Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead (2013)

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  1. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems strange to have a writer/director produce a remake of his own film. But that’s what Sam Raimi has done with the remake of his cult classic Evil Dead. It shares its title with Raimi’s 1981 feature debut and it’s considerably more graphic than its decades old predecessor. The differences between these two films abound, but one of the most notable is that Evil Dead made a box office killing while the original slowly gained cult-classic status.

    I like Evil Dead but I don’t love it. One thing I love about the original is the combination of slapstick comedy and absolutely terrifying horror. Raimi weaves these two seemingly opposite genres together with skill and mastery that few others share. His 2009 horror film Drag Me To Hell is a great example of Raimi’s slapstick-horror mash-up style.

    Fede Alvarez (director) does a good job with Evil Dead but it comes off as just another horror film about a group of kids that go to a cabin in the woods and get killed off by an evil force. It’s well-executed, but doesn’t have the originality that the 1981 film is famed for. Some of the blood and gore even borders on ridiculous at times. It certainly looks great, though. I enjoyed watching it, but it’s a forgettable film.

    Nolan’s Grade:  C

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