes.

This is a movie that I recommend to every splatterfilm fanatics out there. The blood's spraying and body parts flying in all possible directions. It's a neat and pretty original zombie movie. In 2009, Giorgos made the sequel "Evil 2 - In the Time of Heroes", and that will be my next challenge to watch out.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Directed by: Giorgos Nousias
Written by: Giorgos Nousias
Produced by: Claudio Bolivar, Giorgos Nousias, Petros Nousias, Lambros Trifillis
Cinematography by: Claudio Bolivar, Petros Nousias
Editing by: Giorgos Nousias
Music by: Grigoris Grigoropoulos, Thanos Karabatziakis
Special Effects by: George Alahouzos, Roulis Alahouzos, Dimitris Gerpinis, Michalis Samiotis
Cast: Meletis Georgiadis, Argiris Thanasoulas, Pepi Moschovakou, Stavroula Thomopoulou, Mary Tsoni, Andreas Kontopoulos, Nikos Sambalis, Yannis Katsambas, Daphne Larouni, Themis Katz, Stathis Kokkoris, Giorgos Stefanidis
Year: 2005
Country: Greece
Language: Greek
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 23min

Distributor: Ekso Productions