Unwanted guests when moving into a new home isn’t uncommon in the horror genre, but The Evil Next Door delivers a unique take on it. The film was written and directed by Oskar Mellender and Tord Danielsson. It stars Dilan Gwyn and Eddie Eriksson Dominguez.
Synopsis for The Evil Next Door
New to her stepmom role Shirin moves into a duplex with her partner, Fredrik, and his son, Lucas. The new home feels like the right place to start becoming a family. But when Fredrik leaves for work, strange things are heard from the other, uninhabited side. Also, who is Lucas’ new friend?
Stepparents always get the ass end of things when it comes to the supernatural but Shirin proves to be a supermom with unconditional love. I thought the story was spooky with great performances, and awesome cinematography. In some ways, The Evil Next Door reminded me of 2013’s Mama. The evil that resides in this home isn’t necessarily all that bad but more so lonely and in dire need of companionship. Although it has scary elements, it’s more about loss and finding love again. It’s heartwrenching.
I love the character development and relationship between Shirin and Lucas throughout the film. They bond through trauma and prove that love is a superpower all on its own. Even when all odds are against her she never gives up. The special effects and makeup helped create a dark and sinister atmosphere, especially at the end. I loved the ending and think it’s one of the best parts of the film.
Magnet Releasing will release The Evil Next Door in theaters and on demand beginning June 25, 2021. So, turn the lights down low, get your popcorn, and let us know what you think! #TheEvilNextDoor