EVIL AT THE DOOR (2021) Home invasion thriller reviews – now free to watch online

“One night a year, there will be…”

evil at the door is a 2021 American thriller about a night every year the world sees a chilling increase in violent home invasions. It is not a coincidence.

Written and directed by Kipp Tribble (The stay; Lobo; Char Man; Coffin and Coffin 2).

MRP Entertainment-Trick 6 Films production stars Bruce Davison (We always say thanks; Tiny; the devil has come; Villard), John James, Scott Ham (The stay; Coffin 2) and Robert Allen Mukes.

Parcel:
The Locusts are a secret guild that has been operating for almost a century. Once a year, this guild offers its members an organized night of home invasions (aka, “races”), known as “The Night of the Crickets”. And tonight is tonight…

Tension rises between Daniel and Jessica. Daniel found himself in hot water at work with both his boss and the investigators gasping for air. And now Jessica’s little sister Liz has shown up out of the blue as she ran away from her abusive boyfriend.

As the warring parties make their way to opposing areas of the house, everyone’s worst nightmare is forming in the backyard: four masked men have arrived for their “Night of the Crickets”. The Locust clock has started and they have 180 minutes to have fun.

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As Jessica locks herself in the bathroom for a bubble bath, Liz lies down on the bed. Unbeknownst to the two, Daniel has already been passed downstairs and is now bound and gagged. As the grasshoppers come upstairs, Liz spots them and tries to warn Jessica – but to no avail. With nowhere to go, Liz takes refuge under the bed as the masked men enter the room.

There, they quietly unmask, revealing their identities for the night: Kennedy, Truman, Eisenhower, and Nixon. While the four men engage in crazy games with Daniel and Jessica, Liz can only stay hidden under the bed. Thus begins a unique game of cat and mouse, where the cat does not even know that the other mouse exists.

As the race ends, Liz plots her escape as the Locusts realize there is a traitor in their group. But will the division between the intruders be enough of a distraction for Liz to survive before The Locusts’ clock runs out? »

Comments:
“Sprinkled like confetti, the periods of silence heighten the suspense of wondering what will happen next. Realistic, evil at the door sends shivers down your spine and gives you pause to think. Could home invasions just be a well-orchestrated event orchestrated by a secret society? 4/5 Cryptic Rock

“Globally, evil at the door plays as if it were fill time. There’s rarely any tension or atmosphere, chaos is non-existent, and for the most part you’re listening to a weirdly long country LP that never needs flipping. […] Tribble’s movie doesn’t work for me, but I admire the effort. Obsessive Horror

evil at the door is a nice addition to the home invasion horror genre, but it’s unclear how this film will emerge from the pile of films that deal with this similar subject. Despite that problem, it’s a movie that goes in some interesting directions and makes a lot of money out of its small budget and on its own is worth it. Freelance Mac User

“Yes, we are in The purge meets The foreigners territory here. Evil at the Door takes plot elements from each film to create home invasion horror that, unfortunately, has less horror than anyone would want from such a film. Mainly because evil at the door spends too much time waiting. Literally […] The ending is also a total disappointment! Nerdly

evil at the door is like Seen meets The foreigners, only with the twist of an internal group struggle and a time limit that increases the tension factor for viewers. While a slow burn, evil at the door certainly offers its fair share of thrills as we delve into The Locusts’ history and anticipate their next moves. Pop Horror

“A very cool variation on the home invasion genre, because the film after setting up gradually shifts the perspective from the victims to the perpetrators – and really adds an extra layer of nihilism to the proceedings that way, by presenting the villains of the play as very reasonable people with no real urgency to do what they do gives things a truly chilling dimension. Search my trash

evil at the door squanders a premise that had the potential to be a solid low-budget thriller and spawn its own franchise. It also wastes a good cast and even manages to make its one interesting innovation, the three-hour time limit moot. Voice from the balcony

To free:
evil at the door will premiere exclusively on the Terror Films channel on January 21, 2022. The film will premiere with a live chat event with the filmmakers, cast, and fans. The film will be released widely, on digital platforms and on demand a week later.

Director’s statement:
“I’ve always been intrigued by the ‘damn if you do, damn if you don’t’ choices a person can be presented with. And so “Evil at the Door” was born, starting from a simple scenario: what if you couldn’t warn someone of the danger that awaits, because that would mean exposing yourself to certain death ?

I had been tossing around this script for a while, but it was just an idea for a scene, framed by a home invasion. Then when executive producer Richard Siegelman approached me in early 2020 to fund my next movie, I pitched the idea to him and he loved it. So I started to create a story around this single scene.

From the start, I knew that the film had to be set primarily in one location, given that we were working on a smaller budget and would only have four days to film the entire film.

Very early on, The Locusts were created – this secret guild of guys from all walks of life who pay an annual membership fee in exchange for an “organized home invasion” to attend one night each year. When actor/producer Kenny Yates arrived, we spent a lot of time developing The Locusts’ backstory, story, guild rules, and more. ” of this guild and its members and discussed future films on The Locusts. But this is another story…

Being an actor myself, I always want to make sure that each character is properly fleshed out and not one-dimensional, which is an easy trap to fall into in a genre film like this. So casting becomes very, very important. However, finding the right actors for this film was even more crucial because we had a different approach with the dialogue in that around 60% of it is improvised. Each character either has a story they tell in the film or a moment when their character shares something personal.

I wanted to experiment here and let each actor own this moment by creating their own dialogue in this scene. So we gave them a rundown and some beats to hit in their scenes, and then I let them play. It really allowed the actors to own the moment and worked beautifully.

Even though we were shooting at an incredibly fast pace, we spent a lot of time in pre-production discussing the slow “flow” we wanted the film to have. Kenny (who also served as cinematographer, among his many other roles) was fantastic in allowing the film crew to capture that feeling throughout, while maintaining a fast pace of work.

And during post-production, we were careful to preserve that deliberate beat, and the slow burn is beautifully backed by our composer, Wesley Hughes. I can’t say enough about our small but mighty team!

Cast and characters:
Bruce Davison … John Doe
John James … Roebuck
Scott Hamm … Eisenhower
Robert Allen Mukes … The Cleaner
Sunny Doench … Jessica
Kenny Yates … Nixon
Kipp Tribble … Truman
Matt O’Neill … Daniel
Richard Siegelman … Kennedy
Andrea Sweeney Blanco … Liz
Robert Felsted Jr … Isaac

Filming locations :
Woodland Hills, California

Technical details:
1 hour 22 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Plot Keywords:
burglary | cult | home invasion | killers | masks | sister-sister relationship | secret society | strangers | trap

Trailer:

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