Evil Dead is a film franchise that will never die, it’s going to be rebooted countless times and we now even have a series (Ash vs. Evil Dead). I went the cinema to see this movie because although it’s been done before, I had high hopes as the trailers looked pretty decent.
So the story of this Evil Dead is very similar to the original with a couple of modern twists… Basically drug addict Mia (Jane Levy) agrees to go cold turkey and give up the drugs. Does she choose to do this the normal way at home or in rehab? Of course not… Her and her friends and old brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) decide the best place for a detox is their familys remote cabin in the woods.
Before they go you see that a girl was killed in this same cabin by her father and some weird redneck family… They seemed to be the good guys as the girl was possessed and apparently killed her mother, the ritual was out of a creepy looking book…
The acting in this film is basically american teen drama acting, no better or worse than you’re typical Pretty Little Liars crowd. It’s not the worst modern day remake but it’s also far from the best…
The effects are average, there’s plenty of blood and gore, as you would expect. The tree scene was done very quickly, for something that caused so much outrage when the original came out they just kind of skipped right past it in this film. It’s a shame really because there’s a lot worse and more gruesome scenes in films these days so it could have been done far better.
The advertising for this film created a lot of hype, quotes on the poster such as, ‘see this movie when it comes out and often‘. This made me so disappointed when I actually when to see it because it wasn’t something I’ve rave about that much personally. There’s nothing exactly wrong with it but I think some bigger players acting wise would have given it a better feel, or even just better actors. Look at Cabin in the Woods for example, a couple of well known actors and a few not as well know but all worked so well where as this was just a group of twenty something actors that have been in a couple of teen movies.
Overall it’s not terrible, it’s worth a watch if you like the genre of film as there’s some good gory scenes. Basically don’t take it seriously at all and you might enjoy it but if you go by the advertising you’ll be disappointed.
Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a six, decent effects and story but the acting does let it down in my opinion… 6/10