Evil Dead (2013) Movie Review

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  • Rating – R
  • April 2013
  • Director – Fede Alvarez
  • Jane Levy – Mia
  • Shiloh Fernandez – David
  • Lou Taylor Pucci – Eric
  • Jessica Lucas – Olivia
  • Elizabeth Blackmore – Natalie
Let’s Hope This Still Works

With so many reboots happening, director Fede Alvarez tries to stand out from the crowd by making sure his is unforgettable.  When news came out that there was going to be a reboot of the cult classic, I swear I heard fan boys cry.  People were saying that the classic should be left alone.  Then the red band trailer for the remake came out and then there was less crying.  Hell, even I was very intrigued when I saw the red band trailer.  Then I read some where that the film will not have CGI.  I had to see it.

Mia looking scary

You’re All Going to Die Tonight

David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) go to a remote cabin in the woods.  There, they meet his sister Mia (Jane Levy), childhood friends Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas).  They all meet up to help Mia go cold turkey from her heroin addiction.  The problem is that Eric and Olivia has tried this tactic with Mia before, but she quit after 8 hours.  Olivia tells David whatever happens, he can’t let Mia leave until she has kicked the habit.

During Mia’s withdrawals, she complains about a horrible stench in the cabin.  David’s dog Grandpa, sniffs out a hidden door leading to the basement, which was under a rug.  David and Eric go down to the basement to find a book sealed with barb wire hanging.  Eric eventually reads from the book and unleashes an evil among the group.  How will this evil be stopped?

Going to Die

I Can Smell Your Filthy Soul

We all know that Raimi the creator of the original Evil Dead laid down the groundwork for this film.  I must give credit to Alvarez because he did not follow it exactly.  Unlike the Total Recall reboot, where key points of the movie was replicated.  He adds his own flavor and twists even if he was following the same framework.

Yes, the effects were fricking fantastic.  For all you gore hounds, you will not be disappointed.  I think in the beginning they used a little CGI for a fire effect, but I could be wrong.  After that scene, everything looks pretty convincing.

Jane Levy who plays Mia, plays one creepy possessed person.  Her performance would rival Ashley Bell who played Nell from The Last Exorcism.  Every time she’s on screen after being possessed, I would cringe and close one eye, expecting something nerve wrecking to happen.

The feel is different from the original.  This version feels more intense and horrified.  Also, I felt that this version explained a little more of the evil that haunts them.  In Raimi’s version, it just felt like awesome random craziness.

Mia cuts her tongue

Feast on This

Should you see it?  I say yes.  Even the though the basic plot is copied, Alvarez does put his own flavor to this remake with effects so twisted that you’ll squeeze your legs together to prevent from pooping your pants.  Is it better than the original?  Let me put it this way.  Alvarez’s version is an A worthy project, but Raimi invented that genre of horror and had a limited budget when making his film.

Before I go, I feel I need to mention to this.  When watching this film, I saw a couple who brought their 4 year old daughter to Evil Dead.  I’m not a parent, but please be careful with your movie choices for your children.  Thank you.

Random Info I got from this File:
  • If a book is wrapped with barb wire, don’t open it
  • Everything will be fine even if you just found a bunch of hanging dead cats in the basement
  • If you have a pain in your arm, cut it off
Other Files to check:
  • Evil Dead
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Martyers
File Status: 8 out of 10


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Graphic designer by day, and movie blogger whenever I can. Been watching films in the 80s and never lost the love for it. Started Movie Case Files in 2012, and kept writing random reviews ever since. Besides movies, I like watching UFC, collecting retro video games, spending time with the wife, and bacon.

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