Hello everybody! Are you still ALIVE? I’m just kidding. The final picture in our Halloween spooktacular is the gore fest of a remake of the classic horror film, Evil Dead.
DIRECTED BY: Fede Alvarez
STARRING: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore
GENRE: Supernatural horror
COUNTRY: United States
David, his drug-using sister Mia and his friends Eric, Olivia and Natalie travel to an isolated cabin that belonged to his parents to spend a couple of days together. Mia promises to stop using drugs and Olivia, who is a nurse, promises to help Mia in her abstinence. They discover a hidden basement with witchcraft and the Book of the Dead, and Eric reads it and unintentionally summons an evil force. Mia, Olivia and Natalie are possessed by evil and Eric reads the book trying to learn how to destroy the demon.
As a major lover of the original Evil Dead franchise, it was hard for me to be able to accept that there was going to be a remake. There are very little original ideas out there, so plenty of films are being remade that don’t need to be…or so I thought. My opinion changed once I found out that both Bruce Campbell (Ash from the original films) and Sam Raimi (original director) were both attached. Well…this Evil Dead is definitely different from the original. While there is very little comedy in comparison, the gore fest that has been created showcases the gore and horror that this era is so proud of.
Now just like with almost every remake, the original Evil Dead is much better. The acting in this iteration is sub-par, even for a horror film with not very high standards. They change only a few major story elements, otherwise they stick pretty close to the original narrative. But beyond the visuals, Evil Dead isn’t much more than any other remake. It is unfortunate, but the teaser at the end almost saves it. Will there be an Evil Dead 2 Raimi and Campbell? I will be looking forward to it, as my fanaticism for the franchise isn’t dead yet.
- Much needed visual updates.
- Necessary cameo/teaser.
- No major story tweaks.
- Not much beyond the gore.
- Just another remake.
SCORE: 6 / 10
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