"Stan Against Evil" is the Campy Horror Fun You've Been Waiting For
Looking for a fun Fall show with the perfect combination of horror and comedy? Perhaps you're a fan of intriguing makeup work and silly special effects? Are you maybe just a big fan of hilarious "Scrubs" alum John C. McGinley? Well look no further for your entertainment needs than the IFC show which checks all the boxes, "Stan Against Evil".
If you're looking for a profound storyline or impressive character-building, you are barking up the wrong tree here. This show is reliant mainly on classic horror tropes and sophomoric humor. Fortunately for horror fans, these traits scratch just the right itch based on the global interest in works like "Army of Darkness" and "Tucker and Dale vs Evil".
McGinley plays Stan, a man who discovers that his recently deceased wife was fighting evil forces which were trying to kill him because he was the sheriff of Williards Mill. Now retired and living with his daughter, the evils of the town are still trying to kill Stan and the new sheriff, Evie Barret. The trio teams up to fight off a very interesting cast of monstrous antagonists, including witches, a goat monster, a spider-human, a pig-creature, and many others. The effects and prosthetics are not exactly perfect, but they are fun and hilarious, with the lead characters usually ending each episode covered in over-the-top gore upon the defeat of whatever creature is tormenting them.
I give this show a strong recommendation to all horror/comedy fans. The first season has come and gone, but I had no trouble finding them through xfinity on demand, and I'm sure you can access them easily through your google machine. Even better news: Season 2 is premiering in November on IFC, providing horror enthusiasts with entertainment following the scare-inundated Halloween season. See the trailer below.
Grade: A- (Strongly Recommend)