Evil Dead (2013)

evil dead 2013 poster movie
6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 6/10
Visual: 8/10

Decent visuals

Soft relaunch of The Evil Dead feels repetitive of the other films but lacks the fun

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Evil Dead

Studio:  Ghost House Pictures

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  March 8, 2013 (SXSW Film Festival)/April 5, 2013 (US)

MPAA Rating:  R

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Tree rape…again…

Mia Allen (Jane Levy) is recovering from the death of her mother and trying to break her drug habit at a retreat with her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) and her friends Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), and Olivia (Jessica Lucas).  When they discover a strange ritual set-up in the basement and a book coated in skin, Eric accidentally unleashes a demon from the forest.  The demon possesses and slowly spreads among the others.  Now, the demon is trying to break free and needs the souls of the others to escape.

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Ouch…I feel a burning sensation!

Directed by Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead is a remake (or even a soft reboot) of the horror series which began with The Evil Dead in 1981.  The film was relatively well received and excelled in the box office.

While The Evil Dead was a low budget, high energy experimental horror film loaded with comedy, this movie is bigger budget and more serious.  I loved The Evil Dead…and despite being an ok horror film, I don’t think that this quite ranks as an Evil Dead film.

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Hey, this is just like shaving with a dull razor

The problem with the soft relaunch of the series is that it does feel like watching The Evil Dead again.  Many of the jumps, scares, and even some of the gore are in the same places and it feels a bit redundant if you are very familiar with the first film.  Things like the tree rape are no longer shocking or unexpected (and the first rape was much more hardcore).  With the redundancies, I had a harder time getting into the movie.

The switch to the more serious horror takes a lot of what made The Evil Dead special.  Both movies were gory, but The Evil Dead just had a fun feel to it.  With so many gory horror films, Evil Dead just feels like another one.  It is a good version of this genre, but I wanted an Evil Dead film.

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I’ll…swallow your soul?

The movie does look good however.  The shooting style and some of the imagery presented in the movie are good.  The “possessed” also are quite creepy and the decision to use real make-up effects instead of a lot of computer imagery does help make them a bit more real than some other films of the genre.

Evil Dead isn’t a bad film, but I’d prefer a true sequel to the last film Army of Darkness.  To return to a more gory style of film after the light Army of Darkness doesn’t quite work for fans of the series.  The movie does give old fans throwbacks with Ash’s old car and a cameo by Bruce Campbell in the credits.  Evil Dead is planned for a follow-up, but Sam Raimi is also developing a separate Army of Darkness 2 so it remains to be seen if both films will be made.

Related Links:

The Evil Dead (1981)

Evil Dead 2:  Dead by Dawn (1987)

Army of Darkness (1992)

Ash vs Evil Dead—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Ash vs Evil Dead—Season 2 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Ash vs Evil Dead—Season 3 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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