UK DVD cover
|Directed by||David Grieco|
|Produced by||Mario Cotone|
|Written by||David Grieco|
|Music by||Angelo Badalamenti|
|Edited by||Francesco Bilotti
|Distributed by||Mikado (Italy)
TLA Releasing (UK)
|Running time||111 minutes|
Evilenko is a 2004 English-language Italian crime horror thriller film very loosely based on the Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. Written and directed by David Grieco, the film stars Malcolm McDowell, Marton Csokas, and Ronald Pickup.
In 1984, in Kiev, schoolteacher Andrej Romanovich Evilenko is dismissed from his position after attempting to molest a student. Driven by his psychopathic urges and embittered by the collapse of the Soviet Union, Evilenko begins to rape, kill, and cannibalize women and children. It is hinted throughout the movie that Evilenko somehow gained the power to psychically influence his victims, which accounts for their lack of resistance and his continuous evasion of the authorities.
Vadim Timurouvic Lesiev, a magistrate and family man, is assigned to catch the serial killer. For years, Evilenko eludes Lesiev and psychiatrist Aron Richter, who is assigned to profile the killer. Richter eventually finds Evilenko with a little girl and manages to break Evilenko's hypnotic hold on her, but is killed by Evilenko in retaliation; although it appears to Evilenko that she is run over by a train, the girl escapes alive.
Almost eight years later, Lesiev finally captures Evilenko, who by now has killed 55 people, mostly children and young women. On 22 May 1992, Evilenko goes to court, and on 14 February 1994, he is finally executed. Before his execution, several governments expressed interest in Evilenko's psychic abilities and asked for extradition of Evilenko – alive – but were denied.
- Malcolm McDowell as Andrei Romanovich Evilenko
- Marton Csokas as Vadim Timurovic Lesiev
- Ronald Pickup as Aron Richter
- Frances Barber
- John Benfield
- Alexei Chadyuk as Captain Ramenskij
- Ostap Stupka as Doctor Amitrin
- Vernon Dobtcheff as Bagdasarov
- Adrian McCourt as Surinov
- Ruby Kammer as Tonya
The story is a fictionalization of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo's life. Large segments of the film were adapted from Grieco's novel entitled The Communist Who Ate Children. The character is renamed Andrei Evilenko and the film is claimed to be based on a true story.