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Necessary Evil [DVD]

Lance Henriksen , Danny Trejo , Peter J. Eaton    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lance Henriksen, Danny Trejo, Donald Agnelli, Mirelly Taylor, Robert Seymone
  • Directors: Peter J. Eaton
  • Producers: Nick Plantico, Eric Feldman, Scott Robertson Price
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: OMG
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PHJLMS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thriller starring Lance Henriksen. When investigative reporter Deborah Fielding (Kathryn Fiore) begins to delve into the history of Edgewater Psychiatric Institute while researching a new story, she uncovers a deadly web of intrigue and corruption stemming from the top-secret and highly dubious experiments of deranged scientist Dr Fibrian (Henriksen).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly disappointing, cinematic mess 22 Sep 2010
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
If this film were a supermarket, someone would be on the loudspeaker calling for cleanup on every freakin' aisle. The only thing necessary for this utter mess of a movie is a complete re-write and re-casting. Don't count on Lance Henriksen to save the day here; having recently accumulated a string of bad movies notches in his acting belt, Henriksen is no longer capable of carrying a weak film solely on his own shoulders. Indeed, with parts such as this one, I believe that Henriksen is becoming a caricature of his former self, and that poses quite a problem for a plot-challenged movie filled with bad actors.

It's obvious from the start that Necessary Evil doesn't have a lot going for it. For one thing, the movie opens with an extended narrative voiceover, (which is pretty much a cinematic neon sign flashing the words "Bad movie ahead"). Then, before we even get to the opening credits (which appear to have been made using an old Commodore 64), we see that a band of mercenaries making their way to a mysterious and dangerous artifact have brought a stripper along with them. I'm sorry - what? Was the writer of this garbage on drugs? I won't reveal what this archaeological discovery consists of, but it forms an integral part of one mad scientist's plan to achieve immortality. Dr. Neal Fibrian (Henriksen) runs a huge psychiatric hospital by day, but all he really cares about is getting his drug Reficul (which he has tested extensively on his patients) on the market. Working in cahoots with a large pharmaceutical company, he's finally managed to get the drug approved by the corrupt FDA. (What does the marketing of this drug have to do with his own immortality, you ask? If the writer knows, he sure isn't telling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars danny trejo and lance h 31 July 2010
Format:DVD
with machete due soon this danny trejo thriller will be another good watch ...all the stuff of horror/action/thriller
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Necessarily So! 4 Feb 2010
By PR GUY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
With the exception of Lance Henriksen's stellar performance, this was a total yawner! What a waste of time. The writer of this inept loser must have been on drugs...and not the legal kind. I could have done better with a few glasses of wine (legal stuff) LOL! The cover of this DVD has nothing to do with the movie...none whatsoever. It should have been a 30-minute short story. There's no horror...no thrills...horrible acting (except for Lance)...and no special effects...in fact...NOTHING special. AVOID!
3.0 out of 5 stars It was an Ok Movie 8 Oct 2010
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I liked it.. Nothing too scary but good. arrived on time in great condition. No complaints Just not a 5 star kinda movie.
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a look! 10 Oct 2009
By Jeffrey A. Pillars - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this movie. When I look for movies I avoid the mainstream stuff. And most anything from Asylum Pictures. This is definitely not mainstream. It's offbeat, unusual and more than a little hinky. And that's a good thing. Is it perfect? I've never seen a perfect movie. But this movie doesn't follow a pat formula. It's creepy, atmospheric and the cast is solid. It's got Lance Henrikson, Danny Trejo, Gary Hudson and Richard Reihle. Those are names that I look for in movies as a fan of character actors. And it has a brief appearance by a creepy-ass clown. Bonus. It's not for everyone, granted, but genre fans will be pleased. It's worth your while to spend a little time with "Necessary Evil". Well done, all.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly disappointing, cinematic mess 22 Sep 2010
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
If this film were a supermarket, someone would be on the loudspeaker calling for cleanup on every freakin' aisle. The only thing necessary for this utter mess of a movie is a complete re-write and re-casting. Don't count on Lance Henriksen to save the day here; having recently accumulated a string of bad movies notches in his acting belt, Henriksen is no longer capable of carrying a weak film solely on his own shoulders. Indeed, with parts such as this one, I believe that Henriksen is becoming a caricature of his former self, and that poses quite a problem for a plot-challenged movie filled with bad actors.

It's obvious from the start that Necessary Evil doesn't have a lot going for it. For one thing, the movie opens with an extended narrative voiceover, (which is pretty much a cinematic neon sign flashing the words "Bad movie ahead"). Then, before we even get to the opening credits (which appear to have been made using an old Commodore 64), we see that a band of mercenaries making their way to a mysterious and dangerous artifact have brought a stripper along with them. I'm sorry - what? Was the writer of this garbage on drugs? I won't reveal what this archaeological discovery consists of, but it forms an integral part of one mad scientist's plan to achieve immortality. Dr. Neal Fibrian (Henriksen) runs a huge psychiatric hospital by day, but all he really cares about is getting his drug Reficul (which he has tested extensively on his patients) on the market. Working in cahoots with a large pharmaceutical company, he's finally managed to get the drug approved by the corrupt FDA. (What does the marketing of this drug have to do with his own immortality, you ask? If the writer knows, he sure isn't telling.) Anyway, only two things stand in the way of this stupid master plan: a nosy detective still looking for a girl who disappeared over a decade earlier and a journalism student determined to blow the lid off of whatever is happening at Dr. Fibrian's hospital.

Given the unprecedented power of the bad guys, you have to wonder why they didn't just do away with Detective Russo (Eric Feldman) at some point over the fourteen years he's been nosing around. After all, Russo is a pretty good detective, quite capable of making huge illogical leaps over giant plot holes in the story. Young investigative journalist Deborah Fielding (Kathryn Fiore), on the other hand, poses a different kind of threat to the project, as she unknowingly has a part to play in Dr. Fibrian's elaborate plans. Laughably, given her penchant for wearing tight jeans around her tiny waist, Deborah is supposedly a few months pregnant. That sort of works out, though, because those tight jeans and a pretty face are about all Kathryn Fiore brings to the table; if she has any real acting skills, she pretty much keeps them to herself throughout the course of this entire movie.

Lest there be any doubt, I hereby declare Necessary Evil a lousy movie. The only thing worse than the acting is the script, and there's no sign of action or suspense at any point in the film. After you waste almost a million dollars on something, I guess you have to go ahead and release it - but that doesn't make it right.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NECESSARY NONSENSE 4 Oct 2009
By Michael Butts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
POOR LANCE HENRIKSEN..ONCE CONSIDERED A TOP NOTCH ACTOR, HE FINDS HIMSELF ONCE AGAIN IN A REAL LOSER. A PLOT WITH MORE HOLES THAN SWISS CHEESE, A LEADING ACTRESS WITH LITTLE TALENT, HORRIBLE FX..IT'S NOT EVEN CHEESY..IT'S JUST BAD. I LIKE CAMPY BAD B MOVIES, BUT THIS ONE STINKS.
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