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.