Evil Dead Review

r_evildeadEvil Dead (R)


Mike: Tonight I am reviewing Evil Dead, the remake of the 1981 horror classic. Michael I was unavailable tonight, as he was busy being a first time father! Congratulations Michael!

I thought this movie was well done, but it is not “the most terrifying film you will ever experience”. I’m not sure that this movie needed to be remade. Since the original was so low budget, a case could be made for making a new version that someone spent some money on. I don’t think they had to spend a fortune on cast and crew, but they definitely spent money on makeup and effects.

It starts off with a bang and there is no lack of gore in this movie. In fact, if you can’t handle the sight of blood, do not come to this movie.

I have a feeling that fans of the original and teenagers will love this. I have seen the 1981 Evil Dead, but I can’t say I remember much about it, except for the Book of the Dead with the human skin cover.

Five teenagers go to a cabin in the woods and you know from the start that they all won’t be coming back. Everyone is there to help Mia detox from a drug habit. A little snooping leads to them finding a book wrapped in plastic and barbed wire. Seems like that would be a good enough sign not to mess with the book, but noooo. Unknowingly the kids call the “evil dead” to their cabin. According to horror movie 101, people start dying one by one.

This movie is populated with unknowns, but I was surprised to see Jane Levy (Mia) as one of the stars. Levy plays Tessa on the TV show Suburgatory. It took me a minute to recognize her without her trademark red hair. This girl is talented and I’ll be glad to see her in more movies. Sadly, she doesn’t get to bring the humor from her day job with her.

Unfortunately, I don’t think this movie is as scary or as funny as the filmmakers think it is. It is gross though and there are definitely some scares. There are also some special effects and makeup that are worthy of the Walking Dead TV series.

It looks like this is writer/director Fede Alvarez’s first feature length film. I don’t know that this will launch him to Sam Raimi status, but it will be a feather in his cap. Raimi took his Evil Dead experience and launched the successful trilogy of Spiderman movies.

How do I rate this? I give it a 3 out of 5. Evil Dead follows in the footsteps of the original, but I don’t know that it covers much new ground in the horror genre. It does cover new ground in its amount of gore, though. This movie could easily be a rental, but there is something to be said for sharing a movie like this with a live theater audience.