The Evil Dead
2013, 91mins, 18
Director: Fede Alvarez
Writer (s): Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues, Diablo Cody, Sam Raimi (1981 screenplay "Evil Dead")
Cast includes: Shiloh Fernandez, Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore
UK Release Date: 18th April 2013
It’s become an unavoidable but forcibly tiresome process seeing the horror classics of old retooled for 21st Century audiences, the attraction of watching hacks desecrate icons of the past with vacuous visual polish and tone-deaf tedium not one I’m inclined toward. There have been a few bright spots (the last major one being 2011’s flamboyant “Fright Night”), but generally these rehashes sully the memory of horror cinema’s legacy, running legendary fiends like Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger into suffocating tombs of cinematic incompetency. 1981’s “The Evil Dead” certainly wasn’t screaming out for a makeover, to this day it retains the ability to impress and terrify with mischievous relish, but having original director Sam Raimi on-board as a producer for this 2013 remake provided a spark of hope. Against all odds “The Evil Dead” is a kinetic and relentlessly entertaining horror joyride, capturing the spirit of its predecessor without much hassle, whilst confidently peppering proceedings with a few neat tricks of its own. Incoming director Fede Alvarez keeps the momentum cracking and the blood spouting at geyser-rate, but thankfully this creepshow is more than a mere pageant for dismemberment and possession. It kind of has a soul folks.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2013