The Field Guide to Evil collects eight different segments from eight different countries that all build from a local legend. As usual with anthology films, Field Guide to Evil is a mixed bag of beans. There are some very good segments, but also some that didn’t really work for me. But I would say, it’s worth seeing because the good parts are really very good.
Plot: Holly (Clémentine Poidatz) is married to Tim (Ali Aksöz) and they are thinking about having children. But Holly struggles with her memories of her parents’ death and that does interfere with her own desire to be a mother. Then Holly dreams of her friend Valery (Alicia Kapudag), who has been missing for a while, and the very next day, Valery is back and invites Holly and Tim to the Umbrella of Love and Mind, an organization that may or may not be a cult, led by Bruce (David Sakurai). There, the lines between dream and reality continue to blur.
Housewife, unfortunately, did not manage to convince me. Given that I haven’t liked anything much that Evrenol has done so far, this came as no surprise to me, but that didn’t make the film any more enjoyable to me.
They put together a strong collection of short films here, some of which were connected to the /slash Filmfestival – where they did show You’re Next, the basis for the Simpsons Couch Gag; both Baskin and Monster were turned into feature films that were also part of the festival program – Baskin and The Babadook respectively; and Jason Eisener had segments in V/H/S 2 and The ABCs of Death, where Lee Hardcastle also made an appearance. The short films ranged from very funny and silly to outright terrifying and most of them were really effective, even if not all worked for me.
[After the jump I’ll talk about each of the films individually.]
Arda (Gorkem Kasal) is new to the police force. His troup, led by Remzi (Ergun Kuyucu), and consisting furthermore of Yavuz (Muharrem Bayrak) and Sabo (Sabahattin Yakut), sit around in a café where things seem playful on the surface, but some tension is noteable. Then they get called away and find themselves in a world that doesn’t seem to be quite on this earth and is full of horrors.
Baskin came with a lot of hype and promises of terrifying horrors. But in the end it’s neither as extreme nor as engaging as I expected.