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Evil: In the Time of Heroes

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Evil: In the Time of Heroes

(To kako - Stin epohi ton iroon)

North american Premiere

  • Greece 2009
  • 88 min
  • 35mm
  • Greek with English subtitles
Official Selection, Athens International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Germany's Weekend of Fear, 2010

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“Bounteously hands out squirts and bangs, and cuts and slashes, guts and blood by the gallon and all else expected of a zombie-flick” — Joseph Proimakis, QUIET EARTH

Credits

Director: Yorgos Noussias
Screenplay: Claudio Bolivar, Petros Noussias, Yorgos Noussias
Cast: Billy Zane, Argiris Thanasoulas, Meletis Georgiadis, Andreas Kontopoulos, Pepi Moschovakou
Producers: Louizos Aslanidis, Claudio Bolivar, Petros Nousias, Yorgas Noussias
Print Source: Ekso Productions

Marc-de-Foy

Description

Evil never truly dies. It can only be driven back into its deep, dark places, to await its return in the ages to come. In Greece of ancient antiquity, a band of hardy warriors are drinking wine around the campfire when suddenly, from out of the dark around them, vicious flesh-eating ghouls attack. In the melee, a brave young fighter is tragically slain. Three millennia (and three days) later, in a modern-day Athens devastated by an inexplicable epidemic, a band of blood-caked survivors—the sanity-strained soldier, the bereaved family man, the tough-as-nails bottle blonde and the mousy teenage girl—have only a moment to grieve before leaving their fifth member, the affable, sex-obsessed taxi driver Argyris, impaled on a drainage pipe. The same monsters, humans transformed into ravenous cannibal beasts, pursue them. Oddly, it is Argyris who narrates this tale of terror, and with a strangely inappropriate tone of good humour. Argyris doesn’t know it, but the living dead come in more than one form and he has something in common with the slain young warrior from the ancient past…

With 2005’s EVIL, Yorgos Noussias saw to it that his country, Greece, could join the proud league of nations that have issued contributions to that ever more popular and expanding film genre, the post-Romero zombie apocalypse flick. EVIL: IN THE TIME OF HEROES is a prequel, or rather an upgraded, better-funded, wraparound expansion that stands alone just fine. It’s got a gore-caked truckload of savagely graphic battles (fans of the genre may well stand and applaud for a couple of the heads blown off here, so kudos to the effects team!), gleeful black humour at a wickedly quick tempo, irresistibly quirky characters and zombies, zombies, zombies—specifically, the fast, snarling kind. Noussias and his collaborators widen the context this time with a connection to the Greece of myth, embodied by a sinister and mysterious figure—played by none other than Billy Zane!—and wrap it all up with a suckerpunch of a conclusion. Gritty, grungy and crackling with nervous energy and neurotic wit, EVIL: IN THE TIME OF HEROES is a worthy addition to the canon of living-dead cinema.

—Rupert Bottenberg

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