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Evilenko is a 2004 horror film loosely based on Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo.

Andrej Romanovich Evilenko (Malcolm McDowell) is a teacher in the Soviet Union and staunch adherent of the Communist Party who is fired after molesting one of his students. Discovering his psychopathic nature and ability to hypnotize people, Evilenko starts to claim numerous victims, many of them children, while a Soviet magistrate with a family of his own desperately attempts to track him down.


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  • Ax-Crazy: Evilenko is completely deranged, becoming a serial killer so he can engage in rape, murder, and cannibalism.
  • Compelling Voice: Evilenko possesses some sort of psychic control over people, which is explained to be the reason why his victims went with him willingly and why he was able to elude the authorities for many years.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Seriously, a serial killer named "Evilenko"?
  • Serial Killer: Evilenko is based off Andrei Chikatilo (though much more loosely). The serial killer main character has psychic powers now.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: When Evilenko is finally captured and escorted to the courthouse, he has to be transported in an armored vehicle and accompanied by multiple guards to prevent the livid crowds of parents outside from ripping him to shreds before he can even stand trial for his murders.
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  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: It's very loosely based on the crimes of Andrei Chikatilo, a Russian serial killer. The movie portrays him as a hard-liner Soviet possessed of psychic powers enabling him to lure his victims to their deaths. It even goes so far as to suggest that American or European agencies wanted to whisk him away in order to study his hypnotic powers but were denied.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Evilenko is a serial killer who primarily targets children.

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