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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Evil Dead (2013)

I don't shell out bucks for movies in the theaters. Especially remakes. If you've seen the list of films I've watched in the theaters than you know that I have fallen for a number of sequels, but I've yet to shell out dough for a remake. Well, other than I Am Legend. I took my dad to watch Evil Dead because we both needed to do something that kept us from ripping our hair out over work-related bullshit. Today I chose the matinee time and got two tickets for five bucks a piece. I did this because I didn't want the day to be over by the time the movie was over and because I didn't want to pay full price for a movie I was slightly pessimistic about.

But I'll be damned if I didn't enjoy the hell out of it. I cringed and I nodded at the nods to the first two Evil Dead movies and I smiled and sat up when I knew someone was about to seriously get mean with a chainsaw. Ash would be proud, by God.

Going over the premise of the movie would be rather silly so I'll just shut up on that front. And I'm not going to spoil anything. But I will say that this movie pays tribute to the first two movies without becoming a pointless shot for shot remake and it stands on its own. No Bruce Campbell (at least not as far as the story is concerned), but his presence in the movie would only have been a distraction. I mean that. Lots of folks tend to forget that the first film and the second film in the Evil Dead series were brutal gorefests as opposed to the humorous and cheesy Army of Darkness (although the second movie had its amusing moments, too). Not knocking either film, but don't go into this remake expecting some guy talking about his boomstick. It's a horror film, pure and straight up. It takes the claustrophobic feel of the first film and the over-the-top gore of both and combines them into a rather macabre and enjoyable flick. 

Just seeing my dad jump a few times would have been worth full price tickets. 

It's a good film. Maybe not great, but it really is a helluva lot better than a lot of other crap out these days. Yeah, it's a remake and maybe not as original as films that aren't remakes (duh!), but it's not a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of movies past. This movie looked and felt like it was made by people who actually cared about the films that had preceded this one. Sure, the bad guys could have been fleshed out a bit more and the whole bit with the book could have been expanded upon... but I take the good with the imperfect with this film. It's worth watching and eventually owning and re-watching. 

It's a worthy tribute. I'm not sure if I'd want to see a sequel because inevitably that would lead to an Army of Darkness approach and that would sort of defeat the purpose of having the franchise go back to its horror roots, wouldn't it? 

But I hear rumblings of other events. Possibly of Raimi doing an Army of Darkness 2 and that the upcoming Evil Dead 2 (yeah, you know it's coming) will end with a possible merging of the two separate storylines. Kinda like what they did with The Avengers and the Alien/Predator thing. Of course, this is all just speculation and such. Will it happen? I don't know. It'd be groovy (if not overly ambitious), but I remain cautious as usual. 

That has little to with the fact that this is a decent flick, though. Just some nerdy gossip for my fellow deadites. 

Watch this movie. 

1 comment:

  1. This is getting pretty good reviews too. I'm going to have to see it.