Evil Dead

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Warning: Contains some spoilers

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“The Evil Dead” 1981 poster

At the beginning of April, the film “Evil Dead” was released. For those that do not know, this film is actually a remake of a film from 1981: “The Evil Dead” Now, if you have seen both films you will notice some similarities, but overall they are kind of two completely different films. The original one was made on a low budget, about $350,000. The film was directed by Sam Raimi who would go on to direct major films such as Spider-Man (2002) and starred Bruce Campbell who has acted in a couple of cult classic films, some of them B-movies, but he has remained a popular actor, especially among horror film fans. The Evil Dead was released in 1981 and all these years later it has become a cult classic. There’s even an Evil Dead musical. The acting in the film is…not that great. Some scenes are overdone. It’s supposed to be a horror film, but seems more like a comedy. Also, the make-up on the possessed characters is not the best; there are moments where you can see the actor’s real skin color. There’s a scene where the character Cheryl has been possessed and the other characters proceed to get her down into the basement. Before they close the door of the basement one of the male characters is beating up Cheryl and you can clearly see it’s a dummy. That scene made me laugh so hard. However, these faults are kind of what make the movie. I mean, most cult movies tend to be movies that didn’t do well in theaters, but gained popularity among a certain group of people. I watched the original Evil Dead film on Netflix the other day and even though it was by no means the best movie I’ve ever seen, I do know that I will be watching again in the future, possibly around Halloween 🙂

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“Evil Dead” 2013 poster

Now, time to talk about the new Evil Dead film. Like I said in the beginning, there are a few similarities between the old and new movie, but overall they are different. The new Evil Dead is more of a reboot than a remake. One of the main things that makes this movie so different from the original is the violence. This movie was disgusting. I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, it just had a lot of scenes that were really bloody, graphic, and gruesome. There are definitely people who will watch this that will be scared and grossed out. If you don’t get scared you will at least be a little grossed out by at least one scene. The movie starts out with a group of 20-somethings on their way to a remote cabin. Now, unlike the original where it was just a group of people going to a cabin for a fun weekend, in the new film the characters are there to help out their friend, Mia (Jane Levy) who is a heroin addict. During this film I found myself not really caring about the characters, I didn’t really care if they died or not. The characters are, David (Shiloh Fernandez), Mia’s brother, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), Olivia (Jessica Lucas), and Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), David’s girlfriend. The character Eric was not that interesting and he especially annoyed me when he began to read from the Book of the Dead aloud. If I remember correctly, wasn’t Eric a teacher? Shouldn’t he be smart enough not to be reading out of a book where someone has clearly written in it saying not to read the book at all?? Natalie seemed out of place to me. She was just David’s girlfriend, she wasn’t really friends with those people. At first I kind of felt bad for her because if she wasn’t with David, she wouldn’t be there and end up dead, but then I got to the point where I didn’t really care about her anymore. I didn’t really care all that much for Olivia either. Overall, it just seemed that most of the characters lacked any common sense/intelligence and as the audience we weren’t really given much of an opportunity to really get to know the characters. Although, Mia and David didn’t really bother me that much compared to the other characters. One thing I think could have been done differently was the opening scene. I felt like it kind of spoiled what was going to end up happening to Mia. In my opinion, that scene should have appeared later on in the film. When David and Eric discover the basement with cats hanging from the ceiling and the burnt wooden post, as I’m watching that scene all I could think was how it wasn’t anything new or creepy because as the audience we already know what happened down there–it was the very first scene in the movie! To have the audience connect better with the characters when they are discovering the basement and feel creeped out like the characters and have us wondering what happened there, the opening scene should have maybe happened when Eric starts looking through the Book of Dead as a flashback scene. However, this movie is really fast-paced. Bad stuff starts happening somewhat early on in the film. The make-up of the possessed characters is top-notch and those yellow eyes…real creepy! Is this a movie I’d watch again? Yeah, I think I will watch it again sometime. If you don’t like bloody, gory movies don’t watch this film. There are multiple gruesome scenes–there’s a scene where a character tries to cut their face off. The tagline on the poster says: “The most terrifying film you will experience”…more like “the most gruesome film you will experience”
One last thing that I thought was interesting…the first letter of the names of the characters spell out the word DEMON.

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