Evil Dead (2013) – Review

Five friends head to a remote cabin deep in the woods, with the initial hope of salvaging their friend Mia (Jane Levy) from her crippling drug addiction. The group, however, discover a demonic section of the cabin and accidentally summon a demon that lives in the wooded area nearby. The youngsters must then do their best to fight off the demonic monster before it destroys everything in sight. Not the worst of remakes and a thoroughly enjoyable modern day horror movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues, Sam Raimi
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore

Whenever a flick runs with tagline “the most terrifying film you will ever experience”, it’s fair to say it’s more than likely always going to end in bitter disappointment. With that being said, Evil Dead did indeed surprise me with just how exciting and watchable it was at times. Something worth noting is the fact that Evil Dead is a remake of the original release from 1981, titled The Evil Dead – a movie that will be reviewed in the near future.

One of the primary strengths of the flick had to be the rather notable special effects on display, along with the shocking amount of gore and violence presented to the viewer. Many of the scenes were wildly over the top, but at the same time, these disturbing scenes were there by design. If you’re heading into Evil Dead expecting a run of the mill horror, with the occasional jump scare thrown in, then you’ll probably be in for a surprise.

In films of this nature, the acting usually takes a back seat and it’s safe to say that’s exactly what happened with Evil Dead. While none of it was ground-breaking, each of the five main characters did seem pretty authentic and believable throughout. Jane Levy starred as Mia and more or less stole the show as the lead character, while Shiloh Fernandez adopted the role of David, and also featured prominently.

Elsewhere, Lou Taylor Pucci appeared as Eric and there were even one or two of the characters that didn’t seem to garner as much screen time as the others – Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore springing to mind as Olivia and Natalie, respectively.

All in all, it could be argued that Evil Dead provides horror and gore fans with something special, along with serving as a gentle reminder that not all remakes are as awful as they are made out to be. If you don’t feel queasy at the sight of an ungodly amount of blood, then give Evil Dead a shot.

“What kind of a virus makes someone cut their face off with a piece of glass?”

Eric – Evil Dead

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