We live in strange times, if it wasn’t for that I would say this movie, President Evil would surprise you. These days I doubt anything would surprise us.
President Evil is a horror comedy about three young women, a Muslim, Mexican and a Haitian, who are staked by a deranged killer dressed as US President Donald Trump.
While the title may make you think otherwise, this is not a parody of Resident Evil. President Evil is an overtly political satire of John Carpenter’s Halloween. This intention was clear from the first frame, with an opening credit sequence and score that mirrors the 1978 Horror Classic. They do make subtle references to other movies, such as Seven and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which was fun.
This rather unique antagonist, David, played by Ryan Quinn Adams (“On The Fence”, “Before The Dark”), starts his killing spree when he escapes from a mental clinic.
This story takes place days before the 2018 Mid-term Elections, so the release of this movie is well timed. President Evil is an anti-Trump, Democratic leaning narrative, and it does not shy away from this at all.
I feel I quickly need to get this out of the way, I am an American, my politics are progressive, so I am the kind of citizen who would respond to this movie. I do feel however, that what America really needs is a choice besides these elephants and donkeys. That’s enough, I’ll get off my soapbox before I trip over it.
While I did find President Evil to be entertaining, it started to lose my vote during several scenes where the political views of these characters became preachy.
I wish the filmmakers kept the political aspects as subtext and metaphor throughout the whole story, instead of dividing the ticket, as it were. A few parts of the movie were laugh out loud funny. Some of the humor is crude, at other times the jokes are quite sophisticated.