Mike and Samantha planned on going away for the weekend by doing some camping but they each have a friend that is kind of a loner so they end up inviting them to come along. The problem is that Mike's friend, Nancy, is a bit of a religious fanatic and after annoying everyone, he is slipped some LSD in an attempt to calm him down. An idea that turns bad as the LSD turns Nancy from preacher to madman as he starts stalking and killing his so-called friends in the woods. There's something hidden in the woods though. Something that is watching the massacre unfold with devious intentions.
With two successful viewings of screeners from Wild Eye Releasing could I be three times lucky with "Dropping Evil"? The cover art and plot description screamed classic kids-go-to-the-woods-kids-end-up-dead horror movie. A tiresome concept for sure, but hey, so are slashers in general and since "Murder University" turned out surprising well. I guess I still had some of that pesky optimism left over after "Exhumed".
Mike and Samantha plan on taking a camping trip to a cabin for the weekend for some quality alone time but then Mike starts feeling bad for his friend Nancy. Ever since becoming a devout Christian, Nancy has become a loner and an outsider. Since Samantha doesn't want Nancy hanging around and disrupting the plans she made with Mike, she brings along her friend, Becky, who is a bit of a loner as well. A good plan until Nancy's religious idealism starts to annoy everyone in the car and in an attempt to calm him down, as a group, they give Nancy some LSD with disastrous results. Nancy loses his mind and starts stalking and killing each of his friends. That's hardly the strangest part about this trip as a corporation has taken a great interest in these four teens and watches over the massacre with unknown intentions.
If "Dropping Evil" is any one thing it's ambitious. The movie has a standard plot of kids going to the woods and yadda, yadda, yadda…but the movie does a lot more and attempts a lot more than the basics. Does that mean it was good though? I'm kind of on the fence about that. I didn't hate "Dropping Evil" and because it was such a busy movie, I was hardly bored watching it. On the other hand though, the movie's ambition far exceeded what it was actually capable of delivering.
At times "Dropping Evil" didn't seem to have a coherent concept or at least one that it was willing to follow through on. Yes, there is the setup of four kids going into the woods BUT that is merely a fraction of what occurs in the movie. There's a subplot that these four kids aren't human -- they contain unique abilities, shall we say. There's a corporation that has been following these kids since they were born. Did they have anything to do with why they are they way they are? What plans do the corporations have for these kids? There's also a religious group that's following these kids. What is their significance though? Then you have the Dionysia and Mr. H characters who seem to be more of a supernatural nature but what are they exactly?
There's many other subplots to "Dropping Evil" and that's where the biggest problem with the movie comes in. There isn't even a main plot to the movie -- the four kids going camping takes a backseat quite often -- but instead it feels like a movie put together with dozens of smaller ideas. For some reason they never follow through with any of these smaller ideas. They're thrown out there, loosely tied to the four kids and…that's about it. So much is done and so little is explained that a fake trailer for "Dropping Evil 2" is thrown in at the end to compensate for there being a lack of a conclusion. Unfortunately, "Dropping Evil" comes across as being a movie where things just happen and then it's over. Nothing is resolved and nothing is explained. That may have been the intentions of Protextor and Doerge but that doesn't mean it's good filmmaking.
Even though there isn't a real ending and far too many subplots that are left unresolved, I still don't want to call "Dropping Evil" a bad movie because, in the end, it wasn't. At least I didn't dislike the movie when it was over. It was more of a case where the people behind the camera are doing too much. Which, in all honesty, I'd rather have that than a movie where people didn't try at all or didn't care. It's an imaginative and fun movie that get's pretty wild at times and that's what saved it for me in the end. A second feature film would actually help out "Dropping Evil" if the creators show some restraint and do nothing more than finish what they started with the first movie.