So I went to the movies for the first time since before Christmas (I think) and saw Evil Dead (2013) with my little sister who just turned 16 today. Let me first start by saying that this is, in fact, not the scariest movie I have ever seen. However, it is by no accounts a terrible film.
I’ve never seen the original The Evil Dead (1981) series, so I don’t know how true to the original this was. I’m still unsure of whether that’s a good thing or not while writing this review. Does it make my opinion of this irrelevant if I haven’t seen the original series? I hope not! Regardless, here we go… (This review will contain some spoilers)
In order to help his sister, Mia (Jane Levy), go through drug withdrawal, David (Shiloh Fernandez) and three other friends (Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore) bring her to their family’s cabin out in the middle of the woods to help with her rehabilitation. During their stay, they discover a gruesome scene in the basement: dead cats hanging from the ceiling of their basement along with an ominous bound book. With curiosity getting the best of him, one of the inhabitants of the house opens the book and reads from it, releasing an evil that possesses Mia and starts to consume each of them until only one is left to make a stand.
First things first, this film is EXTREMELY gory. If you’re into that stuff, then this film is probably for you! If gore is not your cup of tea, then you probably shouldn’t see this film! A lot of the effects that were done in this movie were done with prosthetics and even though the results are nasty, they’re really impressive! The only time I recall CGI being used was in a scene at the beginning of the movie where a possessed girl is burned alive.
Jane Levy gave a stellar performance in this movie! Her character was the only one that I can honestly say I really cared about, and I thought for sure that she was going to be the first to die. I’m glad that she got to be the final girl. She goes from being completely terrified to pure evil and it’s amazing to watch. She also kicked ass in the final showdown.
Other than Mia being the final girl, I felt that the rest of the movie was pretty predictable, probably because we’ve heard “the cabin the woods” story so many times. I jumped once and it was over something that wasn’t even scary (which was embarrassing). Maybe I’ve just become accustomed to horror movies and their dynamics and that’s why I wasn’t particularly scared while watching this film (that’s highly unlikely). However, just because I didn’t find it scary doesn’t mean other people won’t think it’s scary. And a lot of people really enjoyed this film.
Evil Dead is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Even though I’ve never seen the original series, I hope that, for the fans, this film did it justice.