Review: 'Welcome To The Blumhouse: Evil Eye' is Stretched Thin

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Oct 12, 2020
'Welcome To The Blumhouse: Evil Eye'
'Welcome To The Blumhouse: Evil Eye'  

In the second of this round of Blumhouse Television releases "Welcome to Blumhouse: Evil Eye" we once again get what is essentially a contained episode of an anthology series stretched within an inch of its life so it can be a "movie."

Here, we have an all-Indian cast and some mythology about the cultural evil eye, but beyond those interesting aspects, this is just a tepid "Fatal Attraction"-style thriller that only thrills in the last fifteen minutes.

Sunita Mani (excellent in the current "Save Yourselves") plays Pallavi, an independent gal living in New Orleans working as an English teacher. It will be no surprise that she really wants to be a novelist, though. Of course she does!

Her mother Usha (Sarita Choudhury "Mississippi Masala") is a superstitious woman who survived a traumatic incident when she was younger. When her daughter starts dating Sandeep (Omar Maskati) — a guy she found by herself, without her mother's intervention — Usha becomes suspicious. Why? Because she thinks he isn't who is says he is and may be linked the curse she received over twenty years earlier.

Of course, mom has some emotional and mental issues, so when she tries to tell her family her concerns, they essentially just pat her on the head and tell her to rest. So is she crazy? Or is there something preternatural at work?

The acting by all involved here is good. All are game, and it's always nice to see Choudhury on screen with a meaty role.

The issue is the script by Maduri Shekar, based on an Audible story. As with all of the other "Welcome to the Blumhouse" thrillers, this story is stretched too thin, causing scenes to replay themselves. Also, the film is set in New Orleans, which has a ton of personality, yet aside from a few static shots, you'd never know where Pallavi lives.

While this is a romantic thriller, the story lacks danger until the final act, when it suddenly picks up and grabs your attention. The last 10-15 minutes are fun and suspenseful, and the cast is truly terrific. I just wish it could have been a tight 50-minute episode so that the thrills would feel thrilling and the drama would feel urgent instead of lackadaisical.

"Welcome To The Blumhouse: Evil Eye" streams at Amazon Prime starting Oct. 13.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.

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