Evil Dead, an early screening review

I was able to see an advance screening of Evil Dead last night.  Here’s my review:

                Until now, Uruguay’s most well-known export might well have been—well, not that well-known.  But beginning Friday that will all change, as director Fede Alvarez launches his ambitious remake/reimagining/homage of one of the bloodiest, most cult-followed films in horror movie-dom:  Evil Dead.  Fans of the original movie (and its two sequels) have placed their faith in the initial approval and continued support of original director Sam Raimi (Spiderman) and star Bruce Campbell for Alvarez’ debut feature.

And that faith has not been misplaced.  Alvarez takes Raimi’s original concept and runs with it while neither running away from its roots or over what made the fans love the original.  Where Raimi had five college students on spring break (led by Campbell’s Ash), Alvarez brings together a detox-ing Mia and her four friends for support in that isolated cabin in the woods.  It isn’t long before demonic possession occurs, and then the real horror begins.  Alvarez throws in lots of little touches that will warm the heart of the original fans.

The most prominent holdover from Raimi’s original is blood:  lots and lots of blood.  It shows up early and often and by the bucketful, just the way Evil Dead fans like it.  Definitely not for the faint of heart, the new Evil Dead will surely have some people afraid of the woods for a long time after.  It is definitely not child’s fare, either.  The “R” rating is more than justified by the violence and gore.  Keep the little ones at home, or they may not sleep for weeks.

                4/5 stars


4 thoughts on “Evil Dead, an early screening review

  1. Here from the A-Z Challenge Blog Hop!

    Glad to hear that the spirit of the original is still alive and well. I just have to keep reminding myself that the horror/comedy of Evil Dead 2 came after the original which was more about the scares.


  2. Its like you learn my thoughts! You appear to understand a lot approximately this, like you wrote the guide in it or something. I feel that you just could do with some % to power the message house a little bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.


  3. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just too magnificent. I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is really a tremendous website.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s