I was raised from an early age on horror movies. My parents weren’t fans but my father’s brother’s were. They were responsible for most of my early movie experiences. This consisted mostly of Bruce Lee movies and horror. The first horror movie I remember seeing was It’s Alive 2, I was about 7 years old. Needless to say it scared me. But soon I became jaded with the hacking, slashing, over the top blood splatter, and of course stupid teenage antics. That was until Sam Raimi came along and made The Evil Dead.
I was a teenager and my best friend and I were having our usual sleep over, pizza, and horror movies. Expecting another teen stupidity fest, I had no clue what I was in for when we put that tape into the VCR player. That movie gave me nightmares. I’ve never watched it again that I remember. Not that it was bad, but because it was so so good, a little too believable. That being said Evil Dead 2 and 3 (Army of Darkness) were okay but never, ever, held a candle to the original.
Fast forward more years than I care to mention and there is this remake. Now I don’t know about you but I’m always leary of remakes. With a few exceptions most are completely unnecessary and bring nothing to the franchise. However, since Raimi and Bruce Campbell (Ash from the original series of movies) were producing it, I decided to give it a try.
I will never watch this movie again.
Much like the original it’s not because it’s bad, it’s because it’s so scary. I spent most of the movie squirming in my chair. Not just for the creepy elements, but I must say the violence was very realistic. Too realistic. I’m not a fan of movies like Saw and Hostel which I refer to as torture porn. Evil Dead doesn’t go into the area of torture porn, but just too up close and personal for my taste.
Evil Dead isn’t just a rehashing of the original tale of a group of coeds going to a cabin in the woods and discovering an evil book. There are new elements that I thought were good updates. I liked the nods to the original made creepier. For people who’ve seen the original I’m just going to say the tree scene is way more wrong and creepy than the original. There is a couple more original scenes I would have like to have been included in the remake but the movie didn’t suffer from their absence.
Do you have to watch the original to enjoy the remake? I don’t think so but I will say that YOU NEED TO SEE THE ORIGINAL. If for no other reason to appreciate the brilliance of Sam Raimi that allowed this remake to exist. I will also say that writer/director Fede Alvarez and writer Rodo Sayagues did a good job of making this movie their own, while still respecting the original. I felt the same way about Rob Zombie’s Halloween (which says a lot because I hated House of a 1,000 Corpses). The twists that Alvarez and Sayagues added in here made this Evil Dead their own. I am actually interested to see if they will do a sequel and what direction they will take the story. Maybe I will actually be able to sit through it without squirming… doubt it.