Evil Dead (2013)
Relying on the nostalgia and gore a bit to eagerly for those not familiar with the original trilogy. But Evil Dead is a worthy re-imagining filled with enough blood and guts to ruin the stomach lining of die hard fans and new comers alike. It may tamper with the story and replace the comedy element with an emotional struggle, but it still serves as a monument to the genre masters of old. Evil Dead should be enough to appease the modern horror enthusiasts seeking a tasteless thrill (which I mean positively). The intelligent and psychological aspect of the film is never really present, which should be expected when dealing with this cult classic. If you go into Evil Dead expecting to be blown away with unfathomable depth and hidden messages, you’re sure to be disappointed. The most respectable trait in this rebirthing is its awareness of its limitations and how it plays within them. Evil Dead is what it is and what it is coincides with the original. A terrific horror movie that should soon be a timeless halloween flick that is sure to leave you queasy and demented.
This new chapter added into the Evil Dead franchise is directed and co-written by Fede Alvarez. Who, with the help of Diablo Cody, seems to draw inspiration from both of Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead pictures. It stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore.
David (Fernandez), Olivia (Lucas), Eric (Pucci), Natalie (Blackmore), and Mia (Levy) head to a remote cabin in the forest from their youth. The group has brought Mia here to end her drug addiction. When Mia begins to succumb to withdrawal, she complains of an unbearable smell. Later, they stumble upon a cellar filled with dead rodents hanging on string and the book of the dead. When a passage is read from its pages, it releases a demon who dwells in the woods. As it possesses each member, the group must make life or death decisions in order to stay alive.
As soon as the traditional or petty cliche (however you chose to look at it) group of five arrive at the cabin, the memories flow back. For those familiar with the original like me, you’ll become overwhelmed. I began to reminisce of those frightening nights from my youth. When the tiny, rundown cabin with an even smaller tool shed to the right, stocked with countless tools of malice and mischief filled the screen, I felt innocent again. I’m probably playing this, yearning angle a tad to earnestly. But, at it cores it is technically a remake and it definitely intended to pull on the heart strings. As for the ones caught up in the hype, Evil Dead shouldn’t disappoint. If you watched the trailer before hand, you knew what you were getting yourself into.
As with any film dependant on gory scares and characters stupidity, there are sure to be faults. In the beginning, the acting isn’t as strong as it needed to be, with the exception of Jane Levy. But surprisingly, as the movie goes on, the performances improve. Levy is definitely the strongest. She gives a performance that should be worthy enough to break her through. I predict we will be seeing more of her from now on. The musical score is ambient at times and down right alarming when it needs to be. Featuring some sort of siren, screeching, and ascending bass lines, the soundtrack is equally terrifying. Try not to dwell on the little inconsistencies and the right choices that should have been made instead of the idiotic ones. Evil Dead is the cliche. It didn’t know when it conjured up its structure that it would be the blueprint for all future films of the genre.
In the end, if you’re not a fan of Raimi’s trilogy or you didn’t get swept up in the marketing commotion, you didn’t see Evil Dead this weekend. Odds are, you’re probably repulsed by excessive brutality and buckets of fake blood with pulpy, mashed organs floating about, strewn along the walls, so you wouldn’t enjoy it anyway. Even if you went in blind, the title should have been enough of an indicator. If all that wasn’t enough to discourage you and you witnessed Evil Dead this weekend with your closed minded brain and innocent eyes. All I can say is, welcome to our fucked up world. Yes, we enjoy this and yes, I’ll probably watch it again with a huge smile on my face.
Evil Dead: 7 out of 10.
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