The Evil Within is a 2015 American psychological horror film written by Allan Scott and directed by Joachim 

The Evil Within

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Directed by

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Joachim Rønning

Produced by Jason Blum

Steven Schneider

Oren Peli

Written by Allan Scott
Based on

The Evil Within


Platinum Games

Music by Clint Mansell

Masafumi Takada (original score)

Cinematography Matthew Libatique
Edited by Andrew Weisblum
Blumhouse Productions
Distributed by
Release date(s)
  • February 16th, 2015
Running time 127 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million
Box office $122,254,269,740

Rønning starring Jonathan GroffDylan O'BrienLaura HaddockRupert FriendGal GadotJim Parrack and Dustin Hoffman. The film is based on the phenomenally succesful and praised 2014 video game of the same name titled in Japan as Psychobreak. The film adaption was released theatrically on February 16th internationally and was an international success ranking in #1 at the Box Office and in its' opening weekend pulling in an extravagant gross revenue triple the size of the budget given Blumhouse productions who bought out the rights from Platinum Games and the video game's director.

The film was nominated for the 2015 Best Horror Film Of The Year by Saturn Awards.

The film follows Detective Sebastian Castellanos a fairly young constable coming into the department of homicide shortly after the violent murder of his wife and 5 year old son. Detective Castellanos along with young analyst and profiler Julie Kidman and a newly recruited even younger fresh out of college Jr Constable Joseph Oda come to investigate Beacon Mental Hospital after with a number of officers after reports of an outbreak hit the media.

Upon coming to the asylum however the three young out of their depth individuals grapple with supernatural evil forces out to destroy them whom have already decimated the mass amount of officers dispatched to the scene.


The film begins in 1953 Anderson County, Philadelphia with three different individuals. The first Laura Breckenridge-Ellis a domesticated housewife who surmounts from a background of sexual and physical abuse and whom is enduring physical abuse at the hands of her current husband Dale Breckenridge.

Laura one night returning home to her infant son Lance and drunken car salesman Dale she provokes his ill-tempered drunken abusive behaviour and after luring him to the upstairs bathroom where a full tub of water is waiting, she then slits his throat and hacks away at him with an axe.

As police and ambulance sirens are overhead with a crying Lance downstairs the scene changes to Laurence Harvey a farm ranch off from a small village. Laurence is a blacksmith and hobby craftsman in his spare time happily engaged and soon to be married. He however one night returning home early uncovers his wife with his brother Donovan and in a momentary blackout murders his brother and wife by smashing their heads in with his blacksmith hammer.

As the police sirens and ambulance sirens sound along with an alarm sounding off the farmhouse the scene comes to the third and final opening character: Charles Graham Ruvika a young history buff living in his Philadelphia Mansion estate with his twin sister and aristocratic parents.

He has a secret workshop set up downstairs where has a collection of dead and still alive suffering animals horribly set up in contraptions and twisted experiments.

His sister discovers this in the basement but before being able to flee and report is happened upon by Ruvik who holds her by the throat until she slips into unconsiousness and then wheels her away to a surgical area.

In the surgical area he skins her alive and barb wires her body down before proceeding upstairs to his parents.

Armed with a compendium covering the black arts he ritualistically murders his father and mother whom he had drugged, disemboweling his father and draining his mother of all her blood which he uses to flood through a small corner and ravel in before the authorities and paramedics arrive.


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