Let it be said that this is a post about Evil Dead 2013.
Circumstances surrounding a viewer as they watch a film can greatly effect their reaction to said film. Jammed into a packed theater filled with salivating fans ready to yell, clap, and whoop at every nod and homage is the perfect way to see this movie. And yes, it probably colored my enjoyment. But I’ll be damned, Evil Dead is fucking fun.
An interesting, and for me, wholly original set up leads us right into our character’s middle-of-nowhere cabin-fest. The single location and fast pace is welcome as it seems many of the actors struggled a bit with the more dramatic, non-demonic opening. But things escalate quickly and, as they say, shit gets real. This film is violent. It’s bloody. It’s nasty. And once it gets going, it does not stop.
While not perfect by any stretch, ED works, and does so many things so right that any of my complaints are decidedly hair-splitty. The makeup and effects are to be applauded. This, along with the mildly J-horrorish baddies and the fantastic music/sound design (is that a klaxon?) make for one creepy film. It really doesn’t pull any punches.
Alvarez’s direction is gorgeous and has a flair often lacking in mainstream horror. Simply put: there is much to be enjoyed here, if you let yourself.
If you go into ED 2013 with an open mind, I can’t see you being disappointed. But if you take your sack full of preconceived notions and “don’t remake my movie” sentiments with you to the theater, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Although I’ve been told this was common knowledge, I wasn’t aware, so I consider it a spoiler. So be warned…
Everything I screamed about being “wrong” with Texas Chainsaw 3D is done right here. And while you might not find a female “Ash” subversive, let me tell you, I nearly wept at the sight of a one-handed woman reaching for a chainsaw.
The Q&A following this screening revealed plans for a sequel. Yay.