Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bechtloff Movie Night: Evil Dead (2013)

Over the last few years we've had a lot of horror remakes. Some are awful wastes of film that completely miss the point of the source material. Some, like the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, aren't bad, but aren't as good as the original and seem at best unnecessary. But every once in a while you get one that truly lives up to the original and arguable surpasses it. This is one of those remakes.

The first Evil Dead is a damn good, although arguably a bit overrated horror movie despite it's incredibly limited budget. The second Evil Dead is a sequel that's arguably more of a remake of part one that lives in that amorphous zone between horror and comedy that one might find Beetlejuice or Gremlins in. And of course Army of Darkness pretty much abandons horror altogether in favor of comedy, action and fantasy. This Evil Dead however is straight horror and it's damn scary.

The story here is that five friends gather in a a cabin in the woods they used to spend summers in to help the one friend, Mia, quit her drug habit. They vow to spend the night and not let her leave. The one friend finds the Necronomicon and stupidly reads aloud from it and you can pretty much guess where things go from there.

This movie was incredibly gory and stomach turning at times, but unlike some Elie Roth piece of torture porn, you never grow bored with it or tired of it. It also maintains a strong atmosphere of suspense and tension throughout it. The characters are fleshed out pretty well, so I actually care when one of them bites it, again in contrast with a lot of modern horror movies. And the last few minutes had enough plot twists and turns that I didn't know exactly where it was going with things for a little while there. Another thing I like is despite being a remake these were completely different characters from the original Evil Dead. Taking different characters and putting them in this situation allowed the movie to do it's own thing while staying true to the core of the original. Any fan of the original and indeed any horror fan needs to see this movie. I give it five tree rape scenes out of five.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't think it was scary at all but that's just me. I watched horror movies since I was 4. Nothing tends to bother me much really. You'll only see me grosed by a part of the movie if its something with the eyes or cutting by the ankle or fingers. If i was there though I would be freaked out as would anyone. Overall I personally think its one of the best horror films I watched in years. Hopefully the second is as good as the first and hopefully they make other good horror movies in the future.