Sunday, October 18, 2020

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 18: Evil Eye

Evil Eye is one of four Blumhouse Productions debuting on Amazon Prime this month, and if this one is any indication, these films will not be up to the standards of the best Blumhouses, but if you have Prime and want to watch a brand new horror movie, you could do worse.

What's best about Evil Eye is its cultural representation, focused on an Indian family. Pallavi (played by Sunita Mani of Glow), is a young woman living in New Orleans. Usha (Sarita Choudhury) is her protective mother, who has moved back to India with Pallavi's father (Bernard White). As Pallavi is nearing 30 and not yet married, Usha's main concern is finding her a husband--and making sure Pallavi avoids the curse Usha is convinced is Pallavi's fate.

It's all a little melodramatic, but I appreciated the use of the horror genre to examine some truths about abusive relationships, and how such patterns can run in families, even if it isn't always chalked up to reincarnation.

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