Evil Dead’s Dead Evil

“I’ll suck your soul!” shouted the demon dwelling in a once beautiful young woman, turned killer, as her own father doused her in gasoline then set her ablaze. LIfting  his rifle with little hesitation the dulling blast of the shotgun ends the shrieking and misery. The father acts with hope of saving her soul from eternal damnation. All the while, an old woman hanging dead cat offerings from the ceiling concentrates on an evil casted book, chanting on and on in the background.  – Now that’s a beautiful intro to a film!

My opinion doesn’t matter, but I’m going to point out a few things I do and do not like about this horrific remake. If you don’t like spoilers you better run like hell, because I’m about to spill the brains.

I think the writers and producers (Bruce Campbell being one of them) were brilliant by knowing that the character of Ash was never going to be replaceable. Since they were aware of the cult following of Bruce’s character they made damn sure to take another direction on this story. I honestly don’t believe anyone out there could ever pull that character off like Bruce, not even Jon Hamm. 🙂

What made this film different from the original? Well, instead of trying to remake a corky and humorous version they went balls out trying to make it a little more serious and a bit more gruesome in nature as far as the brutality of the demonic spirit pitting one victim upon another. So most remakes will take what was once a male survivor and twist the script into a female survivor, instantly putting as much distance between their original film and the new one as possible. I guess, I’m OK with that as well… this time.

Elizabeth-Blackmore-in-Evil-DeadWhat I liked about the film was that they kept true to a few things such as the spirit being able to infect and take over limbs and bodies as it relentlessly assaulted its prey. I was extremely pleased to see that the director kept the demonic point of view camera angles that soared through the woods in every erie angle possible,  known as the Evil Dead camera motion. I love the movement of the demonic point of view motions so much that I was once going to use that same camera trick on a Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza music video, had we actually made the video.  I was lucky enough to speak with Bruce Campbell about making a cameo on the video, but he said, “It’s not my cup of tea, but I like your other idea.”  Of course, that’s another story.

The brutal attacks…  oh how I love the brutal attacks.

While many people, even a few Evil Dead enthusiasts, may sing their praises of the successful outcome of the remake, I may have a few qualms and quarrels with this film. For starters I’m not sure how I may feel should the hidden mean behind this plot actually end up being a message of addicts fighting their inner demons to come clean. I think that five friends taking a trip to nowhere to aid Mia through detox was a good plot attempt, however, they could have thought of a better reason for their trip to our favorable demonic cabin of the damned.

Something that I have a love/hate relationship with is when characters in a film do something they know damn good and well they shouldn’t be doing, but they do it anyhow. It makes you feel like they kind of deserve what they get. This happens a little too often for me in this film because I think you can only go down that road so many times before it’s worn out. I’ll give you a few examples:

  • Eric said, “Everything’s gonna be fine? Nothing’s fine. I don’t know if you noticed this, but… everything’s been getting worse… every second” Which would have been wiser coming from him, had he not been the one that read a passage from an evil book that you had to not only use wire cutters to open, but then inside of it people had written LEAVE THIS BOOK ALONE – and  – DO NOT READ! Superstitious or not, just knowing where the book came from, I’d leave it alone! 
  • I know Mia was a scared addict, but you know that if you are seeing demons while trying to detoxify yourself, it’s not the best of ideas to steal a car and go crashing through the woods with it.
  • Someone please tell me that if you were Natalie and you noticed that the demonic person you just locked in the cellar was calling your name, that you wouldn’t decide to go down there and check things out!

Overall, I had a great time watching the film and I do highly recommend it to others. I also have to say that if you are a bit younger and have never seen the original trilogy, then you are missing out on something demonically beautiful. I have a few worries about where they may take it from here, but for now, go watch it before it’s not in the theater anymore.  It’s more than worth it.

My biggest issue with the film was a simple but irritatingly noticeable continuity error. Mia had scalded her face and body badly enough for it to have been a 2nd to 3rd degree burn, yet after being brought back to life her face looked smooth and beautiful again.  I also think the demon should have been a lot scarier and could have been with today’s technology. They really missed a chance to create something beastly and gorifying. (Yes! I just made up a word – gorifying!)

Go see it, tell me what you think – If I’m wrong, call me out on it. I’ll learn to keep my trap shut eventually. I’ll be back soon with more reviews and there is a lot of great movies coming out! I can’t wait to see The Conjuring, and The Purge.

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If I learned one thing while watching this film, I’d have to say… Never piss off a demonic addict that is trying to detox in a cabin, because everyone dies in cabins.

 

 

 

That’s all

~William C. Raustler

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We do love the music from this film – Chad Taylor has written his review this month about it.  Read about the soundtrack and the wonderful composer that brought this film of death to life. Click Here.