Evil Dead

Evil Dead

(2013)

The most terrifying film you will ever experience.

Brutal modern-day remake of Sam Raimi's cult classic horror. Mia (Jane Levy), a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends. There they discover a Book of the Dead and unwittingly summon dormant demons, living in the nearby woods, who possess the group in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. Raimi co-wrote the script with debut director Fede Alvarez and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno). Shot in New Zealand.

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Flicks Review

In being produced by the talent behind the original film, this horror remake sets itself apart from the millions of other horror remakes and even introduces an element of genuine credibility. Which is more that can be said for the remake of The Fog.... More

It also benefits by being a remake of the least known of the original trilogy (Evil Dead 2 was the real break-out hit), which was a premium "video nasty" back in the day.

Nasty is definitely the right word for the new film, which is so gruesome at times it made me wistful for the family entertainment of the Saw movies. Cheeks are sliced open; multiple limbs are liberated from their torsos and a Really Bad Thing happens with a box cutter.

The result of all this is a film that is more shocking than suspenseful. It's pretty impressive shock, granted, but the sheer gruesomeness of it all prevents much atmosphere or dread from taking hold.

The set-up is moderately creative – these youngsters go to the cabin in the woods to help Mia (Jane Levy) go cold turkey on her heroin addiction – and is a pretty cool justification for why everyone stays put when things turn freaky.

Amongst the moderately generic cast, Levy and Lou Taylor Pucci stick out. The former undergoes much awfulness, while the later is great as the kind of character they were making fun of with the role Fran Kranz played in The Cabin In The Woods.

I was interested enough to be invested in any potential sequels, but I was hoping for a little more dread. Still, it was a hoot to watch this in a cinema.

N.B. Stick around until after the end credits for some amusing fan-servicing.Hide


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BY swp1988 lister

Lets get right down to business here. People are likely to go into the film expecting "The most terrifying film you will ever experience", as per the tagline. A risky and ambitious marketing ploy and one that will likely divide audiences once they see it. As long as you know that you are going in to this film for the "experience" part of that tagline (which is the absolute truth), you will probably be more satisfied. I have a few gripes with the film. The odd lack of character development here,... More a dodgy line of dialogue there, a fair few too many establishing shots when it isn't necessary and a slight disconnect from being a truly creepy film, but once the film builds momentum, you are in for one hell of a brutal, relentless and gleefully bloody experience that is made all the more greater by some very impressive and gorgeous cinematography (well done Aaron Morton). Evil Dead fans will love the many nods to the original and hardcore horror fans will be pleased to see a film really pushing the limits of the R-rating with a strong focus on making the characters suffer, including dismemberment, brutal violence and truckloads of blood that has likely taken the record for most blood ever used on film (sorry Braindead). It all leads to a very bloody end and you are left with a rather satisfied "experience". Just as long as you know what you are in for.Hide


BY Cage nobody

I attended the cast and crew screening last night & the film was fricking awesome!! Did not let down with gore and blood. I loved the story and loved the characters.


The Press Reviews

62% of critics recommend.
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  • There’s enough outrageous unreality to make the brutality go down a little easier. Full Review

  • The setup and geography are consistent with the original, though the film never makes the mistake of trying to rebottle the lightning that electrified Sam Raimi's movie. Full Review

  • What really matters is seeing these pretty people get put through the gory wringer, and once the unholy spirit comes calling, Evil Dead more than delivers. Full Review

  • Boasts way better production values than the penny-pinching 1981 original. Full Review

  • At its best, manages to recapture the original's hardcore nastiness. It could certainly do with laughing at itself a bit more, though. Full Review

  • What it gets most right is its tone, paying homage yet staking its own territory; it's scary without being downbeat, fun without being too jokey. Full Review

  • Closer to Eli Roth than Sam Raimi, this brutal retread combines J-horror atmospherics with torture-porn kills. Full Review

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