Saturday, 31 August 2013

Evil Dead 2013 - Lisa's Review

This week, the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, again starring Bruce Campbell.  A group of young attractive types who go to a cabin in the woods and upon stumbling across the Necronomicon (book of the dead) they manage inadvertantly to release evil spirits.  All kinds of hell, possession and murder ensues.

That's not to say this is a bad movie, it is far from it.  It is enjoyable enough as a stand-alone movie.  It's when you start to compare it to the original that we encounter problems.

Sadly none of the cast (apart from Campbell) are memorable and although the movie is not played for laughs like the original, there are parts which will genuinely make you giggle (which certainly was not the intended effect).  The gore is a bit OTT and what a human body seems able to take before expiring is indeed inhuman!  I suppose believability is not something one should expect from a movie about possession and the evil dead, sadly though, I do.

I didn't find anything was added to the movie by this remake, apart from the obvious updating of it for a modern audience.  The cinematography was beautiful in places, but the general 'feel' of the movie, effects and performances just didn't leave me with the feeling of unease that it should have.

The feeling I got from the movie was similar to that of when watching a teen slasher movie and wondering who is going to be next (not difficult to do at all it seems).  I felt that the original movie deserved a little bit more than that.

Its quite sad really as this isn't a 'bad' movie.  I suppose there was just something 'missing' in what made the original special.  That je ne sais quoi just wasn't captured here.  I wouldn't go so far as to either recommend it or suggest you avoid it.  I could however give it the green light to any younger horror fans who were yet to watch the 1981 original.

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