Director: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas
If you’re reading this blog you’re probably a horror fan. As such, you probably hate horror remakes as much as we do. If I’m confusing you right now because you were unaware that 2013’s Evil Dead is a remake stop what you’re doing right now, punch yourself in the nose and go watch the original.
Better yet. Don’t.
Because the more I think about it the more I realize that as a “horror” movie this flick kicks ass. As an “Evil Dead” movie it’s not bad, but it’s still a remake. O.K., O.K., it’s a remake with some kick ass moments.
The five cent backstory is that a bunch of childhood friends bring some drug addicted chick out to some isolated cabin in the woods to get clean. HOLD YOUR HORSES! It’s not technically a cliché because this is a remake of movie that helped define the cabin in the woods genre flick. Anyway, they find a creepy book, some fuck-head reads from it, unleashing some evil spirits, every-fucking-body gets possessed and the film ends with what is blatantly an homage to a Slayer song. (Watch it—it’ll make sense.)
My experience with this movie has been strange. I originally saw it in the theaters, and I remember going in expecting to be completely let down—as I usually am with remakes.
It was a solid flick, but I came out of the theater ranting about how great it was. I think I was just thrilled that wasn’t completely let down.
Since then I’ve seen it a couple more times in the comfort of my living room and I find myself liking it less and less. I guess the biggest issue I have is that the filmmakers tried to explain the story too much. The characters in Evil Dead don’t need a back story.
Still, I feel like the pros outweigh the cons here, and what the film lacks in “the suspension of disbelief” it more than makes up for with some of the best fucking blood and guts I’ve seen in a long time.
Seriously, I had a gore-gasm. And you know what? It was all practical! (well, mostly. I guess there was a little CGI)
So the gore, combined with an ending that is simply fucking amazing, helped this one stand firm right in the “decent” range for me.
Bottom line, definitely see this one, just don’t expect it to go toe to toe with the original.