Remakes. Reimaginings. Whatever you want to call them, Fede Alvarez’ ill-advised reboot was never going to please everybody. Alvarez made a smart move in dropping Ash though. There’s no way his movie could have lived up to the 1981 original, and trying to fill the boots of Bruce Campbell would have proved too distracting. Ash is out, as is the goofy humour that made Raimi’s original trilogy so welcoming.
A remote cabin in the woods becomes a blood-soaked chamber of horrors when a group of 20-somethings unwittingly awaken an ancient demon. Starring Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker), Evil Dead is one of the goriest horror movies you are ever likely to see. Colourful, sickening and occasionally inspired, Alvarez has created a blood-soaked juggernaut of suspense and violence.
Back-story is bleak, the characters barely register and there’s precious little fun to be had along the way. Fans of the original trilogy might appreciate the change of direction, because at least the filmmakers have dared to be different, and if it all goes wrong they can disregard it easier, but the tonal shift couldn’t be more obvious. This is no fun-packed, demon slaying oddity; this is torture porn for the masses turned up to eleven.
“You’re all going to die tonight”. Visually compelling with a final act to die for, what Evil Dead lacks in soul it makes up for in nail guns, body horror and acid-tongued demons that make Regan from The Exorcist sound like an angel. Groovy. AW