Rapid Review: Evil Dead (2013)

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“This thing is attached to Mia’s soul like a leech. If I’m reading this right, it’s become her. If we want to help Mia… we’re gonna have to kill her.”
– Eric

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. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7.5This remake was definitely worth the watch, I don’t get why there is so much hate aimed at it. Everything was simply stunning to look at and it was shot very well. There was not really any humour, so the whole comedy horror aspect was dropped, and shifted cleanly into a more demanding and serious role. A group of friends going up to this cabin in the woods to rehabilitate a friend was a decent spin on the plot. There were plenty homages to the original, and is something which was really great because Alvarez refused to let that own the film. The film was intent on having its own thing, and I thought it succeeded. While not “the most terrifying film you will ever experience”, it had its moments of glory, and some frights and thrills. I liked the cabin being the same and Ash’s car chilling out in the front of it. I am a big fan of the effects of this movie, they were amazing and contributed to a lot of what made this work so well. The cast was surprisingly good, and I must give them credit. Lou Taylor Pucci was good, Shiloh Fernandez aced the sad brother and was some yummy eye candy to check out at the very least and Jane Levy was just great as a crazy, withdrawing, possessed lunatic. However, I found Elizabeth Blackmore’s Natalie to be an extremely flat and bland character – completely useless, almost as though she was just there to fill out the required quota of five people heading out to the cabin. This is a pretty good remake – it did not want to be the original, but wanted the story, and I feel that it was executed rather well.

This trailer is actually extremely good!