By now, everyone is familiar with (or should be familiar with) The Omen, the tale of a horrible error in judgement, which led to one man becoming the father of the anti-Christ. In this hilarious comedy-horror, the road to raising the son of Satan is a lot more bumpy, and as usual, there is no instruction manual. While being a step-parent can be very difficult, especially for someone who has no children of their own, newly-married Gary Bloom (Adam Scott) is confident that his wife, Samantha (Evangeline Lilly), will ensure a close bond with his new stepson, Lucas (Owen Atlas). The only problem is, while many step-parents think their step-kids are a nightmare, Lucas is a Little Evil.
From the very beginning, the audience realizes that 5-year-old Lucas is not like other kids. Disaster seems to follow the kid, and those unfortunate enough to be in his vicinity, everywhere he goes. Gary soon learns of the multiply-widowed Samantha’s previous husbands, as well as Lucas’ terrorized teachers. Still, he is determined to make his new family work, despite Lucas’s staunch disinterest in him, so Gary joins a support group for stepfathers. Still, quiet Lucas’s odd and dangerous behaviour doesn’t subside, and Samantha insists on coddling her problem child, which puts a strain on the new marriage.
With many hilarious references to horror films past, Little Evil takes us on a journey of a stepfather who goes above and beyond to keep his new family together. Armed with love, folklore, real estate experience, and a group of the toughest, most eccentric stepdads around, Gary is determined to bond with his new son and deal with his abusive, absentee father, or die trying. Witty, clever, and featuring excellent comedic timing, Little Evil is the rare (possibly unique?) heart-warming horror that won’t keep you up and night but will keep you coming back for more.
I give this one 4.25 stars.