The highly anticipated horror movie of 2013, The Evil Dead is being released in cinemas nationwide today.
After ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘The Hills Have Eyes’, to name but three, Sam Raimi’s ‘The Evil Dead’ is the latest iconic horror to get the remake treatment.
Storyline: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them one by one in a fight for survival.
The poster for the reboot of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult horror movie “The Evil Dead” promises that it is “the most terrifying film you will ever experience”.
What makes “Evil Dead” good is that it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. It’s not trying to tell some grand story. It’s not trying to reshoot the original.
Alvarez’ story takes Raimi’s initial premise – five youngsters, cabin in the woods, not leaving well enough alone – and adds new elements of family dysfunction and personal demons to the mix.
Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety heads to a remote cabin with brother David and friends Eric, Olivia and Natalie.
Because she’s trying to get clean for the umpteenth time. Herself and David have unresolved issues and, like any addict, she’s a schemer who thinks there’s always another tomorrow. So when Mia starts hyperventilating about what’s happened out in the woods they don’t believe her. More fool them.
In the end, it’s a stab at a straightforward grisly horror movie, and for the most part it works superbly well. This movie is not for the squeamish or for the faint hearted. Alvarez takes each violent act to the extreme and in the end; it’s better to sit back and be drenched in the movies audacious approach rather than to try to find any socially redeeming qualities in it.
Alvarez’s EVIL DEAD is fast, messy and immensely satisfying- everything that it rightfully should be. It’s easily the goriest, bloodiest, most visceral, violent and intense movie I have seen in a long time and I have had my fair share of horror movies.
By: Amanda Cullen