Prepare yourself for an intense dose of gore with Demián Rugna’s When Evil Lurks. This gripping film not only delves into the dark realm of possession; but also treats your senses to mind-boggling visuals that are bound to make you avert your gaze from the screen in sheer shock. It’s a thrilling new perspective on a familiar theme. We extend our kudos to IFC Films & Shudder for delivering this Argentinean masterpiece just in time for the spine-tingling season ahead.

Rugna’s When Evil Lurks promises an unforgettable cinematic experience. Blending horror and suspense in a way that will leave you on the edge of your seat. With its unique take on the age-old theme of possession; this film is a testament to the genre’s enduring ability to surprise and terrify.


Ezequiel Rodríguez and Demián Salomón in Demián Rugna’s WHEN EVIL LURKS. Courtesy of Shudder and IFC Films. A Shudder and IFC Films Release.

In the heart-pounding tale of When Evil Lurks; brothers Pedro (Ezequiel Rodríguez) and Jimmy (Demián Salomón) stumble upon a horrifying revelation: a demonic infection has taken root in a nearby farmhouse. Its malevolent presence seeping into the very fabric of their community. Contaminating even the local livestock. In a desperate bid to rid their land of this insidious menace, they venture forth to expel the malevolent entity. However, their rash and ill-informed attempts at exorcism inadvertently unleash an alarming epidemic of possession. As the sinister force seizes control of their rural community they find themselves racing against time. Their only hope rests in the hands of a seasoned “cleaner” capable of halting this supernatural plague.

When Evil Lurks is a thrillingly original take on the possession film genre. Masterfully crafted by Argentine horror maestro Demián Rugna, renowned for his work on “Terrified.” With its shocking twists and supernatural chills, this film promises to keep you at the edge of your seat, offering a unique and spine-tingling cinematic experience that will leave you gripped by fear and anticipation.


Ezequiel Rodríguez in Demian Rugna’s WHEN EVIL LURKS. Courtesy of Shudder and IFC Films. A Shudder and IFC Films release.

When Evil Lurks unfolds in its original Spanish language with English subtitles, a choice that might give some viewers pause when considering a non-native language film. However, it’s important to emphasize that this movie doesn’t merely rely on linguistic elements; it thrives on its profoundly disturbing visuals. The narrative holds nothing back in delivering a truly wild and visceral story that unapologetically stuns. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of brutal and shocking kill scenes that will make you instinctively look away in sheer disbelief. Yet, these visuals aren’t gratuitous. They serve a pivotal role in vividly conveying the terrifying depths of the possession theme, enhancing the overall impact of the film.

When Evil Lurks uses its shocking scenes to create an unforgettably eerie atmosphere that’s crucial to the storytelling. So, while it may test your limits, the film’s commitment to the art of fear and suspense, through these visuals, is what makes it an experience worth embracing. Even for those who might initially be hesitant about language barriers.


Ezequiel Rodríguez in Demian Rugna’s WHEN EVIL LURKS. Courtesy of Shudder and IFC Films. A Shudder and IFC Films Release.

When Evil Lurks takes the classic possession theme and gives it a compelling makeover. In this film, it unravels a chilling concept that sets it apart from the typical possession narrative – ‘The Evil’ preys on your deepest fears to gain control over you and your loved ones. This intriguing twist resonated strongly with me because, in most possession-themed movies, the victim appears to be randomly afflicted. However, in When Evil Lurks, the possibility that you might unwittingly invite ‘The Evil’ into your life by harboring your own fears adds a disturbing layer of psychological horror. The film explores the unsettling notion that your innermost anxieties can become the gateway for a malevolent force that manipulates your mind, leaving you haunted by enduring and immeasurable fears.

This innovative take on possession, tethered to personal fears, not only captivates viewers with its spine-tingling narrative but also invites contemplation about its real-world implications. In a society where politicians and media often exploit our deepest fears to manipulate behaviors, When Evil Lurks presents an unsettling parallel to the forces that prey on our vulnerabilities every day. It serves as a stark reminder of the power fear holds in our lives and how easily it can be harnessed to drive individuals down dark and destructive paths.


Prepare to be genuinely shocked and horrified, because When Evil Lurks spares no one. Even the most resilient fans of the genre will find themselves instinctively turning away from their screens. It’s a testament to the film’s ability to evoke spine-tingling terror. However, it’s essential to clarify that this film’s shocking elements serve a higher purpose.

Every aspect of the narrative, from its grotesque and brutal visuals to its spine-chilling plot; is meticulously crafted to give the possession theme the utmost reverence it deserves. The filmmaker skillfully balances shocking moments with meaningful storytelling. Ensuring that each unsettling scene contributes to the profound exploration of the subject matter. This film redefines the expectations for possession-themed horror movies. It introduces a gripping new dimension where ‘The Evil’ gains entry through one’s deepest, most personal fears.

When Evil Lurks is a testament to the art of horror filmmaking, demonstrating that impactful shocks can coexist harmoniously with a meaningful and thought-provoking story. It raises the bar for possession-themed horror movies by offering a chilling exploration of how our innermost fears can become the portal through which malevolence infiltrates our lives. This innovative approach adds a new layer of psychological terror to the genre, leaving an indelible mark on viewers and setting a high standard for future horror films to aspire to.

When Evil Lurks will make its exclusive streaming debut on Shudder on Friday, October 27, 2023. While, IFC Films will release in select theaters on October 6, 2023.

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