Evil Dead takes us back to the most iconic cabin in the woods for a contemporay remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 original classic The Evil Dead. Five friends, Mia, David, Olivia, Eric and Natalie, head to a remote cabin in the woods. In the basement they find a mysterious book. Upon reading it, they unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Horror remakes do not exactly have the best track record, but director Fede Alvarez, with the support Sam Raimi and Mr Bruce Campbell as producers, has created one that does its original justice. This will certainly hit the G spot for horror fans with its graphic and gloriously gruesome content and gallon loads of blood, guts and gore. Dark and gritty throughout, Evil Dead is effectively shot and always stylish with the practical effect really paying off almost distressingly too well. What the film does lack in out right scares and suspense it more than makes up for with its relentless pace and its graphic brutality.
There are plenty of welcome returns from the original with the chainsaws and broomsticks as well as the angry molesting tree. Some of the trademark camera work through the woods is back and looks equally as awesome as it did back in 1981. As well as the numerous limbs and body parts being dismembered and severed throughout, the humour element has also had the snip and doesn’t quite have the homemade charm of the original. It’s not without its flaws as the characters are very underdeveloped with some ugly dialog at times and the film is in desperate need of a charismatic lead.
However, will it have the longevity of that of the original? To watch without remembering the original is almost impossible and comparisons are always going to be drawn, but his is a contemporay horror film adaptation for today’s modern day audience. Fede Alvarez has done his job. He has successfully made a respectful remake of the 1981 horror classic with perfect attention to detail whilst also putting his own mark on it. Horror fans wont be disappointed.