Excerpt: We've all heard the story before. There's a cabin in the woods, off the beaten path. It's alone and isolated - the perfect place for some kids looking to get away from it all. Little do they know that something dark and hideous is lurking in those woods.
Excerpt: If you know me, you know I looooove horror films. In particular, I’m a big fan of the original Evil Dead series of films. That being said, I’m not a big fan of this version. But let me say that I appreciated it more than I thought I might. Like a bad movie based on a book I love, I don’t think a remake or reboot like this ruins a person’s love of the original film.
Excerpt: With proud infatuation for the chainsaw, Evil Dead is reborn under studio system lights where formulaic modern horror can instill splattering values. Drug addiction spurs expository character development, a distraught Mia (Jane Levy) suffering withdrawal as the illicit Book of the Dead is secured after grisly discovery spurs curiosity in a rotting cabin’s basement.
Conclusion: A relentless, ghastly, and jubilant phantasmagoria of nightmares, the 'Evil Dead' remake is a boisterous, outing that lives up to the cartoonish spirit of the Sam Raimi cult classic. From Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, making his big-screen American debut, the film comes with a clever plot that feels fresh and new, but doesn't shy away from being seen as a reimagining/reboot/continuation of the beloved original while also drenching the whole affair with buckets of...
Summary: Remakes are a tricky thing, particularly when they’re remakes of a film as universally adored amongst an insanely loyal legion of fans as Evil Dead. Compared to the original film, well… this isn’t the original film. It’s quite a different take on the premise, a reimagining in the true sense of the word. For those averse to the very idea of the remake, this won’t change your mind.
Conclusion: Those who like horror movies that make them cringe rather than cower should appreciate 2013's Evil Dead for its copious, graphic gore. Those wanting more may question the need for this reboot/sequel that is far bloodier than it is coherent or scary. As one of the year's biggest horror films to date, genre fans aren't likely to let this pass them by, but I can't see any great reason to make seeing this a high priority.
Excerpt: The Film I can be a bit of a movie purist. I like my Star Wars with Mark Hamill, I've completely wiped the third Godfather from my memory, and I consider the only good Evil Dead to be a Bruce Campbell Evil Dead . Without a doubt, he helped to propel the series to its current cult classic status. So when he and long-time collaborator Sam Raimi announced that there would be a remake, I got goosebumps -- just not in a good way.
Excerpt: Oh Hollywood, will you ever learn? Why, oh why must you re-make every single film that’s ever been a success? In truth, some are better than others and maybe I do get a bit of a kick out of saying “hmmm, that wasn’t like that in the original.” Still, it seems that this ever-increasing trend is either really taking off, it’s always been around or maybe I’ve just let it bother me.
Conclusion: Evil Dead won't leave fans forgetting the original. However, it's a quality film that's not for the weary but rather for genre aficionados who appreciate a good blood-soaking and a very straightforward, no frills, no fear sort of Horror film. In fact, it's amazing Evil Dead survived its (reportedly second) trip through the MPAA and earned an "R" rating with this level of nastiness intact; the end scene in particular is quite difficult to stomach.
Excerpt: With his micro-budgeted The Evil Dead , then-tenderfooted director Sam Raimi entered into a game of spry one-upmanship with American cinema's certified masters of horror. Briefly legible on the cellar wall of the film's dilapidated Tennessee cottage is a tattered poster for The Hills Have Eyes , at once a respectful nod toward Wes Craven's strangers-in-a-strange-land spooker and bratty bit of cheekiness, saying, basically, "You ain't seen nothing yet.