#31in31 2017 – “little evil”

“We’re working on our manners.”

Story: Gary and Samantha just got married – Mazel! And now Gary not only has a beautiful wife, but a sweet 5-year-old boy as his stepson. Well, maybe not so sweet. In fact, the kid might actually be the Antichrist.

Scares: Not really. “Omen”-esque stuff, but all played for laughs.

Splat factor: Very little, but there is a death with the requisite horror movie blood.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Nope!

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: A comedic spin on The Omen, but it’s an original.

Trick or Treat?: Definitely a treat, although it took me a while to really get into it. Fifteen minutes, in fact. But once I got in, I got all in.

Adam Scott cements himself as The Guy when it comes to middle class normcore humor. And as Lucas’ mom Samantha, Evangeline Lily plays the clueless mom with a touch of backbone.

There’s a great cast backing them too. Sally Field plays the social worker who’s called in after an incident at Lucas’ school. Fantastic character actor Clancy Brown (best known as Kruger in Highlander) plays a reverend who warns of the End of Days. Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) Carla Gallo (Bones), are here as well, and their comedic timing is pitch perfect.

The story? Well, it takes a bit to figure out exactly where it wants to go, but once it does it’s a fun ride. Best use of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” in a comedy, ever. Trust. Sure, things get a bit treacle at the end, but I’d rather that than a cheap play for a sequel.

A nice comedy course during your next horror marathon.

Score: 4 out of 5 pumpkins.

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