Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Theater Interruption (Evil Dead)

Evil Dead (2013)

Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez (screenplay), Rodo Sayagues (screenplay), and Sam Raimi (1981 screenplay)
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci

In 1981 The Evil Dead erupted from the twisted brain of Sam Raimi - though a cult classic in its own right, the sequels became much more popular in playing up the comedy. The Evil Dead itself was often unintentionally funny, as the intent intent to make a true horror film was countered by the cheapness caused by the shoestring budget. So, here we are, over thirty years later and Sam is finally producing what he originally intended to show us - a straightforward, no-holds-barred horror film. So, how'd the original vision turn out?

First of all, the film is definitely worse off for not having a charismatic lead along the lines of Bruce's "Ash." To be honest, pretty much all of the characters are really watered-down, to the point where they make even the common horror stereotypes seem interesting. While the plot is still paper-thin, they definitely tried to flesh things out a bit more and provide more of a narrative. To those who are familiar with the series it won't make much difference, but I can imagine it might be appreciated by those going into this thing blind. Where this movie shines is in its dedication to completely over-the-top levels of blood and guts. The unbridled violence and gore is executed to technical perfection and is particularly awesome when much of it is handled without too much CGI. If "blood and guts" isn't your bag, don't bother, this movie has nothing to offer you. For those of you who love some hyperviolence... this is the hardest R-rating I can ever remember seeing and it literally rains blood during the climax. Do it.

Score: 6 / 10

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