Finally saw the Evil Dead Remake tonight on DVD….yeah it took me a while. I was busy okay.
First off, I will start off by saying I loved the original Evil Dead movie when I first saw it so many years ago. You might say it was my very first real Horror movie I ever saw at the movie theatre. I was eleven years old when I saw this movie…ELEVEN! What was my mom thinking when she took me to this thing? I remember my mom running out in horror about forty-five minutes in, and waiting for us in the lobby until the movie had finished.
Quite a movie to see for your first horror movie in a theatre, wouldn’t you agree?
It displayed gore in a whole new facet for me. Splurting and sputtering bloody stumps, talking decapitated heads, grinding of pencils into ankles, raping via foliage. It was a pure physical master piece of horrific damage on display. Besides all that, it was a good story. A fun story. Well fun in the sense that you felt you were there with the characters. You felt what they felt. You were there in the story with them…you felt a part of it. For me, it was a well paced, well choreographed piece of work that made sense in the world you were suddenly thrown into to try and get a grasp on. Great job Sam Raimi.
NOW for the REMAKE of EVIL Dead 2013 version:
I don’t feel I am giving anything away regarding the plot points of this movie as I speak about it here. It’s pretty much similar to the original. A group of five friends find a book of evil in the basement of the old cabin, speak words from the book they shouldn’t, and yes of course call forth an ancient evil, called I think Shaitan. Shaitan possesses one of them soon after. Then all hell breaks loose after that.
I will say that the movie started off good, but started to tank about 30 minutes in for me…bad pacing…and the stilted dialogue…characters were not engaging or realistic for people in how they would normally react to certain situations. Of the five characters only one was interesting with the rest being pretty flat which I don’t think they took full advantage of when they could have. The positive was that there were sometimes unique grotesque ways of inflicted damage upon others…:) same as the original movie had done.
For the remake, unlike the original, you never felt like you were part of the movie. Half the time you wanted to yell at the characters and ask them what the hell are you thinking? And why are you leaving her alone? And why are you leaving her alone…and what the hell are you doing? Why did just she die like that when all the rest had to die a “certain” way. Why did you choose an old rusty chainsaw with no gas over a big machete? C’mon!
Towards the end I had to shake my head at one pivotal plot point that ended with a small twist. Which I thought hey, that’s original, but not coming from him…he’s been an idiot the whole time in the movie. I don’t buy it. If you want to see what I mean then rent it, but don’t buy it. Please, it’s not worth buying.
For a grade I give it a straight B. I was disappointed. I wanted this movie to be on par with the original but it fell very short for me. I hear they may also remake Evil Dead II and perhaps the Army of Darkness movie as well… I hope they do a better job. I was only mildly entertained for the unique goriness of it at times but that was it.
I can watch the original again and the other two in the series many times over. I have no desire to see this one ever again. What does that say?