Evil Dead - 2013
This has been the most nervous that I have been to see a remake. I couldn’t handle a bad remake. Evil Dead is one of my all time favorites. When I found out someone had not seen it, I would make sure they watched it. I went to my local horror experts to get their reviews. They enjoyed it, so it gave me the courage to see it. I waited two days before the movie would be ending its wide release. To my relief I thought the movie rocked.
Fede Alvarez swung for the fences. That was his only choice. Going for the middle ground and getting a PG–13 rating would have been a big mistake. I wonder how many gallons of blood you would need to use before getting the NC–17 rating. He must have only been a gallon or two away from that rating. Also tendons. I did not catch much CGI for the gore. Leaving out the humor from the original movies makes it less of a possibility of getting tripped up. There are little references that acknowledge the original masterpiece.
“Book of the Dead” was not made out of paper but I would not describe it as a green product. I would never want to hold a book made of flesh. Can I just download it? The scrawlings of former victims gave it a sense of urgency to let the reader know they are in a world of hurt if they continue reading. The pictures were too simplistic. The pages should have been busier and more difficult to read. This would have made it more difficult for the viewers, but it would look more authentic.
An award should have been given to whoever worked on the scouting for the location. The area looked isolated enough that there was no hope of getting back to civilization. Sixty percent of the cabin was composed of dry rot. The only thing keeping the structure upright was the evil presence of the “Book of the Dead”(insert echo).
Jane Levy stepped up her game. I would give her a high five. There was no way I thought she could wear Bruce’s shoes. No one can replace Ash. He took a tremendous beating, and he kept battling the undead. She put her name on the map with this movie. Her character was dealing with personal issues that were heavy enough. On top of that she had to deal with Evil unleashed on her. She needs to be in another Evil Dead movie standing back to back with Bruce taking on Evil hordes. She can play the straight woman to Bruce’s humor.
DO NOT GO INTO THE WOODS!
I understand the isolation of the woods is supposed to put distance between the user and their drugs. With a registered nurse and fresh air the user can be weaned off the drugs. This is not the best place for rehab. Go to a meeting. Hit up an inpatient program. Surround oneself with professionals and other people that have gone through the same thing. Loved ones can show support by not dropping off someone in the middle of nowhere. They feel like they can control the issue but this is not the case. Where is the sponsor? When someone becomes the Undead they will lay off the drugs, but they have a new set of bad symptoms.