The Evil Within tells you the story of John Peterson who lives and cares for his brother Dennis who is mentally handicapped, he is in a long term relationship with his girlfriend Lydia but due to the issues that arise with Dennis things can be rather strained. Living in the family home he is desperate to sell so he can start a life with Lydia. Also, he can then afford to get Dennis cared for in a top private facility.
John has an antique mirror restored and places it in Dennis’ bedroom for a few days, Dennis isn’t happy but things change when he finds solace in the mirror thanks to some kind of spirit living in it played by the great Michael Berryman.
The spirit begins to twist and convince poor Dennis to do things he would have never considered on the promise of him being ‘normal’. Dennis begins to fall deeper into the spirit’s grasp convoluting into horrific nightmares, murder and mayhem.
Produced over a period of fifteen years, The Evil Within will be the only credit of Andrew Getty due to him passing away before the project was completed. The film was finished off by the producer and editor Michael Luceri and we must thank him for letting this very clever and disturbing film be unleashed on us. At times the film is frankly ferocious in it’s dialogue and plot development with some incredibly outlandish sequences. Frederick Koehler who has a long line of credits to his name possibly gives one of the best performances in a horror film I have seen in years. He has to play not only Dennis as handicapped but also as a calculating murderer. All of this is done totally in camera with Koehler switching from different versions of Dennis in front of the mirror. It is a truly mesmerising performance.
All I can say is The Evil Within is one incredible piece of film making and a wonderful addition to the horror genre. Getty, apparently struggled with his demons and it is tragic he died before the film could be appreciated by an audience. He does however leave a film which I believe will be appreciated for a very long time.
- Starring Frederick Koehler Sean Patrick Flannery Dina Meyer Michael Berryman
- Director Andrew Getty
- Distributor Screenbound