New horror reboot brings hilarious hijinks, havoc
When it was announced that Sam Raimi’s 1981 horror classic “The Evil Dead” was going to be revisited, groans were heard at news of yet another Hollywood reboot. Things were further exacerbated when word got out that the remake, shortened simply to “Evil Dead,” was being helmed by Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, a relatively-unknown director with only four short films to his credit.
However, all of this is now a moot point. “Evil Dead” is an absolute thrill ride, horrifying at times in its amount of gore and sometimes hilarious with its over-the-top buckets of blood and unbelievably corny dialogue (oh, the one-liners!); yet, it is always consistently entertaining. In short, it’s a B-movie lover’s absolute dream flick.
Fans of the original film can expect to see some changes, as “Evil Dead” is more of a re-imagining than an outright remake. There are several references and subtle nods to the original, and some of the more prominent scenes —such as the infamous tree rape — carry over into Alvarez’s version of the story. I’ve heard some argue the film isn’t as endearing as its predecessor due to its increase in gore, relative lack of scares and stilted acting, but all of these things make the film more enjoyable in a way that resembles one of SyFy’s notorious made-for-television movies.
But one point that needs addressing is the lack of scare factor. If you’ve been following this film at all — or have seen even one trailer — you’re probably aware “Evil Dead” has been purported as “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” While it’s true it’s horrifying at times, it’s more appalling than frightening. There are a few genuinely creepy moments in the film, but overall “Evil Dead” is much more of a “gorror” film than it is horror. Unless flicks like Robert Rodriguez’s “Planet Terror” or Alexandre Aja’s “Piranha” left you rocking yourself to sleep, the odds that you’ll actually be scared by this movie are about as low as the chance that Justin Beiber will ever hit puberty.
Overall, “Evil Dead” is a fantastic movie for enjoying on a Friday night or an evening out with friends. It’s definitely one of those “shallow popcorn flicks,” but if you don’t mind your movies having a heavy dose of red and some hilariously-inconsistent acting, you’ll probably have a blast. Purveyors of cinema, film snobs, movie purists and the weak-stomached beware, but everyone else? Prepare to have one of the most disgustingly fun times of your life.