Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Midnight Horror Review - Coven of Evil (2020)

Maybe it has something to do with the lack of American horror flims being released because of the pandemic, but a slew of UK horror titles have found their way to VOD and DVD in the USA. Many horrors “reviewers” think British horror is a new thing. Believe it or not, the very first UK horror movie, Faust And Mephistopheles, came out in 1898!

Enough of my rambling. Let’s get on with tonight’s review of Coven of Evil (Not Rated, 100 minutes), a British satanism tale from writer/director Matthew J. Lawrence.

Produced by Macabre Pictures and distributed to DVD by WWMM (Worldwide Multimedia), the film centers on a twenty-something wannabe journalist, Joe (played by John Thacker), living at home with his parents. His only writing credit is an article about Wicca, which gets the attention of a practicing witch, Evie (played by Samantha Moorhouse), who invites Joe to visit her coven in the countryside. With nothing else to do, Joe takes Evie up on her offer.

Shortly after arriving and meeting the coven’s five other members, Joe witness a few freaky things, which includes him being drugged and having a strange sexual encounter during a ritual. He becomes smitten with Evie’s younger sister, Alice (played by Laura Peterson), who isn’t a part of the coven.

To make a long story short, the coven has dark plans for both Joe and Alice.

Final Thoughts

I had read a few reviews for this film before watching it, and I’m taking a guess they’ve never seen a Hammer horror flick. Coven of Evil gives off a late ‘70s Hammer vibe, especially with the satanism cult plot. After the prologue, I knew exactly how the movie would play out. Well, not exactly, but close enough to the actual outcome.

Overall, Coven of Evil is a low-budget horror flick with a few creepy scenes, decent acting, and creative editing. It’s not perfect, but I had a good time watching it.

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