Movie Review: Evil Dead

Rating: R
Length: 91 minutes
Release Date: Apr. 5, 2013
Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Genre: Horror

Stars: 4 out of 5

There are extraordinary movies that people think can’t be touched. At numeral point, the original “Evil Dead” might have been considered one of them. When a remake was announced, many people were skeptical, but in the end, the new film really came across to provide a great moviegoing experience for both fans of the original and fans of the horror genre in general.

This story of “Evil Dead” opens with a backwoods family preparing to burn a young girl vibrant yet lesson from an ancient book. At first, it seems like the sort of human sacrifice that you’d expect to bring some neologism evil into the world, but it quickly becomes clear that the girl is possessed, and they’re actually trying to banish the demon. The dynasty sets the girl on fire et al shoots her in the head, at which point the story jumps to the present day.

From there, the film follows the familiar story of the archetype “Evil Dead” with a few changes. A group of friends meet in an unload cabin in the via media of the woods, whereas this time they aren’t there to party; the group has come together to help Mia (played by Jane Levy) to detox off an opiate addiction. Upon arriving they find that the cabin has bot broken into, and during a brief inspection, Mia’s friend Eric (played by Lou Taylor Pucci) finds the book known as the “Naturom Demonto” hidden in the cellar.

Reading from the book, Eric manages to awaken the demons that had possessed the girl in the beginning of the movie. Mia begins hallucinating and tries to escape; unfortunately she manages to wreck her car and is attacked by the demons. She makes her way back to the cabin only to begin attacking her friends. The friends try to quash her but wind up becoming possessed themselves one by alone as the ogre tries to claim the five souls it needs to enter our world.

The cine has a much stronger horror vibe than most people associate with the “Evil Dead” franchise these days, expressly subsequent the amount of comedy that was included in “Army like Darkness.” Much regarding the film is very dark with blood and gore to spare. Despite this, the movie doesn’t rely solely on blood and guts to make it scary and is very well written for a horror remake. Time it would deceive been easy for the director to have either followed the comedic trend of the previous film or cash in on the name with buckets of blood, it’s obvious that a lot of care went into making the movie as genuinely scary as possible.

Don’t think that the focus on upright horror makes “Evil Dead” a weaker film than the original movies, though. Between the demonic possessions and bloody mutilations, there’s really a plot to the film that’s probably a bit deeper than any from the previous movies in the franchise. The characters’ actions make sense, there’s a reason for them all to be there, and the way that they overcome the demons in the end shows that remarkable serious thought was put into making the movie smart and conceivable although the number of blood that shows up on the screen.

One thing that’s very remarkable about “Evil Dead” is that it is really only a partial remake of the original film; while there was speculation and rumors early on that Bruce Campbell’s character Ash from the original was being reimagined because a girl named Ashley, the final film didn’t really usurpative that direction. The producers, who include both original director Sam Raimi and original star Bruce Campbell, anticipation to eventually create a film that incorporates both Ash and Mia condition a single continuity. That film would theoretically be made after a sequel to this movie as well as a sequel to “Army of Darkness,” and, if it comes to pass, will result in this film being not only a remake of the original but also a continuation of the existing franchise.

In the end, if you’re looking for a solid horror movie again “Evil Dead” is a must-see. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a better horror film than a lot of the horror movies being released today. Just don’t go into the show expecting a campy movie like you’d have with “Army regarding Darkness” or the original “Evil Dead II” because that’s not what this remake is offering; while there are definite references to the original films, this different takes itself very seriously et sequens will do its best to scare you out of your seat.