A few flicks worth to talk about this week. One is out on store shelves while the other has been around for a few weeks now. Both are of interest to suspense and horror fans. So find out more about Meeting Evil and Exit Humanity after the jump!
Meeting Evil is a straight to DVD feature that stars Luke Wilson as a world-weary real estate agent seriously down on his luck because of the economy who makes the mistake of opening his front door to a stranger named Richie (Samuel L. Jackson). From there, Wilson’s character is taken on a ride by his new “friend” who seems set on pushing him to a breaking point. Murder, mayhem and lots more ensue. Meeting Evil has one of “those” Samuel L. Jackson performances – you know, the ones that he can pretty much deliver in his sleep. A little manic, with lots of shouting. If you like “that” Sam Jackson, you’ll like this film. Guaranteed.
The one thing the film has going for it is that it kept me guessing throughout its 90 minute running time. Are we watching reality or is it all in the main character’s head? It’s hard to say at time. At one point, the Queen came up with a great suggestion as to what was really going on in Meeting Evil, but sadly it turned out not to be the case. It would have made for a better film, though.
For Samuel L. Jackson completests only.
Meanwhile, if you’re a zombie completest, you definitely need to check out the very stylish Exit Humanity from writer/director John Geddes. It’s the story of Civil War soldier Edward Young, who manages to survive the war only to live in a world that is inhabited by the living dead. Young loses his family and his will to live.
And then it gets really interesting.
Exit Humanity has a stellar genre cast, including Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Stephen McHattie and newcomer Mark Gibson, all of whom do great work in some harsh working conditions (a two-week shoot in Northern Ontario with a small budget). The film mixes live action and animation to make itself one of the most zombie films I’ve ever come across. It’s a bit slow at times, but for those of us that love our undead flicks, Exit Humanity is worth watching just to watch the talent on-screen and the ambition director John Geddes puts on the screen.
Both Meeting Evil and Exit Humanity are out on DVD and Blu-ray now.