Written by: John Edward Betancourt
Normally I would spend a little time telling you how the instant a remake of one of my favorite films is announced, I cringe inside and ponder the greatest question one can ponder when it comes to a remake...will it stink?
But that was not the case with today's review, because of two names; Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. They were involved every step of the way and these two men care dearly for the franchise they brought to the screen, and the chances of them letting their fans down were slim to none. My trust was well rewarded with an incredible horror film that stands up to the classic. In fact, let's get it out of the way now, expect the unexpected with this film, because to put it bluntly, this ain't your daddy's Evil Dead.
Clearly being a remake, the basic core of the plot holds true. We have college kids in a remote cabin, we have the Necronomicon, complete with new name and design, and of course the ever evil deadites, but that is where the comparisons to the original disappear. Director Fede Alvarez has put his unique stamp on the Evil Dead saga bringing to life characters who are truly in the wrong place at the wrong time despite their best intentions.
But there is one question we all want answered, is this movie scary? The answer is a resounding hell yes. There is a painful tension that builds in this film as it lulls you into a sense of security before unleashing utter terror and the scares keep coming. If the word to describe Sam Raimi's original was simplicity, the word to describe this version is disturbing. I say that because I can guarantee you will squirm in your seat and cringe from the horrible things that happen before your eyes. Don't believe me? Well we all know how much I watch horror movies and they rarely get under my skin, but when the lights went down, I was squirming and cringing. On a quick side note, specifically for the hardcore Evil Dead fans, you need to stay in your seats for an incredible surprise after the end credits. Just trust me, it is so worth it.
This movie is a proud addition to the saga, and with a sequel on the horizon, I can't wait to see what happens next. But until it arrives, I, and my friends wil have to watch this one over again. I certainly hope that you will...join us.