The 1981 cult horror hit the Evil Dead is getting the remake treatment. It's not unusual in Hollywood, as countless numbers of 80s horror flicks have been redone lately as well. So far the stream of remakes has been sub-par at best. There have been a few that played decent in theaters, and most have made good at the box office. Still, many seem to lack any high quality and have come off more as money grabs.
Evil Dead is abruptly bucking that trend. This effort, while following closely to the plot of the original, takes some very unexpected and graphic turns. Instead of five 20-somethings heading off into the woods to booze it up and party in a cabin, they're meeting there to help a friend kick her heroin habit cold turkey. But when they discover a book bound in human skin, things go south quickly.
This movie hits the ground running. Once the book is discovered, the horror quickly picks up. Mia, played by Jane Levy, does an excellent job playing our heroin addict trying to turn her life around. Once one of her friends opens up and reads an incantation inside the book, all hell breaks loose. Mia starts hearing voices and becomes extremely scared. When her brother and friends refuse to let her leave, she sneaks out. Things get much worse from here on out.
While trying to get away, Mia sees a woman in the middle of the road (who oddly resembles her quite a bit), swerves and crashes. She tries to run, but is quickly possessed by what is known as the evil dead. After this, her brother finds her. When he brings her back to the cabin, he's pretty much sealed the deal on their grim fate.
The original Evil Dead was done on a shoestring budget, which is one of the charms/hindrances it faced. The new version is a brutal, relentless, unforgiving monster with razor sharp teeth. While the original plays almost like a comedy now, thanks to the low budget, its inventive camera shots and original story made it a classic. The new version may not gain the cult status of the original, but it is definitely a disturbingly beautiful original take.
This film is not for everyone. If you get squeamish at the sight of blood, you should probably steer clear. However, if you are a serious horror movie fan, you're definitely going to want to check this out. You just might need to take a shower once the movie's over.
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