I probably don’t need to clear this up but just in case. This is a review of a Greek zombie called Evil rather than a review of Evil itself. Evil is the English title of To Kako (Το Κακό) and is the first ever greek zombie movie. Evil was released in 2005 and I don’t know how many Greek zombie movies have been released since then but I may find out some day. I know there is, at least, one more, though, the sequel to this movie: Evil: In the Time of Heroes (To Κακό 2: Στην Eποχή Tων Hρώων). I actually came across the trailer for Evil: In the Time of Heroes which features Billy Zane and that was how I found out about this movie.
Evil is a low-budget zombie movie set in Athens. While most of the actors have some charisma and you root for them, their performances weren’t so great. I’m inclined to attribute some of the blame to the director and the editor, though. The special effects look cheap, probably because they were but I don’t think this had much of an impact on the movie. Well, maybe it had a positive impact because I rather enjoyed the ridiculousness of the battles with zombies. There are a lot of zombies and they came up with many great ways to take them down. There were a few chuckles and a snort or two.
Evil starts off with some construction workers discovering a cavern and then deciding to explore a little. Something happens in there. It’s off camera, so we are left to guess what happened. My guess is that they were possessed by some evil force rather than get bitten by a zombie. They later turn into flesh-hungry zombies and start the zombie apocalypse. I don’t know if it’s global but Athens is definitely in deep trouble. After work, the three construction workers go their separate way. One is at home with his family, another at a nightclub and the third is at a football match when they turn and start to bite. Their victims become zombies and within hours, the whole of Athens is teeming with zombies.
We follow a two small groups of survivors who eventually meet up. They mostly don’t know each other but bond fairly quickly and at some point hours after zombies have taken over the city they suddenly become creative and proficient zombie slayers.
There is a huge amount of splatter and gore. It’s all low quality but a lot of fun. There are even a few tense moments despite the poor editing and while the story doesn’t add anything new, it’s not the worst. If you enjoyed Braindead (Dead Alive) you’ll probably like this. I’ll watch the 2009 sequel to see if they improved.
As mentioned above, we are not quite sure how they come about but I think three construction workers were possessed by an evil spirit that turned them into zombies. They then turned others by biting them.
How to kill the zombies
Destroy the brain. Decapitation seems to do the job too.
I don’t remember anything in particular. It was subtitled anyway. If you know, please let me know in the comments.