EVIL DEAD

EVIL DEAD-United States-2013

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Jane Levy as MIa

Jane Levy as MIa

Jessica Lucas as Olivia

Jessica Lucas as Olivia

Elizabeth Blackmore as Natalie

Elizabeth Blackmore as Natalie

Directed by Fede Alvarez

Screenplay by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues

Based on the 1981 screenplay by Sam Raimi

Let’s make no mistake about it: the original 1981 The Evil Dead is still the champ. That being said, does this mean that Evil Dead is a horrible remake that should have never been given the green light? Absolutely not; Evil Dead is a ferocious, gory and jump-inducing film that, after a rather boring first quarter of the first act, more than holds its own against its predecessor. It’s one of those horror movies that I’ve bragged about in past reviews; the kind that restores my faith in the horror genre. Trust me, after the last atrocity I reviewed I needed that faith restored in a bad way.

For the most part, Evil Dead is a carbon copy of the original. Five friends arrive at a cabin in the woods (hey, wouldn’t that make a great title for a horror movie?) for a little rest and relaxation. David (Shiloh Fernandez, Red Riding Hood, Deadgirl), Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci, Carriers, Horsemen), Mia (Jane Levy, Suburgatory), Olivia (Jessica Lucas, Cloverfield) and Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore, Burning Man) are your typical twenty-something group; handsome, pretty and smart and with their own set of demons in the form of Mia’s addictions. Before Evil Dead can turn into a very special episode of Intervention the smell of burning hair, dead cats in the attic and the discovery of a certain book best left unread make life a literal living hell for our crazy kids. Blood, gore, shotguns, nail guns, carving knives, and shards of glass, premature burial and bodily dismemberment are all a part of the fun. I said Evil Dead is for the most part a carbon copy of the original. Just as Bruce Campbell carved a name for himself in the annals of bad-assery (it’s a word, honest), a character in Evil Dead makes their bid for entry in the Demon Killing Hall of Fame. I’m not going to say who; I will just say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Evil Dead may go down in cinematic history as one of the most respectful remakes of a classic horror film. In fact, if The Evil Dead had never been made then Evil Dead might very well have been that classic horror film one day. Or, maybe not; what matters is that the filmmakers behind Evil Dead can be proud of their baby.

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If you take the first letters of the main characters David, Eric, Mia, Olivia and Natalie, the letters spell out DEMON.

In one scene there are cards spread out on the table. The cards are laid out in the order that Cheryl reads them in the original.

In the scene where the broken necklace is found outside of the cabin, it can be seen resting in the shape of a skull, just like in the original.

The illustration of the Abomination in the Naturom Demonto is based on the poster artwork for the original Evil Dead film.

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I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on March 4, 1962. I guess that makes me old, but I certainly don't feel that way. I still play video games and listen to rock and roll music. I love movies, especially horror films. I have a beautiful wife who is my all time best friend. She supports me in everything I do. More importantly, she calls me out on my bullshit. This blog is dedicated to her for everything she's done for me.
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13 Responses to EVIL DEAD

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  3. Glad you liked it :D

  4. CMrok93 says:

    The blood and gore was nice to see used so much and in a right way, but nothing else here to really carry the load. Just that, and it’s about it. Good review.

  5. Tom Jamieson says:

    Remakes usually make me cringe, but I love Bruce Campbell and since he is in full support of Evil Dead, I will definitely give it a chance. Thanks for sharing this great review.

    • jmount43 says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting on this review. I refuse to ever call one of my own reviews great. Narcissism does not suit me at all. :)

  6. GaryLee828 says:

    I thought this was pretty good; i think in some ways it was superior to the original – and in other ways it was inferior to the original.

    The one thing the remake was missing that was in the original was the total creepiness of the deadites; i mean of course the ones here looked creepy, but they all paled in comparison to Ash’s girlfriend and her harrowing cackle in the original. That laugh will stay with you!

    Also, in the original when Ash’s sister starts reading all those cards and then turns around is mega-creepy, as well. I wish in the remake they had more of Mia sticking her head out of the cellar taunting the group.

    The one aspect of the remake I preferred over the original is the more serious tone; and of course the effects were way better.

    But Bruce Campbell is a much better hero than Mia’s lackluster brother…

    But I definitely liked Eric from the remake way more than the prick dude (not Ash, obviously; the other guy) in the original.

    So, hard to decide which one I liked better, but I’d probably go with the original primarily b/c of the creepy deadite girls that I felt could have been scarier in the remake.

    Good review. :)

  7. Rincewind says:

    Am off to see it tonight so am hoping I will enjoy it.. Love the original so always scared with remakes…

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