Anyone who knows anything about films has heard of the original The Evil Dead (1981) directed by Sam Raimi. The idea was thought about by him and his friends in college who decided that filming a movie about five college students who unknowingly release demons would be a great idea to film and in a unique way, but they need funding. So they got it, all $375K (which if you didn’t know, is desperately low).
Re-makes are in fashion and it was decided that a re-make of the horror classic would be attractive to audiences. The re-make was one of he most hyped for horror’s I’ve ever seen and considering I’m not a fan of Horror, I thought what the hell, let’s go. The Cabin in the Woods (2011) showed me you can do a lot with Horror.
The main argument that seems to blockade the genre of Horror is the fact that the story is most often very weak as well as the characters who seem to fall in the same holes as every other film. The main fall is that as an audience we don’t really care if they die or not, and I hate to say it but thats the case with Evil Dead (2013).
Throughout the exhausting 90 minutes the characters seem to be, well, stupid. 5 characters go to a cabin they unleash the evil demon and it starts turning them, but I guess I was hoping for more, maybe more focus on where this book came from, or who these characters really are rather than giving the audience a flimsy background.
The Evil Dead (1981) is a classic because it created conventions that Horror would follow for the next 30-plus years but in an interesting and generally frightening way, but people seem to be lazy, there seems to be a great opportunity in the Horror genre but people never take it to the next level. The films rely on the same conventions we’ve seen since we can recollect and Evil Dead (2013) does the same, people die in a stupid way that holds suspense for a minute or so.
So in a nutshell people, Evil Dead is your same old same old Horror, the only thing different is the film is way more gory than any other horror I have seen or anyone for that matter.
So for my final word on Evil Dead, ‘can people start creating characters we give a shit about so that when they die its that more frightening and rewarding for an audience’!
Evil Dead (2013) 6/10