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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Evil Dead (2013)

The new Evil Dead is nothing short of amazing and is every bit a modern horror masterpiece as it is an intense thrill ride.
Evil Dead starts out with a back story of the book of the dead which is very riveting from the get go. The back story plays more like an appetizer for what is to come. The main story starts and you see five friends going to a cabin. David (Shiloh Fernandez) returns with his new girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) after running away from his family and starting a new life while his sister Mia (Jane Levy) gets addicted to what seems like Chrystal Meth. David finds out his sister Mia almost died due to an over does and is conflicted with what his friends Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and the registered nurse Olivia (Jessica Lucas) are doing to get Mia cleaned up.
There are some logic issues with the films, like when Eric and David find dead cats in the basement and they don't leave the cabin. Or when David finds his dog dead. Thank you Fede Alvarez for killing the dog, he doesn't pull any shit like oh the dog saves the day no, no, NO! Also Eric finds the book of the dead or the Necronomicon-Ex Mortis all barbed wired and wrapped in a garbage bag. So what does he do? He opens it, studies it and says those words even though the markings on the pages say in big red scratch marks "Don't say these words!" or "He is always watching." but proceeds to say those words anyways which releases the demons. There are also some spotty dialogue here and there but you can over look that. 
Levy knocks it out of the park playing the girl going through withdrawals. She Screams swears and cries with agony while begging to get out of the cabin. Finally she feels as if everyone is against her and makes an escape. I could feel a connection with Mia because I have felt those feelings personally in my life that  Levy
After Mia escapes she crashes and an iconic scene takes place which is gloriously done. When Mia is brought back and starts telling her friends what she saw no one believes her until shit hits the fans.
When shit hits the fan, the movie just straps you in like a roller coaster and keeps going.
When you hear Mia get possessed, scream and say "You're all going to die tonight." The hair on your arms will stand up, you will get butterflies in your stomach and you will anxiously await what this film throws at you.
The only problem is that they flash to a page in the book which shows an illustration of what is going to happen to a certain individual. This is not a major problem because they do enhance the action or throw in their own twist but the surprise of it gets lost in the translation.
As the film progresses it gets very intense arms get cut off, needles in eyes, my favorite is the meat cutter one where you hear possessed Mia "Don't do it, you little bitch! Don't cut it off!" and well you can imagine what happens next.
The intensity that this film creates is unmatched to anything I have seen in the past decade. My mouth was on the floor while I saw some of the most violent and graphic scenes ever put to an R rating (18A Canada). I have seen less violent NC-17 films.
The final act of the film is extremely intense, the whole screen is painted in blood and there's a final scene with a chainsaw that makes all the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies look tame and lame in comparison.
Evil Dead is a great remake, it delivers on what it shows in the trailers. It's not "The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience" as the poster displays nor is it the scariest one, but it is one of the most intense films I have seen in the last 10 years. The complaints that this movie isn't funny is bullshit. This is NOT Evil Dead II,  This is NOT Army of Darkness. This is a whole new experience for a new generation of Evil Dead fans and die hard fans will be pleased on Fede Alvarez take on a classic film.

4.5 out of 5

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