Anyway as I said this is a remake of The Evil Dead, an iconic but low budget 1981 horror film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. The remake was produced by both men but directed by Fede Alvarez. It was released earlier this year to what I recall being shockingly positive reaction. Well, positive reactions and a tremendous amount of disgust by numerous viewers who were freaked out by all those practical effects. So the question isn’t just whether this is a decent film but also whether I can hold my dinner as I watch it. Let’s find out.
Full review after the jump.
|It's all fun and games until someone gets possessed by a demonic force|
This is one gross movie. Beyond anything that happens or anything I have to say the one thing you should take from this flick is that it’s disgusting. A ton of terrible sights take place in this film to the point that it shocked me. Not even just the violence, although there is certainly a heavy amount of it. The film’s tagline suggested it is the scariest movie I’d ever see but in reality I’d say it would be more accurate to call one of the most disturbing movies I’d ever see. The weak of stomach need not apply and the easily offended probably shouldn’t be watching horror films anyway. That all said I never found any of the gore or other shocking things to take away from anything. It adds to the ambience that the movie is clearly going for. So while it may feel overkill at some points it actually ends up being positive for the film’s tone.
Moving on Jane Levy is pretty fantastic in the film. Due the nature of the plot and what becomes of her character Levy is forced to wear a bunch h of different hats as far as acting goes and she does a really good job with it, especially with her facial expressions and emoting. My secret fourth reason for being interested in this flick was because I like Jane Levy and have often felt she might be a very good actress if she got a chance to do something outside of her sitcom. Well mission accomplished. She’s great which is ironic since she was the director’s second choice. The rest of the cast is solid but Levy is the breakout here by far. Character wise there’s not too much going on. We get decent development for Mia, Eric and Mia’s brother David but not so much for anyone else. This isn’t really surprising since horror films traditionally don’t give the most character development in their stories.
|Mentioning how attractive I normally find Levy feels inappropriate suddenly|
The effects in the movie look pretty good, especially as I was convinced some sequences had to be digital but later turned out to be all practical stuff. It was awesome. Again a lot of this shit was gross as hell and it is one of the bloodiest and uncomfortable movies I’ve ever seen but that’s mostly because so much of it seemed pretty real…which automatically means this movie wins.
You can’t review a horror film without discussing how scary it is. As I’ve said I’m not a horror guy so I’m probably not the best to rate something like this. That said I like that most of the terror in this flick came from just how bad the situation continued to get rather than simply jump scares every five minutes. I myself was on edge while I watched but I wasn’t freaked out with fear as I watched. Of course I watched it on a comfy futon in a well lit room in the middle of the day so I may have been protecting myself just a bit.
|I don't recall anyone complaining about this scene|
They probably should have
I give Evil Dead 4 out of 5 Adorable Pandas.
-A terrific performance from Jane Levi
-Awesome (and uncomfortable) special effects
-An overall very enjoyable horror film
-Characters are underdeveloped
-Not suitable for all audiences