Evil Dead (2013) - Fede Alverez
I have been very vocal of my love for the original Evil Dead trilogy, so when I heard that after years of rumors that a remake of the first film in the series was finally moving forward, I was skeptical of its chances. Thankfully the masterminds behind the 1981 classic were all going to be on hand to produce the film. When the first trailer for the film was released in January I was blown away by what I saw and could scarcely wait for the films April release. Its rare that any remake can live up the "legend" of the source material so lets dive right in and find out how this one stacks up.
The story this time around sticks with the "group of friends at a cabin in the woods who are possessed by demons" plot line of the original, but with a new twist: The reason they are there is not to party, but to help there friend Mia to quit heroin. They find a strange book in the basement of the cabin, and one of the group reads a passage that summons demons who possess and attempt to kill everyone present.
In 1981 when the original film was released, a certain author you may have heard of by the name of Stephen King said of the film that it was: "The ultimate experience in grueling terror!". I have to say that in my opinion that you could take that quote, slap it right onto this new iteration, and I would support it wholeheartedly. The film's pre-credit sequence grabs you by the throat, throws you into your seat, and tells you to shut the hell up and get ready for one hell of a ride. All the acting is extremely believable, the script is has a wonderful balance of new material and great throw backs to the original, and the make-up effects and gore are some of the best to drench the silver screen in years. If you loved the original or are just plain looking for a good horror movie, I think you will adore this movie just as much as I did. Hail to the King baby!
Fun Facts from IMDB for Evil Dead:
Mia can be seen wearing a Michigan State sweatshirt. In the original version, the main character also wears a Michigan State sweatshirt in the opening scene. This is also a homage to original director Sam Raimi, who is from Michigan.
If you take the first letters of the main characters David, Eric, Mia, Olivia and Natalie, the letters spell out DEMON.
Gillian Jacobs auditioned for the role of Mia but lost to Lily Collins. Collins later dropped out and was replaced by Jane Levy.