This vile horror flick, a congealed mess of excruciatingly graphic gore effects and comically ludicrous monster-movie scripting, is a lightweight contender for the title of worst video release of its year. One of those international co-productions that could foster a new wave of
isolationism, THE EVIL WITHIN would be totally repellent but for its unintentionally campy script, which plays like some crude obstetrics joke that lost its punchline in the translation from French to English.
Joining the circus is not the lark it's cracked up to be for pregnant, pathetic Yanka (Emmanuelle Escourrou), who's abused by her jealous employer/main squeeze (Christian Singer). After a leopard arrives from Africa, the unfortunate creature succumbs to ALIEN disease: the evil spawn within bursts
from its body, slithers into Yanka's insides, and supplants her fetus. (Several murders later, viewers learn that the crawling beast is primordial sludge from the ocean floor.) The fetal sea monkey demands blood for nourishment, and Yanka's placenta becomes a happening place. Changing jobs,
residences, and towns to avoid suspicion, Yanka eventually bonds with the creature, which displays an avid curiosity about human-folk when it's not urging Yanka to simply drink their blood. Among the reluctant donors are Yanka's former beau; a pick-up outside a movie theater; a nondescript
Lothario named Richard (Jean-Francois Guillotte), whose body is discovered by his galpal Rosette (Roselyne Geslot); and a hapless jogger (Jacques Audlard), whom Yanka strangles with a phone cord during the last stages of her pregnancy. As the fetal-fiend urges her to drive toward the sea, she
commandeers a mobile plasma bank where she feasts. The blood-mobile crashes, but the unborn thing revives her. After giving birth, the itinerant heroine boards a bus full of randy football players; they're about to gang-rape her when the infant humanoid slaughters the bus driver, causing a crash
and fatal explosion. However, a bloody trail suggests that Yanka Jr. does make it back to the sea.
Watching Yanka converse with her tummy is like viewing a sex education film starring Senor Wences. The bewildered mom has to put up with a stream of sassy back-talk, delivered by her fetus in a voice pitched somewhere between William Buckley Jr. and Fernando Rey. As the daffy plot unreels,
continuity disappears; gaps in the action are made more prominent by choppy editing and unbelievably inept direction. Ultimately, however, the fun is seriously compromised by lip-smacking depictions of savage, blood-spraying, body-dismembering homicides. It's too repugnant to be called a camp
classic, but this gore-a-thon will nonetheless divert connoisseurs of the ineffably awful. By the time Yanka forges a mother-child symbiosis with the monster she hosts, THE EVIL WITHIN has become a horror vaudeville act. (Graphic Violence, extensive nudity, extreme profanity, sexualsituations.)
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- Released: 1994
- Rating: NR
- Review: This vile horror flick, a congealed mess of excruciatingly graphic gore effects and comically ludicrous monster-movie scripting, is a lightweight contender for the title of worst video release of its year. One of those international co-productions that cou… (more)