Shudder Original ‘HISTORY OF EVIL’ (2024) is aptly named and terrifying



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Horror and politics go hand in hand in the latest Shudder Original HISTORY OF EVIL. Filmmaker Bo Mirhosseni takes audiences on a plausible what-if journey 20 years into the future. This terrifying tale navigates the fallout of stolen democracy, homegrown terrorism, and the evil that we cannot leave in the past.

HISTORY OF EVIL - Still 3Christofascism and government-sponsored militia, paramilitary gear and all, provide immediate rage and fear. The J6 patches are a brilliant touch. Ron goes undercover to rescue his wife, reunite his family, and get to the safe house for extraction. HISTORY OF EVIL shifts from a governmental apocalypse to a haunted house story about 20 minutes in. It’s a clever device. The script has honest echoes of Amityville Horror with Ron’s slow indoctrination into White Nationalism through hauntings and hallucinations. Bo Mirhosseni has created an incredibly disturbing arc.

Murphee Bloom plays the daughter of the resistance leaders. Her debut role as Daria proves she has that “it factor” to be a star. Jackie Cruz plays the opposite of her ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK role. Author and inspiration for The Resistance, strong-willed Alegre is a solid foil for Wesley.

HISTORY OF EVIL - Still 2Rhonda Johnsson Dents plays T, a modern-day Harriot Tubman for The Resistance. Her character adds weight to the film, and Dents gives a breathtaking performance. I’d love to see a spinoff where she leads. Paul Wesley captured the world’s attention in the CW series The Vampire Diaries. As Ron, Wesley transforms from an undead teen heartthrob to a protective father. He is charming and funny until the plot spoils him from the inside out. It is a fascinating turn.

The film smartly utilizes classic tropes while leaning into cyclical violence and our racist past and present. The script delivers multiple acts and a phenomenal final ten minutes. HISTORY OF EVIL is undeniably entertaining.

Premieres On Shudder February 23rd

Writer & Director: Bo Mirhosseni

Cast: Paul Wesley, Jackie Cruz, Murphee Bloom, Rhonda Johnsson Dents

Genre: Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 98 min

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About Liz Whittemore

Liz grew up in northern Connecticut and was memorizing movie dialogue from Shirley Temple to A Nightmare on Elm Street at a very early age. She will watch just about any film all the way through (no matter how bad) just to prove a point. A loyal New Englander, a lover of Hollywood, and true inhabitant of The Big Apple.

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