Director: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci
Synopsis: 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.
It’s been more than a week now since I sat down and watched the Evil Dead remake/reboot/sequel (delete as applicable). So this review could be a little rough around the edges, as my short-term memory tries to remember what happened. If you bear with me though, I’m sure we will get there in the end.
The Evil Dead starts slowly. Introducing us, after a gory opening, to our main cast of characters, the five friends who decide that a cabin in the woods is the best place for Jane Levy’s character to go cold turkey.
The principal set up is the slowest part of the movie. We spend time with the characters, but only Jane Levy’s Mia and Shiloh Fernandez’s David have any real back story. Which, in all fairness, doesn’t amount to anything once the gore starts and we bear witness to a film with more blood than the elevator in the Overlook Hotel.
The Evil Dead is all about the gore. There is little sense of humor, like in previous incarnations of this movie, but it’s better as a straight horror. I don’t normally get squeamish around this type of movie, I tend to prefer ghost stories to get my scares, but I constantly felt uncomfortable during my viewing of this movie, and I loved it.
There’s a constant air of tension surrounding the Evil Dead as it finds more inventive ways to make you squirm. If you liked the red band trailer that was released a few months ago, then you will be delighted by what you see here. The lack of CGI in the movie brings an artistic yet almost, at times, low-budget feel to proceedings.
If muscles being shredded, mirrors being used as knives and limbs being torn from bodies is your idea of a good time, then you’ve probably already been to see this movie or are at least planning on it. If you haven’t, and you’re not sure whether it sounds like your cup of tea or not then you may wish to avoid this for the time being.
There are some acts of sheer stupidity among the blood and guts though. Why, after prying open a book covered in barbed wire, would you disobey the one thing it says not to do? When it says “leave this book alone” any sensible person may think twice about reading aloud the incantation that is surely to bring about all kinds of trouble.
I did, despite the stupidity and my preference for jumps over blood in horror films, thoroughly enjoy the Evil Dead. Maybe not as much I enjoyed last years Cabin In The Woods mind, but this is still a superior horror movie. Better than anything Saw or Hostel can throw our way and interesting enough for me to be genuinely looking forward to the already announced sequel.
Groovy! (Sorry I couldn’t resist it).