With an origin story almost as whacked out as the film itself, The Evil Within is an equally hilarious and confounding, discombobulatingly singular vision that has to be seen to be believed. Directed by Andrew Getty, the unemployed, meth-addicted heir to the five-billion-dollar J. Paul Getty oil fortune, it represents his attempt to fulfil a life-long dream to become a legendary horror filmmaker. Self-funding the movie to the tune of $6 million dollars, shooting began in 2002 and stretched out over five years, with Getty personally creating all of the sets, camera rigs and elaborate animatronic robots. Post-production then lagged for almost a decade as the eccentric wannabe director labored over every single frame before an overdose in 2015 ended his life. Inspired by the debilitating nightmares Getty experienced as a child, the story centres on Dennis, an intellectually impaired man who is compelled by his own demonic reflection to kill everyone around him. The Evil Within is a drug-fuelled, politically incorrect trip down the rabbit hole. Imagine a surreal fever dream that merges the narrative stylings of Tommy Wiseau with the visual ambition of David Lynch, and you'd start to get close to the one-of-a-kind viewing experience that is The Evil Within.
The Evil Within | Dir. Andrew Getty | Horror | 98mins | USA | 2017 | Sydney Premiere
“Make no mistake, The Evil Within is very clearly the handiwork of a rank amateur under the influence of powerful narcotics.”
“It is unique, original and inappropriate — with no real redeeming qualities except that this was someone’s life work, and it blows my mind."