The original Evil Dead became a cult classic that launched the careers of filmmaker Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell, but this remake has none of the originality. Hollywood doesn’t believe it, but, sometimes, you need to leave well enough alone.
Jane Levy stars as Mia and her friends and family have taken her to a remote, isolated, cabin in the darkest, foggiest, murkiest woods you have ever seen in your life to help her kick a drug habit cold turkey.
Olivia (Jessica Lucas) is a nurse who thinks she can provide the same medical treatment Mia would get in a hospital.
David (Shiloh Fernandez) is Mia’s brother who hasn’t been around much the last few years.
Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) is David’s girlfriend who is only in the movie because she looks good in those short shorts
Meanwhile, Eric (Lou Taylor Perci), the hipster doofus, finds a mysterious book that you should never open (there’s even a big warning that says not to read it), but he does, which unleashes an evil demon who wants to kill them all.
Who will live and who will die?
I have never had a fascination for gore, so Evil Dead doesn’t hold any great interest for me in the first place, but the creative team doesn’t try to go beyond the gore to do anything more interesting.
Director and writer Fede Alvarez, along with some help from the infamous Cody Diablo and another co-writer, Rodo Sayagues, fills Evil Dead with plenty of campy moments, but never really sets the tone properly.
Instead of being campy, it’s crappy.
The dialogue is atrocious.
The acting, outside of Levy, isn’t much better, and I think they really lost me when evil enters our heroine through her vajayjay (you can’t unsee that).
However, Alvarez is all about trying to make it as gross and nasty as possible, so the squeamish should stay away and the rest of you who dare to buy a ticket should be careful what kind of candy and popcorn you put in your tummy before watching all of the grotesque action.
Sadly, it’s grotesque action for no purpose as Evil Dead gets worse and worse as we get closer to the end.
1 Waffle (Out of 4)
Evil Dead is rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.