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Review: Evil Dead

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:06 PM CDT

Grade: B

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

It’s been thirty-two years since Sam Raimi brought us the cult film, The Evil Dead. Well, it’s back in theaters, but this reboot has a shiny new look filled with non-stop blood-gushing excitement.

In Evil Dead, five twenty-somethings head out to a cabin. At the cabin, they come across a Book of the Dead. When Eric (Carriers’ Lou Taylor Pucci) starts to read it out loud, he releases a demonic spirit that unleashes torture on all of them by taking over the body of Mia (Suburgatory’s Jane Levy).        

If you just don’t think you can take another remake, let me tell you the differences from the original. Scott, Cheryl, Linda, Shelly, and Ash names are changed to David, Eric, Mia, Olivia, and Natalie. Notice that if you take the first letter of each name and join it together, you have the word demon, which comes from the mind of Director Fede Alvarez. The friends aren’t coupled up like the original. However, Mia, the first to become possessed, is the sister to David, and they are friends with the rest of the crew. Fede also uses a similar camera movement to represent the demon moving through the woods arriving at the cabin. Don’t expect a cameo from Bruce Campbell. This time he spent his time as a producer for the film along with Sam Raimi and Robert Talpert.

Of course, there is the book of dead that unleashes the horror, but this time one of the guys reads the book aloud instead of them all hearing it on audio tape. In addition, they have a similar run-down looking cabin with a cellar door that they use to capture the demon.

The original 1981 classic feels like it’s an extension of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with its art-house vibe, except the characters are fighting off spirits instead of a crazed family. It used stop motion, which was new for horror movies. It was very original for it’s time, which makes it hard to compare in today’s world of visual effects and CGI effects. Fede says that everything used in this remake was only visual effects and he did a brilliant job in using them. I must admit, gore doesn’t usually affect me, but in this film, my stomach got a little queasy. 

Watch the trailer here:

Ken’s Movie Review Grading Scale

A – Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B – Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it’s out of the        theaters; the story may drag in places

C – Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D – Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F – Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever   Review: Evil Dead

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