Release Date: April 5, 2013
Actors: Jane Levy (Mia), Shiloh Fernandez (David), Lou Taylor Pucci (Eric), Jessica Lucas (Olivia), Elizabeth Blackmore (Natalie)
A remake of the 1981 movie Evil Dead. The new movie is made by the same people who made the original along with the original lead actor, now producer, Bruce Campbell.
Evil Dead is set in a familiar surrounding, a cabin isolated in the forest. What brings the cast to the cabin is Mia’s drug addiction. Mia has tried beating the addiction before but has failed. Once before overdosing on drugs, and dying for a few minutes, Mia’s friends and brother attempt to finally free her of her former life.
Fans of the original might be sad to learn the lead character, Ashley (Ash), from the original movie is no longer in the cast. Ash is replaced by David the brother to Mia.
The movie starts out showing another possession that has taken place of a girl with her family tying her up and setting her on fire to cleanse her soul. Not only do they set her on fire the dad raises a shotgun to his daughter’s face and pulls the trigger. This is not your original Evil Dead.
The cast arrives to the cabin and within a few scenes it shows Mia struggling with her withdraws. Screaming something smells and she can’t handle it the movie is set into motion. The cast discovers a trapdoor leading into the basement and they find dead animals hanging. They have walked into the aftermath of the opening scene. Thinking people broke in they play off the incident but not without finding an book entangled in barbwire.
This new Evil Dead is bloody, gory and it’s fantastic. After I saw the opening sequence I was amazed. They have pulled out all the stops. The violence is never over the top and nothing should make you look away from the screen. There are definitely a few throwback moments to the original movie. The director and producers know the audience for this movie and they deliver to them.
Jane Levy is an interesting addition to the franchise. After seeing her in Surburgatory I never thought I could see her in another role. She definitely won’t be type-casted after this movie. She did a good job of crazy. She won’t replicate the original laugh to anyone’s liking but this is a different movie.
The problem that plagues Evil Dead is the familiar setting of the cabin. If you have seen Cabin in the Woods you will feel like your watching the same movie at times. Obviously the two movies have different plots but they were released to close to each other, about 2 years. The feeling does fade over time but still it is there.
My final recommendation is buy the movie but know what you are getting into. The movie is a little short but it’s better for it. The ending is a good ending that closes out the movie properly unlike other horror movies recently. Look forward to a sequel in the future.
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