Director Eli Craig should've made up his mind when he wrote the script for LITTLE EVIL, which is about a guy who thinks his new stepson might be the Anti-Christ. During the 1st hour, it switches back and forth from 1 kind of movie to another: -A surreal comedy with some horror elements where people react to weird events as if they made sense. Not because they're stupid, but because they look at them from different points of view. The logic they apply isn't the right one, but it is a logic. -A grounded comedy with a lot of horror elements where only 1 person seems to notice the weird events, while almost everyone else act like they don't happen at all.
Then, the last 1/2 hour turns into a "Save the world" comedy with no horror elements where the audience is supposed to be moved by the father-son bonding, but it doesn't feel genuine. OWEN not only tried to kill GARY a few times; he never smiled to him and barely talked to him. They have 1 fun afternoon (not even a full day) and everything is forgotten? I'm not saying that a person who does that doesn't deserve forgiveness (the idea that the son of THE DEVIL can choose to be good is very intriguing); I'm saying that the character wasn't developed in a way that could allow forgiveness. Also, we never see SAMANTHA apologizing to GARY for treating him like a liar.
That being said, the movie's funny enough and the performances are decent.
6/10 ------------------------------------- You can read comments of other movies in my blog (in English, in Spanish or in Italian).