32 years later, the remake to the popular Sam Raimi film Evil Dead hit theaters for an early screening last night. I had a chance to catch the film with a rather large audience and it was the gore fest everyone was anticipating.
The original Evil Dead was nothing too amazing. It was as basic as horror plots get. College students go for a weekend trip to a cabin, accidentally unleash hell and slowly die one by one. But the plot wasn’t the films draw to moviegoers.
Evil Dead became a hit because of 22-year-old director Sam Raimi. He used techniques in filming that had not been seen yet, and did this in a way when he filmed Evil Dead to make it a movie that really stood out for its time.
Fast-forward 32 years later, and you have the Evil Dead remake, directed by Urugyan filmmaker Fede Alvarez. Alvarez’s limited filmography consist of a handful of foreign films. Although his experience as a film maker isn’t vast, it didn’t stop him from re-making Raimi’s Evil Dead into the bloodiest and goriest films to come out this year.
The entire cast is comprised of unknowns and adds to the freshness of this movie. The cast isn’t what made this movie; it was the use of good ole standard special effects. No recycled “Alice in Wonderland CGI” just good ole puppetry, fake blood, makeup and prosthetics. If a downpour of bloody rain doesn’t get to you, there are plenty of other highlights.
Hypodermic needles pulled from an eye, nail gunfights and countless severed limbs. This movie is jam packed with more gore then any other movie I’ve seen in awhile. Some viewers may have a hard time with watching some of the scenes and did during the early screening.
Overall, I have no complaints about the remake. I’d seen a couple trailers for the film, and it didn’t disappoint. If you enjoy gore, a great cast and an already good story from the original, it’s a must see. Evil Dead hits theaters today.