Haha! [Insert Hilarious short joke about Darryn and/or Nick here!] Give me a break, I’m tired. (Temporarily in charge this week Editor’s note: YER FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRED!)

Eli Craig has clearly found a niche in which he feels very comfortable – horror comedies. The writer and/or director of 2010’s Tucker and Dale vs Evil and 2013’s Zombieland TV series adaptation returns to the genre with Little Evil, a spoof on 1976 horror classic The Omen, which was the subject of a remake back in 2006 and formed the basis for last year’s short-lived TV series Damien.

Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) stars as Gary, a man who’s recently married the woman of his dreams in Samantha (Evangeline Lilly – Ant-Man, Lost), and who has a young son Lucas (Owen Atlas) with whom he has trouble bonding. However he comes to suspect that there’s more to the boy than just malice towards him, but that’s he is in fact the Anti-Christ when mysterious “accidents” keep happening around him.

Now I’m not a big Adam Scott fan, but his milquetoast demeanour is perfectly suited to the selfsame Gary. Going by the trailer I’d say most of the laughs will come from his interactions with all the people around him – from Lucas’ obliviously doting mother to the eccentric priest and awesomely-named Reverend Gospel (Clancy Brown), conspiracy theorist Karl (Tyler Labine), and his gruff companion Al (Bridget Everett).

I don’t think Little Evil will do anything groundbreaking, but it looks like a solid little horror comedy with enough gags to keep us entertained. The Children of the Corn reference certainly made me chuckle.

What do you think? The official plot synopsis is as follows:

Gary (Scott) who has just married Samantha (Lilly) the woman of his dreams, discovers that her six-year-old son (Atlas) may be the Antichrist.

Little Evil is due to premiere on Netflix on 1 September. Written and directed by Eli Craig, it stars Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas, Bridget Everett, Clancy Brown, Tyler Labine, Donald Faison and Chris D’Elia.

Last Updated: August 23, 2017


  1. Did they intentionally make the kid look like Angus Young in that poster?


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      August 23, 2017 at 13:36

      I hadn’t noticed that, but now that you mention it this calls for an AC/DC song-based pun:

      Yes, because his dirty deeds are done dirt cheap.


      • Original Heretic

        August 23, 2017 at 13:38

        And no matter what he does, he keeps a stiff upper lip.


  2. miaau

    August 23, 2017 at 13:39


    Groot gif kom in klein bottels.
    Dymanite comes in small packages
    Good things come in small packages, therefore….


    • Original Heretic

      August 23, 2017 at 14:25

      So then why aren’t matches more hardcore? huh? Huuuh?
      Their packaging is tiny.


    • HvR

      August 23, 2017 at 15:29

      There is a Rince being a small joke in there somewhere


  3. Magoo

    August 23, 2017 at 13:42

    You had me at Zombieland.


    • Original Heretic

      August 23, 2017 at 14:25

      The Tucker and Dale mention also piqued my interest.


  4. Captain Cassidy

    September 2, 2017 at 08:40

    This is turning out way better than I thought it would. Reminds me of Richard Benjamin’s turn in Saturday the Fourteenth, which I loved. Some off-notes, but overall made me laugh. The callbacks to earlier horror movies work well and turn up in the most unexpected places.

    The turnaround point is actually very, very sweet and believable.


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