Evil Dead

Evil Dead

DVD - 2013
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In the much-anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

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Wilmorthicus
Apr 17, 2017

While this film utilizes many of the conventions of the splatterpunk style horror film, it does so exceptionally well. The situation is familiar but the atmospheric effects dial the intensity up to new heights, making a seasoned viewer like myself cringe from time to time. Writers Alvarez and Sayagues gave the story a new twist and an ending that may leave some scratching their heads, but overall this is an amazing film and a wonderful addition to the franchise. Not for the faint of heart, however. 4.5/5 stars.

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nidus
Apr 14, 2017

A few gallons of dishwater and red dye does not a horror film make. I wasted a lot of time watching about 3/4 of it and then just ejected it. I wish the whole film company would switch jobs and do something useful, like clerk at walmart or mow lawns or something.

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greatflicks
Apr 02, 2017

I did not finish this movie because I outgrew this type of movie. To me they are kind of dumb.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 08, 2016

While I'm not sure "Evil Dead" needed a remake/remodel, this 2013 film is pretty good and should appeal to fans of the original. Sam Raimi is on board as a producer, so it's legit. The plot, involving a cabin in the woods, an evil book, and lots of blood, is similar, but it makes some changes. It's not exactly scary, but it is intense and unrelentingly gory. I mean, really gory. I watch a lot of horror movies, but I found myself turning away in disgust a few times. Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez followed this with the home invasion thriller "Don't Breathe."

MrDrProfessorPatrick Apr 11, 2015

For those of you wanting to know if this film is at all similar to the original, the answer is 'just barely'. Rather than being "based on" the original Evil Dead, it moreso makes nods and references to it. While the original was incredibly campy and laughable (in a good and very enjoyable way), this rendition is far darker and much more serious. The gore is artfully over the top in a way that I thought was fantastic, and the acting from all but one of the characters was believable (the male lead's girlfriend was kind of a weird and unnecessary character, but thankfully she hardly speaks in the movie). It's not as scary as it is grotesque and suspenseful, with an incredibly unexpected and action-packed ending. While I loved the original, this film is more my type of horror movie.

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Nursebob
Jan 12, 2015

Five young people descend upon a backwoods cabin in order to help one of their members go cold turkey. And then one dark and stormy night they happen upon a trapdoor which leads to a hidden cellar filled with the mummified corpses of forest animals. The underground vault also contains a mysterious book of black magic covered with hastily scrawled warnings begging whoever discovers it to leave well enough alone. Of course the warnings go unheeded and when one particular moron recites a spell he discovers on one of the blood-spattered pages he inadvertently releases a malevolent spirit leading to all sorts of messy dispatches and demonic mayhem. Will the survivors be able to undo the evil that’s been unleashed or is this truly mankind’s last stand? Brimming with squishy effects and spurting arteries Fede Alvarez’s high tech remake of the Sam Raimi horror classic certainly doesn’t want for blood (reportedly 70,000 gallons of fake gore were used) but a few extra brain cells would have been nice especially towards the end where a Hail Mary final solution is so patently ludicrous that I just stared dumbfounded. But the atmospherics are great—dark woods, dark cellar, flashes of lightning—and the grossness factor is creatively revolting with a nail gun, electric carving knife, and requisite chainsaw making special guest appearances. The underlying camp humour will appeal to those so inclined and a few ham-fisted references to the original (OMG! The drawing in the book looks just like the 1981 movie poster!) are sure to keep the Comic-Con crowd on their toes. I was pleasantly amused.

kendalliah Sep 16, 2014

As comments below state, nothing close to the original, but holds up on its own. Not really sure why it had to be a re-make, though. Just make some new films, Hollywood!

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jazeebelle
Apr 08, 2014

If you are looking for the same movie as the original, this is not it. The first one was far more tongue in cheek. I applaud this one for taking it slightly more serious whilst not so serious it's intellectually insulting. It's fun and at times scary and yes it is gory. But if you are a diehard horror fan i think you will really enjoy it. (I was against it until i found out Bruce Campbell was involved in it, he would never let the remake be crap)

kevfarley Apr 01, 2014

Thanks to everyone for saving me some time. I'll giver this one a pass.

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privategripweed
Feb 16, 2014

Yikes. Every time I see a film this bad, I always wonder how many people the budget of this movie could have fed.

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Monolith
Feb 01, 2014

Mia: "You shouldn't have touched anything from that basement..." (LOL -- DUH)

aaa5756 Sep 17, 2013

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The word will have a
generation of idiots” ― Albert Einstein

aaa5756 Sep 17, 2013

“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 07, 2013

Violence: Extremely violent and blood-soaked scenes, including limbs being cut off. Not for those with a weak stomach.

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