Kamis, 21 April 2011
David Grieco - Evilenko (2004)
What sort of man could rape, kill, and eat dozens of women and children, yet remain uncaught for nearly twenty years? Meet "Evilenko".
The main character is based on prolific Russian woman/child killer/cannibal Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo. A Russian professor, Chikatilo murdered over 50 women and children from 1982 to 1990. He enjoyed cutting them, raping them while they bled, then killing them - and, in some cases, eating them.
"Evilenko" is written and directed by Italian journalist David Grieco, who adapted the screenplay from his own book on Chikalito, "The Communist Who Ate Children". Unlike "Citizen X" - a film on the same murders which follows the Russian police's side of the story - "Evilenko" focuses on the murderer himself.
It's 1982, and Russia's Communist government is failing. Devout, disillusioned Communist Andrej Romanovic Evilenko (played wonderfully ghoulishy by McDowell) attempts his first attack on a young girl, is fired from his job, and begins his downward spiral into depravity. The murders are never shown, though the police descriptions of the bodies and the quick glipmses of murder scenes (including a gore-spattered train bathroom) are plenty gruesome.
After a couple dozen victims are found, Detective Vadim Timurovic Lesiev (Csokas) is assigned to track down whoever is raping and killing young Russian children and women. He's chosen, in part, because he has a very young daughter and thus motivation to capture a man who preys on young children. From there, the chase is slow-building, but holds your interest.