I love the original EVIL DEAD movies
and a good horror film, but I was very disappointed with the remake/ reimagining/ rebirth of EVIL DEAD (which Bruce Campbell
and director Fede Alvarez have stated this is a movie taking place in the same universe as the Sam Raimi films and the big
plan is combine the two series in a seventh film after each series has one more sequel).
I love the atmospheric cinematography of the new film along with the gore effects and a powerful music score. However, the thing I found lacking was the new EVIL DEAD had no scares and I didn’t
care for a single character in this new film. I find it to be tedious since
it didn’t matter to me if any of these new characters in this new film (without Ash) if they all died. I cared for Ash in the first three EVIL DEAD films and how Ash wasn’t the smartest hero at times
even though he had some smarts in how to fight. The last two films brought humor
to the series and ARMY OF DARKNESS brought a bigger action scale to it.
Back to the new EVIL DEAD, it is about
David and his three friends (Eric, Olivia, and Natalie) as they have grouped together to help Mia (David’s sister) kick
her addiction to heroin cold turkey. They decide to do it at the rundown
cabin in the middle of the woods (and it belonged to Mia and David’s mother). Their mother was insane and her death
has caused a friction between David and Mia. They find dead cats hanging and
rotting in the basement, and Eric discovers the Necronomicon (the infamous evil book of the dead). Despite all the warnings written in the book, Eric utters some words which released an evil demon which
finds and possesses Mia. David thinks Mia is crazy when she says something
is with them in the woods and he decides to listen to his friends. Soon after,
the evil takes over Mia and the evil thing decides to torture and try to kill the other four.
They lock Mia in the basement, but it doesn’t stop the evil demon from getting at them as they are trapped in
the woods until the rain has stopped outside. The evil in Mia says they
will all be dead and devouring five souls will open up the way for the dead to come back on Earth and have it rain with blood. It is up to the group to stop the demon in Mia either by burning her, dismembering
her, or burying her alive as they fight to stay alive so that the dead don’t return.
The plot does sound like it could have
been a good scary movie, but the new EVIL DEAD feels like a tired movie done with a bigger budget than either of the first
two EVIL DEAD films. The plot feels too much like a by-the-numbers remake of
the first EVIL DEAD with no scares or likeable characters in the entire film (but there is a secret cameo after the end of
the credits if you can survive this horrible film). I might like it a little
better on second viewing when it comes to blu-ray and DVD, but I hope the sequel to ARMY OF DARKNESS starring Bruce Campbell
will be a more enjoyable film and that Sam Raimi can rediscover some of the magic he had as a director early in his career
because I want to see the EVIL DEAD series to continue despite director Fede Alvarez’s poor attempt to make a scary
film that would be on the same evil as the first three films in the EVIL DEAD series.
I do like the movie a little bit better
on the second viewing, but the most I get out of it is how good the production design, cinematography, and visual effects
are. Still the EVIL DEAD reboot lacks true scares. I do like Bruce Campbell’s theory that the Book of the Dead shows up at certain times in certain
places and the movie takes place in some type of parallel universe. My theory
is that this film takes place in the same universe as the first three Evil Dead universe given all of the homages like Ash’s
car and the repaired front door. I wouldn’t be surprised that this group
of people showed up at the same cabin that Ash visited in the first two EVIL DEAD.
I liked the character of Mia a little bit more, but I still found myself not really caring what happened to these characters
as the evil started to possess some of them ore kill them off.
Audio commentary with director Fede Alvarez,
writer Rodo Sayagues, actors Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore. The track mentions how a few scenes were reshot and pushed further with only a little mention of an extended
DIRECTING THE DEAD- a look at Fede Alvarez
directing the reboot of the EVIL DEAD
EVIL DEAD THE REBOOT- Bruce Campell, Sam
Raimi, and Rob Tapert talk about the original Evil Dead and the reboot. Bruce
was first resistant to it, but he came around when he found there wasn’t going to be an Ash character while Sam became
convinced Fede Alvarez was the right guy to direct it about seeing the sci-fi short that Fede made.
MAKING LIFE DIFFICULT- the intense
difficulties that actress Jane Levy went through in making the movie, but the director quotes an easily made movie is hard
UNLEASHING THE EVIL FORCE- a look at the
production design of the Book of the Dead
BEING MIA- a behind-the-scenes look in
the day of actress Jane Levy on the set of the Evil Dead reboot.
Also included on the disc are previews
for other SPHE releases including DEAD MAN DOWN, MAGIC MAGIC, and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN.
FINAL ANALYSIS: The EVIL DEAD reboot has
a great look to it, but I still feel it lacks the magic of the first three. The
featurettes and the audio commentary give great insight into the movie though.
This movie review is (c)4-7-2013
and blu-ray review is (c)7-19-2013
David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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