By Chris Gill
April 11, 2013
The Evil Dead is a series with a cult classic following befitting a gory horror film that personifies the campy nature of eighties movies. The recent 2013 remake definitely brings all the gore, maybe more than enough, but lacks some of the humor found in the original series. The characters don’t have the particular swagger that Ash Williams from the original serious has; none the less Fede Alvarez’s 2013 remake does satisfy the need for horror and violence that we come to expect from Evil Dead.
The story centers around a group of friends David (Shiloh Fernandez); his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore); Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), and Olivia (Jessica Lucas) who are all heading to an abandon cabin in the woods in order to help David’s sister, Mia (Jane Levy), with a drug intervention; a seemingly innocent enough weekend away, until the group discovers a basement where they find a book wrapped in barbed wire. Now is it just me or has no one in horror movies ever seen a horror movie? Apparently these guys hadn’t because Eric unwraps the book, and overlooking the fact it looks like its stitched together from skin, reads a passage from the book, unleashing hell upon the Mia. There can’t be anything worse than going through withdrawal and demonic possession at the same time.
Levy as Mia keeps the audience enthralled in the gory tale and her energy really makes it feel like you are experiencing these dark moments with her, she still haunts my nightmares. The movie will keep even the most harden horror critic on the edge of their seat as this demonic roller coaster comes to its climax, a blood bath that might make some fans want a shower.
Fans of the original will recognize some moments that pay homage, but these are few and far between. The film is a true reimagining of the original Evil Dead’s story about a group of young college age kids who don’t know better than to stay in a rundown cabin in the middle of the woods.
Despite the lack of humor and strong Ash like character, if you have a strong stomach for gore, and a love for the original this is definitely a film to see.
Chris Gill is a junior majoring in secondary education and English and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.