The oddly named Everto is an attempt to recreate the feel of the horror films of the 70s and 80s. A quiet town is shattered by a string of brutal murders. Suspicion falls on Skylar who seems to know all the victims and even be at the scene of some of the killings. It’s up to her and her friend Hayden to stop the killings and deal with a killer who seems to be more than human.
The film starts slowly, very slowly. Indeed it takes nearly 30 minutes before things really get moving. Most of this could be edited out and not effect the film. At 154 minutes the film is way to long, with a lot of unneeded dialogue that slow the film way down at times. There’s real no need for it to run much longer than 90 minutes, and it would have been a much better film at that length.
And that’s a shame because Everto is still a good enough film. Once the killings begin it builds up suspense nicely, keeping us off guard about the killer’s real nature and motives. Several of the stalking sequences build real tension and are further enhanced as the killer starts reaching into his bag of tricks. And the kills themselves, while not overly bloody are frequently wince inducing with a meat hook being the weapon of choice.
The cast of unknowns are, for the most part, competent to good in their roles. Alessandra Spoletini as Skylar gets our sympathy as the cute girl next door suddenly in the center of a nightmare. Allison Schuette is also good as her sister Molly even if they look nothing alike, and Jonathan Schneider rounds out the leads as Hayden, he’s ok if somewhat bland in the generic friend role.
Of course in a film like this the killer is as important as the heroine, if not more so, and Jack Straw or Everto if you prefer certainly is creepy enough. He’s a Micheal Myers type of slasher, silent and given to appearing out of nowhere with strength beyond his size since he’s not a hulking Jasonesque figure. He also has what seem to be supernatural abilities although their extent and origin are left unexplained. I wouldn’t mind seeing some of that cleared up in a second film, provided the writers learn how to edit their script a bit better.
Everto is a fairly good film that is just a bit of editing away from being a very good one. If you don’t mind dealing with the slow spots it’ll fill the bill for an afternoon’s entertainment.