FILM REVIEW: Evil Dead

evil-dead-remakeBack in 1981 Sam Raimi terrorized the world with his movie The Evil Dead. Over 30 years later Raimi along with actor Bruce Campbell are household names and the film has become a cult classic. Can this new version fill the bloody shoes of the original, or does it deserve to be hacked to pieces with a chainsaw?

RATING: 18

RUNTIME: 90 mins

RELEASE DATE (UK): 18 April 2013

DIRECTOR: Fede Alvarez

PRODUCERS: Sam Raimi, Rob Talpert and Bruce Campbell

CAST: Mia (Jane Levy), David (Shiloh Fernandez), Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), Olivia (Jessica Lucas) & Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore)

In this new version of the classic horror, Mia escapes to the family cabin in order to try and kick her drug habit for good. She is joined by her brother David, his girlfriend Natalie, along with Mia and David’s childhood friends Olivia and Eric. Whilst there Eric discovers a strange book and reads aloud passages from it unleashing a demon (well it was never going to end well was it?). When Mia sinks into withdrawal and starts seeing terrifying things, her friends first of all think that its all in her mind, that is until events start to spiral horribly out of control. What starts out as a simple intervention soon turns into a bloody gore fest.

When I first heard that there was going to be a new version of The Evil Dead I was more than a little anxious. I am a huge Evil Dead fan and was worried what they would do to one of my favourite films. But then I heard Raimi, Talpert and Campbell were on board and started to get excited – Evil Dead was in trusty hands! However there was still some nagging doubt – some of which went when I started to watch the trailers and then finally I saw the film and all my doubts were swept away in a familiar flood of blood and gore.

To start off the film is a bit slow and I was worried that the demons were just going to be a figment of Mia’s drug starved mind. However my fears were soon quashed when the familiar Evil Dead formula kicked in. Now whilst this is a new film, it is still very obviously Evil Dead. You have nods to the original, such as the POV of the demon rushing through the woods and the whole thing has a very ‘Evil Dead’ feel about.

This is not a total horror film like The Evil Dead or a comedy like Evil Dead 2, but a combination of both. This is a horror film but with dark comic elements which give you some respite between the brutality of the gore. And be warned there is a lot of gore and squeamish moments, this movie has not gained it’s 18 certificate due to bad language. So if you have a weak stomach then this movie may not be for you.

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I really loved this movie and as a hardcore horror fan I don’t say this very often – Trust me!. The story was nicely brought up to date with background information given about the origin of the demon. The performances of the actors were brilliant and very real, especially considering for the majority of the film there are only five actors on the screen (and that number decreases all the time) they manage to hold your attention.  As I have already mentioned there is lots of gore throughout and most of it is over the top, but then it wouldn’t really be Evil Dead without it would it?

Some other reviews are calling this movie a remake and rating it as such. I however see it as more of a reboot which will introduce lots of new people to the bloody fun that is Evil Dead and create a whole new generation of Deadites – to that I have just one thing to say…..Groovy!

See it as soon as you can! And make sure that you stay to the end of the credits!

Rating: 5/5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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