When we think of a horror movie, what comes to mind is an individual materializing from nowhere and killing or chopping people into pieces. Finding an unsuspecting audience nowadays is like looking for a needle in a haystack. We are very well versed in the rhythm of the jump scare, such that the audience knows them ahead of the beat.
All that needs to be done is to cut a close-up of the star and create a tension in the audience in preparation. Bursts of music, deafening noises and faces emerging from nowhere can make your heart skip, send popcorn flying in the air and leave one watching the screen through woven fingers (Winter, 2014). The movie The Evil Within takes a different approach from the typical horror movie. Let’s take a look at it.
After a long day’s work, Sebastian Castellanos is summoned to Beacon Mental Hospital after a case of multiple murders. Intrigued by the event, he responds by arriving with his colleagues, Joseph and Juli. Joseph and Sabastian enter the hospital and assign Juli to stay put as a backup. They enter the hospital to see the bloody scene of the massacre of staff and patients alike. Joseph scouts ahead and comes across a doctor lying on the floor of the security room. He decides to take care of him and asks Sebastian to check the security cameras. The live footage shows a hallway with two policemen shooting at something. A hooded figure the slashes open their throats. The figure then turns around, stares at the camera and disappears in a camera blur effect, and appears behind Sebastian and stabs him with a knife (Games, 2014).
Sebastian wakes up disoriented. He afterward, realizes that his body was hung upside down in the midst of other corpses. In his struggle to free his legs, a being called the Sadist stops in front of him, compelling him to stop and play dead. The Sadist then carries on and takes one of the corpses to take to hisworkshop. After the Sadist leaves, Sebastian swings himself to grab a knife stuck in a nearby corpse. He uses it to cut himself loose and sneaks into theworkshop to steal a bunch of keys. As he makes his way out, he sets off a tripwire, which activates an alarm. The Sadist arrives almost immediately and sees Sebastian fleeing, and chases him with a chainsaw. It promptly catches up with the detective and slices him in the leg, injuring him significantly. Following the narrow escape and limping through the terrifying confines of the hospital, Sebastian has to hide to survive. By carefully maneuvering and fleeing the Sadist again, Sebastian throws himself into the elevator which brings him to safety (Games, 2014).
An earthquake hits the ground, forcing Sebastian to escape the building. He manages to escape, but to his disappointment, the city is destroyed by the earthquake. Officer Connelly arrives at the scene with an ambulance, beckoning him to hurry as the ground under the vehicle gives away. Sebastian just makes it in as Connelly drives away with the road crumbling behind him. Not known to them, the figure from before looks at them as they drive away. As Krimson City falls apart around them, Sebastian gets to know that Joseph did not make it out of the hospital. After a long run in in the city, Sebastian happens to look at the rearview mirror, where he sees the hooded figure amongst the passengers in the backseat. He looks back shocked, only to see Leslie, Kidman and the doctor. The ambulance loses control and falls off a cliff and Sebastian blacks out (Games, 2014).
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