Saturday, 20 April 2013
Let's start by admitting something that I am quite ashamed to admit; I have never seen the original that was "The Evil Dead" (1981). While this can be viewed as quite an appalling statement, it serves me a slight benefit. Why? well, while I plan on watching the original sometime in life, I was happy to have the courtesy of going to see Evil Dead without being too fussy. While I am normally the "oh, how it's just not as good, or even near enough the same as the original" type of guy, it was nice to change the scenery a bit, leaving me with no knowledge of the franchise and lots of curiosity (you have come to the right place). I was optimistic in every way. So all I can say is this; Evil Dead 2013 is quite possibly the finest, most astonishing horror movie since The Exorcist. Below is an anti pedantic review on a movie being hailed as one of few horror remakes worth remembering.
Brief: A group of friends head to an isolated cabin in the woods, where a book of the dead will decide their inevitable death.
Mia (Jane Levy) is determined to quash her drug habit. She agrees to go cold turkey in the company of her trusty friends. Considered an ideal spot for Mia to rehabilitate, Mia's brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) and co are weary of her consistency. Just as Mia gets cold turkey, so do the surrounding woods, as dim-wit companion Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) discovers a book of the dead, unleashing a demonic force beneath the cabin as a frightening history returns to strike its victim; that victim is Mia. Mia is possessed by a girl of the past, but the illogical the crew put her possessive behaviour down to "cold turkey" - their lack of logic (taking into account the cabin has been isolated for years) results in a game of death worth witnessing.
Evil Dead is a fine throwback to 80s horror - with an element that relies on frightening you through the use of graphical images, rather than jump scares. While there are many attempts at surprising the viewer with a screech or two, Evil Dead survives on disturbing the mind rather the art of suspense.
The movie's introduction is excellent, giving you a taste of what your in for; chopped limbs, blood is vomited and nails pierce every part of the human body - all extreme fun and a great reference to the meaning of true horror.
While Evil Dead depends on its grotesque element, it should by no means be attached to the brain-farts that were Hostel and Saw 3, 4 and the rest. It differs from "torture-porn", adding a touch of dark humour and scenes of over top sprees of violence.
One or two cast members are beyond irritating; David and his "Everything is fine" attitude becomes annoying and quite illogical considering the circumstances. Jane Levy, who plays protagonist Mia, shows great onscreen potential, specifically in scenes that show evidence of her being realistically frightened.
A modern horror remake can hardly show one trailer without critics of old an new slating it, asking the question - why? I am one of them, and pessimism can be a second language of mine. And while I have not seen Sam Rami's (complete control) 1981 creation, I can't honestly ask the question as I and many have, and will continue to ask - why?
Never the less, Evil Dead convinced me, showing no sign of laziness, while the production did a great job re-kindling some creativity in terms of crafting the props we see through-out. The involvement of CGI here is minimum, which in my mind shows proof of the productions desire to show, that at some stage, we can't keep living in the past. While the 80s will never be forgotten, Hollywood can be forgiven at some stage - and while we are quick to set a light to The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm st and Halloween (dam you Rob Zombie), I am confident that Evil Dead will get the respect it deserves - at least from a large minority of horror movie buffs. Why shouldn't it? It's the type of horror we have been asking for. And if you think that the minor change in plot was unnecessary, think again. It is vital that remakes of good and bad switch it up slightly in order to show its creativity, and some what "balls" by expanding on what we already know and hope to enjoy.
Overall: There is a plot here, but it tends to go missing on occasions, but horror fans will adore this movie, as the grotesque element is both hilarious and exceptionally disturbing.
Movie Quote: "Why don't you come down here and let me suck your cock, pretty boy?" - A possessed and horny Mia