Director: Fede Alvarez
Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci
A secluded cabin. An ancient curse. An unrelenting evil. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell reunite to present a genuinely terrifying re-imagining of their original horror masterpiece. Five young friends have found the mysterious and fiercely powerful Book of the Dead. Unable to resist its temptation, they release a violent demon on a blood-thirsty quest to possess them all. Who will be left to fight for their survival and defeat this unearthly force of murderous carnage?
So this would be this year’s first review for me after a long break from writing, and the first English review as well. So I thought I would tackle this horror movie that came a few months ago. Since I am a horror movie fan this flick is pretty good actually and one of the better remakes/reimagination out there. Evil Dead is directed by newcomer Fede Alvarez and was handpicked by Mr. Raimi himself for this project, who also is producing it along with Bruce Campbell and Robert G. Tapert. After seeing this once, it’s clear that they have chosen for a more straight-up horror movie, instead of the absurdity of the original one. This new one also has a lot more blood and gory violence, and it’s definitely not for everybody. And they surely don’t skimp on the blood.
What I did like about this remake is that they don’t really call it a straightforward remake or sequel or anything. Instead from what I read they want us to see it as a blend of a continuation of the story and a reboot of the original trilogy, since they have greenlighted a sequel and will probably merge the old story with the new one. There are of course some homages to the original films in this one too, such as the 1973 Oldsmobile that one of the kids are sitting on at the cabin. Since it’s not a remake, then I guess you can see Alvarez’s version as a parallel story that happens to share similarities, where this bunch also finds the Book of the Dead that is just waiting to be read by some ignorant idiot. They clearly are flirting with the original, but Alvarez is using a different plot than the original. The group of kids doesn’t go to the cabin to party and drink, but instead they are using the remote location to help the main character with her drug addiction. And isn’t that just a perfect and clever plot to the horror of drug withdrawals.
Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead is a really good remake, if you want to call it that, and have really taken the brutality within the story to another level with one shocker after another. It’s quite creepy and the sound effects around the cabin and the woods does a good job of keeping you on the edge. Another great thing with this movie is that they did not use a lot of CG and used practical effects instead, which is a warm welcome. It’s definitely more credible.
Trivia: If you take the first letters of the main characters David, Eric, Mia, Olivia and Natalie, the letters spell out DEMON.