Evil Dead (2013) Movie Review
A group of five friends head to an old family cabin to help Mia (Jane Levy) go through a homemade detox programme. When the friends discover a horrific scene below the cabin with a mysterious book taking centre stage they don’t realise that their mere presence has summoned true evil to the cabin and that evil is determined to claim their souls.
Studio Horror being pushed to the limits of decency? Sign me up!
Sam Raimi’s low budget smash hit finally has its remake and although fans of the original may disapprove of this update it’s really rather good and unexpected.
First off though, the writing is pretty weak because these kids not only find a crime scene but they find a book obviously bound in human flesh and one decides to read from it. I know kids of today aren’t too bright but at that point it might be best to get in the car and LEAVE!!!
That said EVIL DEAD reimagined is pretty damn sweet. After a really slow start the blades come out, the boils burst and tongues get split. This film is as bat shit crazy as the original when it comes to insane pain inflicted upon the inhabitants of the cabin. You’ll squirm; you’ll writhe in your seats as the uncomfortable situations make themselves known.
There’s no denying that this lot are merely fodder waiting to be killed by something terrible as there’s no real time taken to establish connections between one and other apart from a photo that implies they were all really close at one point in time but of course, as is the way with life, things change and people grow apart.
Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore make up the soul food for the demon on the prowl and what delicious morsels they are. Even the awesome Ted Raimi makes an appearance at the start of the film. This is modern day horror at its finest, it toys with the audience and plays on their fears of what’s about to happen... not what could happen. There’s a blade in shot? It’s going to get used and the outcome is going to be incredibly bloody and troublesome.
This isn’t a horror full of jump scares, it’s a dark splatterfest with little much else to draw the audience in. The characters are fodder, just pure fodder and the actors know this but with the limited text they have to communicate they really do try their hardest. What makes me sad is the lack of the tape recording which read the words aloud in the original giving the occupants of the cabin no choice but to deal with this demon, in this remake an idiot; an educated idiot READS passages from from the book despite it being bound in human flesh, being littered with warnings and of course showing some depraved sketches of the torment that comes from possessing this book!
Jane Levy of Subergatory fame shines here in a darkly, disturbing performance that will make you squirm... there may have been a time when you’d wanted to meet her but after EVIL DEAD you might think twice about meeting this remarkable young actress.
For an entire new generation this is a great introduction to the Deadites but for fans of the original, some may be left wanting and others will be throwing toys out of the pram in waves. Some people have issues with letting go of the past.
I thought it was great after the initial 20 minutes... Exploding limbs have never looked so good on the big screen!
The return of the EVIL DEAD is a true test for audiences around the girls, can you handle what could be the gruesomest flick the western world has to offer? I think not... take a sick bag folks, you might just need it!