Evil Dead (2013) - Review
Evil Dead – April 5, 2013 (8.5/10)
Out of all the recent remakes that have come out, Evil Dead is probably the best. Nothing beats the original, but I was still very happy with this. It also helped that the original producers made this movie instead of someone else trying their own version. Anything Bruce Campbell puts his name on usually turns out great.
The best way I can describe this movie is to compare it to Saw. It’s not necessarily scary, just disgusting to watch. But where the movie lacks in scares, it makes up in thrills. I was never bored with it. The pacing is just right and the series of events get progressively bigger and more shocking.
I had a few problems with this version though. One of the scariest and most memorable imagery from the first movie were the white eyes from the possessed people. In the remake, they just have orange irises, which doesn’t have the same impact. Also in the original, the evil dead were unleashed on accident by playing an old tape recorder. In the remake, some guy reads the passage out of the book even though “Don’t read or write” is written all over the place. So unleashing it on purpose seemed silly.
The one thing I did enjoy about this new version is that they incorporated another storyline about a girl struggling with drug addiction. So it makes more sense for the kids to go to this cabin in the first place – to help their friend go cold turkey. But the one downside to that is the way they handle the chaos. When things start to get out of hand, they debate whether or not the girl is just going through withdrawals. No, she’s a demon.
Overall, Evil Dead is a lot of fun. It’s one of the better horror films to come out in recent memory. It’s not a found footage film, an exorcist movie or a paranormal activity crapfest. This will stay with you long after you leave the theater and I look forward to watching it again.