Fede Alvarez (known for: Evil Dead)
Jane Levy (known for: Suburgatory)
Shiloh Fernandez (known for: Evil Dead)
What’s it about?
When five friends travel to a remote cabin in the woods, they discover the Book of the Dead and unwittingly summon up demons. They are possessed in succession until only one remains for a “bloody” final confrontation.
Is it any good?
Be sure to keep the barf-bag close at hand for this unrelenting blood soaked reboot of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic ‘The Evil Dead’. This brand new vision from director Fede Alvarez alters the original’s story by injecting a little more flesh to the Book of the Dead and some substance to the characters. The history of the Book of the Dead is dipped in demonic cat-hating witchcraft while each character brings their own segment to the story. Fans of the original such as myself may feel a little dirty without a charismatic lead such as the original’s Bruce Campbell but rest assured, Jane Levy brings a nice performance as Mia a struggling drug addict. Once possessed by the infamous rapist trees (yes it’s just as twisted as the original), Levy transforms into one sinister scary as hell demonic chick. The rest of the cast do their best but like the original, they purely serve as demon flesh puppets. When all of these ingredients combine, we are left with what feels like more of a franchise reboot rather than a remake of the original, which concludes Raimi’s ‘The Evil Dead’ with justice and dedication. I loved the little nods to the original scattered about, such as the rusty 1973 Oldsmobile that Levy is sitting on when we first meet her character. The low-budget of the original gave it a cheesy comedic feel, although it was never supposed to be a comedy. This new edition also has a serious tone, which in my opinion was a great choice; perhaps the sequel will follow in the footsteps of ‘Evil Dead 2′ and bring on the laughs. In saying that though, I did find myself laughing my arse off at the over the top gore-porn, which I might add was done with practical effects rather than CGI; it’s refreshing to see some old school entertainment is still alive. In the long run ‘Evil Dead’ brings some genuine scares and enough blood to save Australia’s donation shortage.
Mia puts an end to the demonic carnage with that trusty old chainsaw.
ratings are out of 5
Did you know?
In one scene there are cards spread out on the table. The cards are laid out in the order that Cheryl reads them in the original.