Evil Dead

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.evil dead

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?”

The Host

The long awaited adaptation of the much-loved novel by Stephanie Meyer definitely surpasses the expectations which the Twilight saga promised. Although both were written by same author it is hard to, even though some will, compare Twilight and The Host as they are both written so differently. Where the Twilight saga was obviously written with a younger audience in mind, being aimed from a Mormon’s point of view, of no sex before marriage, The Host has more of an adult theme to it. Yes it is another love story by the same author, and yes in a way there is another love triangle throughout, but it is written with more serious issues being addressed such as; what would you do if you were about to have an alien parasite put into your head and would not be able to control your body, the consequence is not exactly teen friendly. The film portrays these scenes well, giving the audience the same feeling which the book did, and makes them wonder to what lengths would they go to protect the ones they love and keep their own mind.The-Host

For those who are not familiar with the story, the earth has been taken over by an alien race who call themselves ‘souls’, they take over the human host, hence the title, and then control and live inside their body. The souls create a better and happier world to live in; without poverty, greed, hate and war…but also humans. The plot follows ‘Wanderer’, a soul who has just been put into a human host called Melanie Stryder. However Melanie doesn’t want to give up that easily and is still alive inside Wanderer’s head, both species emotions begin to mix and Melanie makes Wanderer go in search of the last human resistance, which includes the love of her life ‘Jared’ and her little brother ‘Jamie’. However when she finds them, she does not receive the open-armed invitation which she was hoping for, and has to work to gain their trust whilst fighting off an intruding ‘Seeker’ who wants nothing more than to watch the resistance fall.

Although the actors portraying the male roles don’t exactly mirror the book counterparts, they still bring the story to life and by the end of the film your vision of how they would have looked will have altered.

What is good about who was cast in this picture is that none of the main characters are really that big in Hollywood, minus of course William Hurt and Diane Kruger, but for Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, this is their first major film. That takes away the thought of them being another character, look at A-listers such as: Will Smith and Johnny Depp, yes their acting is superb, but after a while they have been in so many pictures that it is hard to see them in another role. Where as with a new batch of actors it is easier to fall in to the story and picture them as the characters they are portraying

Andrew Niccol really did an excellent job of transforming the story from novel to film, the original plot being a very long and monotonous tale in the middle, it was hard to picture how it could have been made in to a film without it being ridiculously long or the whole thing seeming like a big rush. Apart from not being completely immersed with the characters because the film is shorter, it it really did the book justice, and did not create a world wide hatred for it like another did.

It is a tale which follows two love stories and will be enjoyed by both fans of the book and fans of the sci-fi genre, and in some ways it seems more realistic than Twilight.