Review: How the Evil Dead remake will not let you down!


The original Evil Dead trilogy has long been one of my favorite trilogies to watch and when I heard that Sam Raimi was producing the remake, I was actually kind of thrilled. Sure some people on the interwebs thought that “Oh no, he is going to ruin it,” boy were they wrong. I do not recommend this movie for the easily squeamish, but I do recommend you suck it up and watch what I may consider to be the greatest horror movies of our generation.

I was not prepared for the bloodiest, goriest, scariest, and most awesome horror movie I have ever seen up until this point of my life to come on the screen. Evil Dead can best be summed up by IMDB’s description of “Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.” Sure that sounds like every other campfire horror movie, but seriously do not disregard this film as that.

From the opening scene, your gag reflex is tested as you watch some pretty terribly vulgar things appear and make you say “cooooool” at the exact same time. The movie is then forwarded to current times in which a group of five friends and family members show up to help their loved one get through drug withdrawals. Her absentee brother shows up to contribute his help providing us with a small backstory of the two main characters. From here the story really begins to grow as they accidentally unleash the fury of deadites by reading from the Necronomicon, also known as the “Book of the Dead.”   This isn’t the talking Necronomicon from Army of Darkness or my favorite cross-over comic books series Army of Darkness vs. Marvel Zombies; it is a flesh-bound book covered in stitches that makes you cringe at just the thought of touching it.

This bold and surprising film is a roller coaster ride with unexpected twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and neither will you. Watch as David, played by Shiloh Fernandez, tries to save his sister Mia, played by Jane Levy, who is now a deadite, without killing her as their possessed friends try and kill them. Sure the film has a few flaws in acting and story, but that is not what the movie is about or what it was made for. This isn’t Cabin in the Woods, this is Evil Dead, which proves that it stands out from other horror films while still paying homage to the original. Don’t call it a remake, call it a re-imagining since that is exactly what it is. Be ready for thrills, screaming, and have someone to cuddle with because you are going to need it. I would also bring an extra pair of Spider-Man underwear because you are going to need all the bravery you can get.

Grade: A-

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