First Look: Paul Wesley Stars in Shudder’s ‘History of Evil’

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January 24, 2024

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This February, get swept away by a chilling tale of family unraveling amidst the dystopian shadows of a near-future America. Shudder, the home of horror, unveils the official poster for their upcoming original film, History of Evil. A face wrapped in plastic screams out against a bright red backdrop, creating a simple but stunning poster.

Written and directed by Bo Mirhosseni, the film stars Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Jackie Cruz (“Orange Is the New Black”) and promises to blend social commentary, suspense, and family drama delivered in a terrifying spectacle. Murphee Bloom and Rhonda Johnsson Dents also star.

A Family In Danger

History of Evil depicts a hauntingly desolate landscape and the despair of a nation under the thumb of a theocratic police state. A seemingly ordinary family huddles together – a mother, father, and daughter. The father, played by Wesley, appears to shield his loved ones. Yet, a subtle shadow seems to cling to him, hinting at the sinister forces lurking beneath the surface.

The film depicts a world where war and corruption have ravaged America, transforming it into a land of oppression and fear. Seeking refuge in a remote house, the family initially finds brief solace. However, the secrets buried within the house’s walls begin to emerge, unleashing a malevolent force that preys on Ron’s vulnerabilities.

As the dark past of the safe house intertwines with Ron’s own descent into madness, the family dynamic fractures. They are forced to confront not only the external threat of the militia but also the terrifying darkness that has taken root within their own home.

Coming This February

Witness History of Evil, premiering exclusively on Shudder on February 23, 2024.

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