EVIL SOULS is one of those movies you have to watch a couple of times, just to make sure you didn’t miss something. I say this because I had to skip backwards a few times to put certain things together. And while this detracted from the movie as a whole, I have to confess I actually enjoyed the film for the most part, even despite the backtracking. EVIL SOULS is not a great film, but I still found it entertaining and worthwhile.
If you are not familiar with EVIL SOULS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Midnight Releasing:
Two childhood friends, Jess and Susan, awaken to find themselves chained in a cell after their sons have been kidnapped. They soon learn that the man who abducted them, Valentine, has terrifying intentions and a sadistic ritual to complete. Meanwhile, Father Albert finds clues to the plans for this diabolical ritual, decades in the making. As Valentine takes his two captives on a journey into pain, hatred, and violence, Father Albert begins his mission to rescue the women and children, before it is too late.
A movie like this is sometimes hard to review. The concept is sound, but the execution lacks a bit, and as a result, the movie itself suffers. Still, despite its flaws, I enjoyed it nonetheless.
EVIL SOULS is shot fairly well and looks good onscreen. The sound, however, lacks quite a bit. I had a very hard time hearing certain speakers (primarily Valentine). I had to keep changing the volume level on my surround sound, which got annoying pretty fast.
The acting in EVIL SOULS is fairly decent, with Peter Cosgrove giving a wickedly fun performance as Valentine. Despite some lame dialogue, Cosgrove has a lot of fun with his character, and it shows onscreen. The rest of the cast does a decent job, particularly Julian Boote, who plays Father Albert.
There are only a handful of special effects scenes we are given, but they look pretty sharp for the most part. There’s a smidge of gore, and it’s respectable. I like the dismembered torso shown towards the beginning; it is particularly gruesome and well done.
The story in EVIL SOULS is where I have the most problems. I was confused for most of the film as I struggled to understand what was going on and the correlation between the characters. As it concluded, I finally understood where the writer was trying to go, but the translation from page to screen didn’t quite work. A good horror/thriller will unveil key pieces to the plot at the right points, which leads the viewer on a journey. EVIL SOULS, unfortunately, never reveals what it needs to for the viewer to understand the happenings. As a result, the audience is left with many questions and few answers.
Still, despite its faults, I did enjoy EVIL SOULS. I’m not sure if I can heartily recommend it, but it is worth giving a shot, if you’re willing to overlook certain details. The film is available now in a variety of formats.