Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez
April 5, 2013
TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict
1 hour 31 minutes
When people think of Bruce Campbell, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the chainsaw wielding Ash Williams from the original "Evil Dead" trilogy that redefined the horror genre. While today it can be considered a campy but fun horror film, "The Evil Dead" is still considered to be a cult classic and a very fun movie. So the idea of a remake to the beloved original to a huge fan of the original would probably sound awful. However, the director of the original "Evil Dead," Sam Raimi, along with Campbell, had so much faith in this re-imagining that they even produced it and gave full creative control to first time screenwriter/director Fede Alvarez. With 99% of the bloody effects done without any CGI, a few genuine scares, and an awesome/bloody finale, "Evil Dead" proves to be a faithful homage/re-imagining the cult 80s flick and overall a very fun horror movie.
Alvarez proves to be one of the big horror directors to look out for in the future with this directorial debut. He definitely has an eye for making an setting eerie and when/how to use the blood on his actors. All of the performances, particularly Jane Levy, are top notch. The fact that almost no CGI was used on this film is remarkable, proving that we don't need a computer to make a horror movie look awesome. In fact, there is so much blood in this movie, mainly in the final act of the film, that it would make Dracula drool while watching it. This "Evil Dead" has little to no comedy, which could upset some. As somebody who really digs the first two "Evil Dead" movies, this was, to me, a great homage to the originals and a great way of bringing the horror genre back, so to speak. "Evil Dead" overall is a creepy but fun horror movie with one of the best climaxes in recent memory. Deadites rejoice, because this remake is, indeed, groovy.