Evil Dead (2013) – Movie Review
SPOILER WARNING AHEAD
I’m not the biggest fan of remaking movies but I totally get the business behind it, which is why I was at first skeptical when I heard 1981’s cult classic Evil Dead was getting a 2013 movie makeover. It seemed wrong…but as more and more details emerged it eventually started to feel right. I was relieved that the movie wouldn’t be in 3D and even more pleased when it was announced Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell (the original star of the Evil Dead franchise) would be involved. After seeing the Red Band trailer I knew immediately that there would be no fucking around this time. Evil Dead was not going to be a campy B movie, instead all intentions were to scare the crap out the audience. I had a gut feeling that if Raimi and his crew could pull it off right, Evil Dead could be the horror movie of the year, or even more. Did it live up to my hype, read on to find out.
The tree raping scene is back
The story is similar to the original, with a different spin. Mia (Jane Levy) encourages two friends, pre-med Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and high school teacher Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) to accompany her out to her family’s cabin deep in the woods as she tries once more to kick her drug habit. Mia’s big brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), also shows up, with girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) in tow, and while the siblings try to put aside their recent estrangement, Mia’s friends want to ensure that her cold turkey routine sticks this time. Of course, once certain teachers get the bright idea to read aloud from a certain book of the dead recovered from the basement, Mia soon finds herself tormented and possessed by a demon whose erratic behavior her pals initially mistake for withdrawal related crankiness.
People need to start paying attention to disclaimers
The first part of the movie really is intense; there are no laughs, and no breaks…just no holds bar scares. Eventually I found myself getting used to the goriness and found it less scary. I began to laugh at the incompetence of the protagonists and the simplicity of how the night of terror could be avoided. The gore even began to make the audience laugh. Not to say it was cheesy, it was funny…in a very sick, seen way too much horror movie way and I loved every second of it.
Wait until you see what she does with that
All my issues with the movie are directly related to the plot points. The opening of the movie showed a father burning alive his daughter who was taken over a demon from the book. If another option to simply bury the person alive to rid them of the demon why not just bury her instead of shooting her in the face with a shotgun? Also, if the book is so evil, why would they simply leave it in the basement of the cabin for anyone to find? I also found the ending a bit odd, with the Mia coming back to life with not even a scratch on her face, it just doesn’t make sense…but does it really matter? No…not really.
Well…that’s half of what she does with it
I have seen the original Evil Dead several times, as well as Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. After seeing the new Evil dead it’s clear that the amount of homage to Evil Dead is more than many of you think. The movie isn’t trying to regurgitate The Evil Dead, more like acting on the best parts and using them to its advantage while making something new. The fact is, you can’t beat the original Ash, that being Bruce Campbell demonstrating flawless terror in the second half as he becomes the hero. It seems like the director was aware of that fact, you can’t beat the best, so he did what any rational director would have done, re-invent it. We have seen Ash kick zombie ass dozens of times and no pretty boy pushover is going to top it. Now we have a female character that started out a drug addict then a demon and then the sole survivor who is purified from the horrible night.
Dude…30 seconds ago she was hot, I swear!
It’s safe to say that Fede Alvarez’s (Director) version of the Evil Dead aims right for the jugular. After briefly becoming acquainted with the characters, the viewer is exposed to an all out assault on the senses. The picture is visually spectacular in its wretchedness, with the content to match. What’s offered is an all out barrage of downright brutality. The viewer is smothered in terror and tension. Just when you think you’ve caught your breath from one episode of violence, at a cataclysmic pace, you’re immediately confronted with another abomination. The hour-and-a-half is a claustrophobic journey, with no relief. Make sure to stay till the credits end to see a familiar face.
Rating: 5/5 Raging Nerds