When Remakes Work: A Remake of Evil Dead (2013)

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evil-dead-posterGreat horror movies are like any other genre of movie. If they were box office hits the first time around, eventually, a director somewhere will see good enough reason to do a re-make.

That’s what happened when Fede Alvarez decided to direct Evil Dead – 2013 edition. The original film, directed by Sam Raimi and released in 1981, has become a horror classic and the 2013 edition does follow a similar framework. But as with most new horror movies around today, there is much more gore and torturous dying than in the original.

The plot is a familiar one – even if you’ve never seen Evil Dead, it won’t take you too much by surprise. A group of teens head off to a cabin in the woods for a weekend. However things start to go sour almost immediately as the rain sets in and within hours of arrival a blood-smeared trap door has been discovered by the dog in the party. Down in the basement, the group discover not only some cat skeletons but also a great big book of curses.

The group includes David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), David’s younger sister Mia (Jane Levy) and his friends from childhood Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci). From the outset, Mia is bound to be trouble – we are told she believes in spirits and is a smack addict.

evil-dead1It’s Mia who gets things going as she begins speaking in a demonic voice and having visions, yet this and the discovery of the book of curses which says ‘leave this book alone’ is not enough to convince the group to give up on their weekend plans and go home.

Eric doesn’t help matters by opening the book and reading out the chants within, which sets off a possession of Mia. This is where the gore-fest begins, with the spirit who’s possessed Mia trying to kill off everyone else in the most bloodthirsty manner possible. When the group decide that the best course of action is to get in the car and leave, their exit is blocked by a rainstorm of epic proportions that blocks the road to freedom.

If you like your horror bloody and full of guts, then this will be a great film for you. But for those looking for a little more depth in the storytelling, Evil Dead – 2013 edition may not be the best choice. You could always download or stream the original film and watch that instead. If you download lots of movies, make sure you have a decent high-speed internet connection with unlimited usage, so that you don’t get charged extra at the end of the month. There are lots of different ways to  save with TV bundles that include TV channels, high speed internet connection and phone calls all in one service to reduce your telecoms costs.

evil-dead-tongue1Watch the new version of Evil Dead and then go back to watch the original. Thirty years may have made those special effects even more realistic but you’ll probably agree that the 2013 edition of this classic film is more about grossing you out than scaring you senseless.

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5 Responses to “When Remakes Work: A Remake of Evil Dead (2013)”
  1. Xenolicker says:

    I like to get grossed out! Nothing scares me anyway anyhow anymore. I’m way too tough!

  2. katie says:

    This person is correct…this movie is made to gross out and it succeeds successfully on that! However, I was a little underwhelmed by the ending and there were a few inconsistencies that confused me, but over all, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s a definite must watch for horror fans if nothing else to see the gross things that occur on screen.

    • It’s definitely not a perfect film but it was so nice to see some good old fashioned juicy special f/x done practically (with some CGI enhancements). I really liked the remake and think it’s definitely one of the best ones out there.

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  • Some of my favorite horror movies:
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)

  • Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)

  • Martyrs (2008)

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