I have a bit of a soft spot for Spanish-language horror (given my last name, I’m sure you can figure out why), so when I first heard about the Evil Eye (Mal de Ojo in Spanish) trailer, I couldn’t wait to check it out. And when I finally did, I was not disappointed. While we obviously have no idea how the movie is going to turn out, I think this is one of the best horror trailers I’ve seen all year.
The film follows a teenage girl named Nala as she travels with her family to her grandmother’s countryside home. They’re looking for a cure for her little sister’s mysterious illness, but while there, Nala discovers that there’s more to her grandmother than meets the eye. As the trailer tells us, she’s actually a witch, and she seems to have some nefarious plans for her unsuspecting granddaughters.
We don’t know what those plans are, but if you ask me, it’s better that way. All we need to know about Evil Eye at this point is the basic premise, and the trailer does the rest. It’s filled with creepy horror imagery from start to finish, and it does a good job of mixing a few standard tropes with some genuinely eyebrow-raising moments that introduce elements we don’t normally associate with witches.
For example, while it has its fair share of stereotypical “creepy old lady” shots, it also features a weird, almost Vecna-like monster that lets us know there’s more to this story than the marketing is letting on. If I had to guess, I’d say that this creature is probably the grandmother’s true form, but we can’t be sure. We’re going to have to watch the movie to find out, and I can’t wait to get that chance.
As of this writing, Evil Eye doesn’t have a release date. All we know is that it’ll be releasing in theaters some time “soon,” and when we find out more, we’ll be sure to let you know.