Once again I am a loss at why people are so up in arms about this reboot of EVIL DEAD. I’ve been a fan of the series since I first stumbled across the original on video. It was a seminal film for me in the world of horror. EVIL DEAD 2 is still one of my favorites making improvements on the quality and expanding the universe.
I know this is blasphemy, but I really am not a fan of ARMY OF DARKNESS (Wait, was that the sound of hundreds of readers clicking away from this review?). Too me it was too slapstick and goofy with really sketchy visual FX that kept taking me out of the movie.
Which takes us to EVIL DEAD. I saw it with a group of die-hard horror fans (and filmmakers) at a late show on opening night. So it was a great audience to see it with. When the movie was over some of us loved it, some were indifferent and the rest absolutely loathed every minute of it.
As you can guess, I was amongst those that loved it! As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that I saw it twice in the theater and then bought it on Blu-Ray. Having seen it now 3 times, I still stand by it and next to THE CONJURING, it’s me second favorite horror film of the year.
It’s a great horror film and everything I expected from a reboot. I say reboot as opposed to remake because it seems clear to me that this story takes place in the same universe as the previous films and it may even be a sequel of sorts.
The main characters act realistically given that they are at the cabin in the woods to help Mia (Jane Levy) kick her drug habit cold turkey. But this isn’t the first time she has attempted this and her friends and brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) are skeptical about her chances especially when she insists upon packing it in so early. She claims to have seen something in the woods. Is this a hallucination caused by the detox or is their real danger. By the time the others realize that something supernatural is at play, it already has them in its clutches and they’ll have to fight to survive.
This is by far one of the most blood-soaked and gory films I have EVER seen and it is not for the feint hearted. Even my wife who likes horror movies gave up on it because it was too much for her to take. The make-up and visual FX are exceptional and some of the best I’ve seen in years.
Director Fede Alvarez does a great job of keeping the film energetically paced as well as keeping you on your toes with a great many twists and surprises. My only complaint is that the film is not as scary as I hoped. It has its moments but unlike THE CONJURING which had me quaking in my boots, EVIL DEAD is more visceral than frightening.
If you like your horror hardcore and I mean Argento, Fulci, Romero hardcore than EVIL DEAD is for you. Casual fans of PG-13 horror should stay away, unless for a change of pace, you want a bloody good time.