A remote cabin in the woods becomes e blood-soaked chamber of horrors when a group of 20-something friends unwittingly awakens an ancient demon in Evil Dead, the highly anticipated re-imagining of Sam Rami's 1981 cult-hit horror film 'The Evil Dead'.
One of the goriest films I've seen - definitely no subtlety here!
- The Evil Dead review by RP
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If you like your horror films to be gory, with buckets of blood and outrageously violent then this is the film for you.
It's a remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 film and is similar in that it tells the tale of a group of five friends in an isolated cabin in the woods with an ancient book, an incantation from which leads to demonic possession.
If you enjoy slaughtering, butchery, cutting off of hands and limbs and general bodily harm with an assortment of weapons including shotgun, knife, syringe, electric carving knife, nail gun, hammer, crowbar, chainsaw, machete, shard of glass, fire, biting, boiling water, suffocation with plastic bag, not to mention a live burial - then this will be right up your street. And there's constant f-ing and blinding as well as sexual innuendo.
This is one of the goriest films I've seen - but it's just too over-the -top and the violence becomes run-of-the-mill and further attempts to shock eventually become boring and predictable. There is definitely no subtlety here!
One for the gore hounds, otherwise very average stuff. 3/5 stars.
Based on the hugely popular Sam Raimi original this year’s reboot of 1981’s the Evil Dead puts relatively unknown director Fede Alvarez at the helm of another gore filled horror-fest.
Sticking with the same story as the original Evil Dead follows five friends as they hideout in a remote cabin after unwittingly summoning vicious demons in the local woods that possess each individual, encouraging them to kill each other and mutilate themselves until only one of them is left fighting for survival.
With a couple of genuinely unpleasant moments when I had to turn my face from the screen from sheer disgust and squeamishness, this year’s Evil Dead remake ticks all the right boxes for horror fans – the violence and destruction of gorgeous young people easily rivalling the stomach churning graphics of the Bruce Campbell original.
Leading the cast this time however is the beautiful but cheeky-faced Jane Levy, who TV fans will recognise as the star of Warner Bros production Suburgatory, as Mia, recovering drug addict who drags her friends and brother to her grandparents old cabin to help her go cold turkey. What starts off looking like the symptoms of a crazed junkie coming down from their final high Mia quickly finds herself possessed by a murderous demonic force and creeps and (literally) crawls around the cabin slaughtering her friends, or encouraging them to do it themselves. Levy is excellent as the big eyed innocent with a dark side, balancing her brief stint as an addict with the monstrous and manipulating demon with ease, juxtaposing the similarities and differences between the two character types with only the smallest of adjustments that make all the difference to each performance.
That said we mustn’t kid ourselves here, this is no masterpiece of cinematic history, nor is it a particularly ingenious use of the horror genre; what it is, however, is a sometimes funny, frequently violent and ultimately predictable remake of a yet another cult horror classic.