Evil Dead (2013)
The original Evil Dead remains one of the biggest, and best, cult classics to this day. It spawned two sequels, comic books, video games, and an amazing TV show that was cancelled too soon (R.I.P in Peace Ash vs Evil Dead), and of course this under-appreciated soft reboot.
The Evil Dead reboot was directed by Fede Alvarez (in his directorial debut) and stars Jane Levy as the main character Mia Allen, Shiloh Fernandez as David Allen, Lou Taylor Pucci as Eric, Jessica Lucas as Olivia, and Elizabeth Blackmore as Natalie. A little easter egg right off the bat is the first letter of each of their names spells out DEMON. Anyway, the plot is similar to the original in that a group of young 20 somethings end up in a cabin in the woods and someone reads from the Book of the Dead (aka Naturom Demonto aka the Necronomicon) and causes all here to break loose. The reason for the group coming to the cabin is to perform an involuntary drug detox on Mia to get her off of heroin. It doesn’t sound like the most unique plot in movie history, but it does it very well.
Once the Necronomicon is read the movie really takes off and gets really, REALLY gory. This movie isn’t for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach. The remake was able to do effects wise what the micro-budgeted original wanted to do in terms of gore. Seriously, this movie does some forked up shirt. One of the characters uses a jagged piece of glass to carve a whole from her mouth to her ear, and that’s tame compared to some of the other stuff in the movie. The director said that all of the effects in the movie are practical with CGI used only to touch-up some spots which I think really enhances the gore factor.
Jane Levy is fantastic in this role and really steals the show, which explains why Fede wanted to work with her again in the also excellent Don’t Breathe (which made Damian and Phil jump two feet out of their seats in one of the opening scenes no matter how much they want to deny it).
Whether you’ve seen the original Evil Dead or not you can still enjoy this movie. It has a great lead performance, plus excellent effects, terror, and scares. And if you are a fan of the original Evil Dead make sure to stick around for a post-credit scene.
Evil Dead is available to rent on all digital platforms.