It was in 1981 that the original ‘Evil Dead’ graced our screens, and, along with its two sequels, it has since become one of the greatest films in cult horror cinema. Whether it be the B-Movie special effects, the over the top monsters or Bruce Campbell’s one liners, which are still loved today. All these aspects made the original trilogy stand out from other films, so when a remake was thrown in to the pipeline, the question on everyone’s lips was ‘will it live up to the original?’
The short answer. Yes. Yes it did. The remake, which was directed by Fede Alvarez, delivers the shock and gore of the original; like the detail of the make-up and effects which go in to faces being cut and limbs getting chopped off. However where the remake makes itself stand out is the storyline and the horror factor, whereas the 1981 flick had a touch of humour to the script, this one is all about the terror. Whether or not it lives up to the title the posters were given, ‘The most terrifying film you will ever experience’, it is still a movie which will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next, it will even have avid horror fans guessing.
In the original the audience were treated to ‘Ash’, played by ‘Bruce Campbell’, a name most horror fans will know. Who drives up to a cabin to hang out with his friends. After they accidentally read a passage from the ‘Necronomicon’, a book which is bound in human flesh and written in human blood, they awaken an evil in the woods which picks them off one by one, in the most gruesome ways you can imagine. The remake is very much the same with some altered parts, the story now follows five friends who have come to a cabin to help ‘Mia’, Jane Levy, kick drugs. However once one of them reads from the ‘Necronomicon’ an evil presence is awoken and attaches itself to ‘Mia’s’ soul, after which she attacks and forces her friends to mutilate and kill each other.
There are so many stunning scenes in this film that will shock you, and, in a way, that is a good thing because with all the horror films being churned out these days with the same storyline, fans need a more shocking plot, with horrific gore. An examples is a classic scene recreated from the original of a female character being attacked by a tree, another is when a demon shouts “kiss me, you f***ing c**t” before making-out with another female character.
When I first heard about a remake of ‘Evil Dead’ being talked about, I was rather cautious about the fact that it might not have done the original justice. However after hearing that, original director, ‘Sam Raimi’ and Bruce Campbell were producing the film, it was obvious that they would create a stunning remake. It really is a homage to the 1981 picture with the signature chainsaw and the original ‘found tape recording’ being played throughout the credits, also die-hard fans will want to stay until the end of the credits for a cult surprise.
Whether you are a fan of the original or just a horror fan in general, ‘Evil Dead’ will have you gripping your seat and questioning…’how can a film show this?”