Evil Dead (2013)

Posted: April 12, 2013 in Movie Review
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Evil Dead 2013

Directed By: Fede Alvarez

Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore, Phoenix Connolly, Bruce Campbell

Subgenre: Demons & Possession, Gore & Shock

Synopsis: Five friends head to a secluded cabin for the weekend in an attempt to help one of them break her heroin addiction.  They find a mysterious book and unwittingly unleash a vengeful demon.

Thoughts: It’s an unwritten rule that all remakes suck. History shows that such abominations as John Carpenter’s The Thing, Cronenberg’s The Fly and Savini’s take on Night of the Living Dead were some of the worst movies ever.  Wait, what? Are you telling me that some remakes ARE worthwhile? To be honest, I have never been one to instantly hate on remakes.  There have been remakes since the genres dawn.  Hell, Frankenstein and Dracula are remakes! I do agree that Hollywood has been a little ambitious of late with the remakes, but I like to take each movie and judge it on its merits, rather than discard it because it is a remake.

OK, now to the remake at hand, Evil Dead.  Much like other remakes of revered movies, news of the Evil Dead remake caused a lot of moaning and groaning.  However, pieces of information started to make it sound better and better.  The lack of CGI was considered a plus by most fans and once Evil Dead premiered at SXSW in Austin, fans were clamoring to see the remake.

The story is similar, but it’s really up to the viewer to see this as a remake or a sequel.  Many of the same “incidents” occur throughout the movie, but there is also Ash’s old car left to rot behind the cabin.  Even Director Fede Alvarez said this was up for interpretation!

At the onset of the movie, I wasn’t really impressed with the cast.  They really looked like a derivative of every horror movie you see, a group of young people with the stoner, nerd, pretty girl, etc, but as the movie progressed, they really delivered.  All of them. Make sure you stick around until the very end to see a very special cameo as well!

Director Fede Alvarez makes his feature debut here and does so with a splash into the blood filled pool of the horror genre.  I had previously watched Alvarez’s short Panic Attack and was just waiting for him to get his chance, and boy did he deliver.  Alvarez keeps Evil Dead moving at a break neck pace and spews just about every bodily fluid you can think of at the audience.  Once the movie started, I envisioned The Joker’s infamous line “And…Here…We….Go!” because the movie kept the pedal to floor once it started.

I’ve mentioned the FX already, but it goes without saying that this is a very, very gory movie.  Watching it in a theatre full of people was a great experience as we all groaned together during scenes throughout the movie.  While the poster refers to this being terrifying, I wouldn’t go that far.  There really are not that many scary scenes, but there are a hell of a lot of scenes that can make you uncomfortable.

I really consider Evil Dead to be a wonderful addition to the series, whether you consider it a remake or sequel.  Horror fans have embraced it and flocked to the theatre to see it, all but ensuring that we shall see more of the Evil Dead in the future.  It’s not a perfect movie, but I highly recommend going to the theatre to see it.

  1. I see Evil Dead as neither a remake nor a sequel, but rather a sidequel. Until they prove me wrong, it seems to me that this movie can be placed within the same timeline as the other movies while also managing to stand alone as its own story. That post-credits cameo would, I’d like to think, seem to back this up. Count me as one of those always skeptical whenever a new horror remake pops up, but I’ve been behind this one ever since the first trailer hit. After 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, this is my second favorite horror remake of the last ten years.

    • shnsjolin says:

      I agree. Sometime after seeing the movie and writing this review, I read a piece where the director spoke to that. He envisions a world where the two movies collide in the future, so maybe we will get to see Ash in more than just the post credit teaser.

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