All Hallow’s Eve is in our midst and that can only mean the return of IFC’s cult-hit horror comedy, Stan Against Evil!
Created by Dana Gould, the series stars John C. McGinley, Janet Varney, Nate Mooney, and Deborah Baker Jr. This season boasts an impressive roster of guest stars including Scott Adsit as an apathetic demon-plumber named Bill, Maria Bamford as the stern, uptight Nurse Pickles and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Zach, a character in a popular vampire show who has a special connection with Denise. Comedian David Koechner also returns this season as Kenny, Sheriff Evie’s self-absorbed ex-husband.
The third season begins right where the second left off, with Stan (John C. McGinley) still stuck in an inter-dimensional time loop with the dark sorcerer Gerard Duquette (Emmett Hunter) who may have more stake in the game than we realize. Sheriff Evie Barrett (Janet Varney) has been incarcerated in a mental institution after trying to explain the last season’s events to the authorities, and all seems to be going to hell for our heroes as the dark secrets of Willard’s Mill continue to unfold.
It goes without saying that this season of “Stan” is the best yet. It’s riddled with several winks and nods to many horror-themed TV shows and films. In the second episode, Stan and the gang are visited by two paranormal investigators who bear a strong resemblance to Scully and Mulder of The X-Files. In another episode, a killer puppet ala Child’s Play descends upon Willard’s Mill. Fans of the classic Toho monster movies are in for a treat as well, as a nod to a certain giant killer moth makes an appearance.
For as many terrifying moments this season boasts, there are equally just as many funny ones. Most of the hilarity generating from Deborah Baker Jr. as Stan’s daughter, Denise, and Nate Mooney as Deputy Leon Drinkwater. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also quite good, displaying some of his previous vampire-themed skills in a nod to the 2011 remake of Fright Night.
The show’s leads, John C. McGinley and Janet Varney have terrific chemistry as always, with the character of Stan being put to the ultimate test when he is tasked with killing Constable Eccles to end the curse on Willard’s Mill. Filled with loads of laughs, a pinch of drama, and enough perfectly cheesy practical effects to satisfy the most die-hard horror fans, this third season of Stan Against Evil is not to be missed!
“Stan Against Evil” premieres October 31st at 10 PM on IFC.