Plot: A brother joins his friends at his family’s old cabin to help clean his sister of drug abuse but a secret book may bring about their doom.
Review: I was 100% against the idea of Evil Dead Remake. I didn’t want them to replace Ash, I didn’t want to kill the idea of more sequels to the trilogy and most importantly I didn’t think anyone could replicate the tone of the series and would make it boring like the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. And I was like this until about 20 minutes into the movie. The first twenty minutes are a bit slow and it has the most Diablo Cody slang that no body uses but then after they open the book and shit starts going wrong I was on board. Does it have missteps? Of course and we will talk about that in a bit but what it gets right is not trying to be the original or even compete with it. It’s pretty much what would happen if a group of dummies opened the book instead of lovable dummies like in the originals. And the gore and look is amazing! I think if you dive into it you will come out with a big smile on your face like I did and want to re-watch the original trilogy.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s bash this bitch! Okay the first real problem is the characters. Jane Levy and her brother turn in good roles and are really original at least in execution. (The junkie and the prodigal son who wants to help) Jane Levy especially does a lot better than I expected and she was awesome. It’s the other characters. It’s like they saw “Cabin in the Woods” and were like those are our characters right there! Which would be fine if Cabin didn’t tear that apart. In the original there is at least an attempt to make them original while in this one they are taken right out of the horror dead body guide book. I mean the girlfriend character is barely on screen and just shows up when they need someone else to talk. In fact a lot of time they lazily do the horror movie conventions that the Evil Dead movies tried so hard to go against. (Hearing the voice and going, acting like dummies, crashing a car) It didn’t make me hate it but man let’s switch things up.
The other MUCH bigger problem is the DEADITES. I’ve always seen the Deadites as not quite zombies and not quite demons, but something else. They seemed to only live in Sam Raimi’s mind and would act whichever way he wanted them to. Here they are pretty much just demon possessed people and don’t show the originality that the well originals had. Also in the original you see the Deadites messing with time, messing with physicals, bringing mounted animals to life just to laugh at you and it made you feel like things were truly hopeless and there would be no escape. In this one there is too much of a need to explain things too much. For example in the original trilogy, the bridge over the river is transformed into a steel hand keeping them back but in the remake a river over flowed. Like sure it has the same effect but one has the slight bit of hope that the Evil Dead movies don’t have. Also again they tried to go a bit cliches with the deadites talking about hell or saying you’re mothers in hell where I don’t ever remember the deadites mentioning hell before (They did mention souls but I thought that was just a deadite thing) and I mean they may have but there wasn’t an focus on it. Where again if you say there is a hell, there has to be a heaven and alas hope. And it’s when the deadites come that you miss Raimi the most. The director here is adequate but gone are the crazy zooms or the heard angles and in the place is a safe camera choice. I think it boils down to that.
The original were a bit daring and a huge risk (male protagonist, camera zooms, remaking the sequel, actors quitting) while this one is just a bit too polished. Now that that’s out of my system, it was still a fun ride and a great if flawed addition to the series.
Trivia: Stay till after the credits for the best scene in the whole world!