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When Evil Lurks

When Evil Lurks

2023
Horror
1h 39m
In a remote village, two brothers find a demon-infected man just about to give birth to evil itself. They decide to get rid of the man but merely succeed in helping him to deliver the inferno.
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When Evil Lurks

2023
Horror
1h 39m
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Avg Percentile 54.55% from 207 total ratings

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Rated 29 Oct 2023
45
22nd
Despite its ability to build an atmosphere and get the audience invested in the horrific, WEL has zero concern for the plot and the credibility and depth of its characters. Brothers find a man slashed into two yet check him as if he is a dead rabbit. They dump a 1000 lb. man into a field as if he is the most usual thing, lol. I liked the wise old woman, whose Gaia-esque ethos helps us heal the evil that contaminates. A strange post-apocalyptic mood was also noteworthy. Bad but dreamlike.
Rated 30 Oct 2023
70
64th
It has an irregular rhythm, but the good premise and shocking scenes result in an effective horror film.
Rated 25 Dec 2023
1
6th
"Horror"-endsly awful.
Rated 14 Sep 2023
55
19th
The moments of high-energy body horror are pretty great, especially in the first act. Would've loved this to keep its foot on the gas, as some of excessive world-building towards the end was a chore. -TIFF 2023
Rated 10 Dec 2023
80
77th
I have gone decades without even hearing the words "apple ice cream" strung together, it's an abomination. Vile cruel imagery here (no not the apple ice cream when it finally shows up) and just a bleak time. It's that good gooey though where you go yeesh but don't feel gross after. Guys son in this probably has so many letterboxd likes
Rated 25 Nov 2023
6
40th
Very good genre ideas let down by an unconvincing package. This was not developed or thought out properly, and it's a shame for there's a very good horror movie here somewhere.
Rated 02 Dec 2023
58
57th
Violence is on point but the story... not so much
Rated 09 Dec 2023
75
61st
I'm thinking I need a rewatch. Not a fan of supernatural horror typically since I always feel like there's no internal logic (which in a way makes sense given the subject) and this is no exception. But the visuals are grotesque and truly horrifying. Looking forward to more from this director.
Rated 05 Apr 2024
62
25th
audiovisual 59 acting 62 overall feeling 64 avg 62
Rated 17 Jan 2024
65
55th
The characters, story, pacing and ending are all fine, but nothing special. Although a lot of credit is due for how visceral it is without ever feeling like it’s trying too hard. The whole sequence involving the dog in particular is a high note for the film. Pretty annoyed with what has to be one of the dumbest decisions I’ve seen from a horror protagonist towards the end. It didn’t quite get there for me, but there’s some great individual moments.
Rated 28 Oct 2023
62
46th
Add it to the weirdly long list of movies that exploit an autistic character as a nonsensical plot device, but there's a lot to like about When Evil Lurks elsewhere. It offers a fresh and unique spin on demon/possession horror and is unflinchingly brutal and even downright mean. It has many interesting ideas but doesn't always communicate them well. The second half is weaker than the first, and the climax especially didn't really work for me, but still, points for originality and brutality
Rated 06 Nov 2023
70
72nd
Evil unleashing mayhem in shit town Argentina as we follow a possessed man about to give birth to incarnated young evil itself and spreading an epidemic of demonic manifestation and these two don't-know-what-were-are-seeing bros barely escaping stuff but witnessing every sort of brutality regarding their (already broken, about to eat itself) family. Children as both victims and vessels of hell on eart. No church, no exorcist, no ritual, no faith. Most pessimistic horror film in quite some time.
Rated 15 Mar 2024
50
15th
Beautiful use of violence, but the idea was too big, vague, and difficult to produce. It also led to dead ends all over the place. I loved the cinematography, the soundtrack, and the color scheme. I HATED how stupid everything else was. I mean come on... What a waste of a good production crew. The main characters did EVERYTHING anyone with knowledge told them not to. Extremely anticlimactic ending. Truly.... Waste of such great backdrop, money, time, et al.
Rated 12 Nov 2023
60
44th
60 for the gore. The script is confusing.
Rated 10 Feb 2024
86
83rd
Who's such a good doggie?
Rated 16 Nov 2023
85
83rd
2023'de #IzlediğimFilmler ; 183. Cuando acecha la maldad (2023) Bu yıl izlediğim en iyi korku filmlerinden. Baştan sona soluksuz izletiyor. Pesimist ruh hali de hikayeye çok yakışmış. 9/10
Rated 03 Nov 2023
85
80th
The tension is heightened not with cheap jump scares, but with truly terrifying story elements. Filled with harsh, graphic imagery that will haunt you forever, this isn’t a film that relies on the easy scare, but one that is legitimately disturbing.
Rated 19 Dec 2023
45
33rd
The narrative style and ideas here are noticeably different than the genre's usual. The climax is a rather decent sequence. Sadly, a lot of characters and events seem half-baked, and the middle gets a bit tedious. Feels like this could have been much better with script editing.
Rated 14 Jan 2024
100
98th
you are not ready
Rated 09 Jan 2024
70
57th
i loved the scene when evil not as much lurks, but actually straight up peeks
Rated 28 Nov 2023
75
74th
When I watched Demián Rugna's previous film, Aterrados, I was excited for his future films. Now I see that I was right to be excited. Because When Evil Lurks is an incredible journey into hell. Some scenes stuck in my mind. I didn't expect this movie to disturb me this much. One of the best horror movies of the year.
Rated 30 Nov 2023
59
75th
Por un lado me encanta lo implacable que es la historia, mientras que por otro la mayoría de personajes (y sobre todo el protagonista) están a 100 casi toda la peli, gritando y a las puteadas, lo cual termina resultando monótono; no hay los suficientes valles como para que los picos tengan tanto impacto como deberían. Aún así y todo me gustó mucho y amo ver cine de terror nacional siendo celebrado internacionalmente.

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