I once watched a video where a woman, crouched down and masturbating beside a horse, was kicked in the head by the beast's magnificent hooves. It was funny and simple. There was a woman. There was a horse. Horse hooves collided with woman's head. Laughs ensued. There is something to be said for keeping things uncomplicated, especially if one doesn't have the skills to properly build a complex machine.
Dropping Evil aims for the moon and eats pavement. What we have here is another badly assembled indie horror flick that can't be bothered to sort out its twists and turns, and pads out its running time with subhuman conversations performed by bad actors. Once more, audiences are expected to sit for nearly an hour and a half, while a filmmaker botches every facet of filmmaking. There is not single moment that suggests any inspiration went into the creation of Dropping Evil.
The "plot" concerns Mike (Tom Taylor), a dullard with floppy hair, and his girlfriend Sam (Rachel Howe), the lead singer of a heinous garage band. They plan on taking a camping trip, with Sam blindsiding Mike with the news that she has invited her dorky friend Becky (Cassandra Powell) along. To balance out the loserdom, Sam ask Mike to bring along his former friend turned religious nut Nancy (Zachery Eli Lint). Nancy is an uptight wad, always rambling on about sin and harlots and hedonism.
So, we have a basic set-up: four young people going into the woods for the weekend. Bad things will presumably happen. It's a tale as old as the hills. But Dropping Evil wants to shake the cage with its gimpy hands. Prior to leaving for the trip, Becky is abducted by some kind of religious organization that implants a camera in her eye. The specifics of this group are vague. Their work facility seems to be comprised of two white rooms with televisions and a concrete tunnel beneath the building. These sequences are shot in black and white, though I'm at loss as to why. I guess it's so we know this shit is different from the colored shit.
Furthering the stupidity, Mike and Sam decide to dose Nancy with LSD...cause why the hell not. The explanation is that the drug will calm his Bible-thumping, but I'm not sure these goons know what LSD does. Has anyone ever been calmed by LSD? I've known people who have done it and nothing in their experiences suggests that their trips are relaxing. You might be saying, hey, shithead, why focus so much on this one plot point? Well, when a movie asks me to root for characters and they're as dumb as a rhubarb, stuff like this sticks out.
It all devolves into nonsense. Nancy freaks out and begins hacking up his friends. Black clad enforcers from the organization stalk the woods to look for...I dunno. Floppy Mike whines and cries and pukes. Fred Williamson, Armin Shimmerman (Quark from Deep Space 9), and Ed Neal (Hitchhiker from Texas Chainsaw) all show up for cameos, and Tiffany Shepis (too good for this garbage) wanders around as a new recruit for the shadowy organization. Because stupid people are too stupid to know how stupid they are, the filmmakers inject a bunch of mystical mumbo jumbo in the last twenty minutes, making an already half-assed movie into something just intolerable.
The stinkiest thing about Dropping Evil is that it fancies itself a partial satire of religious extremism. Nancy is named as such because he's such a wuss, get it? Har har. Answer me this -- if Nancy is so straight edge, then why does he have four or five skull and crossbone tattoos on his forearm. The makers couldn't even be bothered to put him in a long sleeve shirt. Compounding the idiocy, all the ending twists attempt position the film as a subversive, psychedelic jab at how "corporate" religion is in America, maaaaaan. Ugh.
If you decide this sounds like your cup of tea, be warned that the movie doesn't even end properly. Aping that horseshit Robert Rodriguez pulled in his Machete movies, Dropping Evil's makers top off their film with a faux-ad for a sequel, promising all the answers will be found there. Fuck that, and fuck this movie.
Wild Eye Releasing was kind enough to take pity on these poor goobers and release their movie. It can be ordered here.