My review of the Evil Dead remake
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08-04-2013, 08:12 AM (This post was last modified: 08-04-2013 10:49 AM by kingschosen.)
My review of the Evil Dead remake
I saw it this weekend... I chose this over JP 3D... a decision I regret.

Anyway, my review:

Let me first start off saying that I don't mind gore. In fact,my favorite horror series of ALL time are the Saw movies. I love all of them. I personally think they are an amazing piece of storytelling and cinema greatness.

In short, blood, guts, gore, dismemberment, disemboweling, decapitation, and blowing up people on screen have ZERO effect on me. It just doesn't bother me.

Next, I am a HUGE fan of the Evil Dead series. Heck, I grew up watching Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams. One of my favorite Survival Horror games was the Evil Dead game for PSX.

I came into this movie with great expectations and even fanboy tout. Unfortunately, I walked away very disappointed... even a little angry.

The good:

Evil Dead (2013) captures the mood and feeling of the cabin perfectly. The only other media that did this was the PSX game. The filters on the film were more blue, and it set up an eerie, desolate... "wet" feeling around the cabin. It made you feel dirty... like you're out in the woods... it was done very well.

It also had pretty solid character development. The three main characters (Mia, the brother, and the dude with the long hair) were well understood, and their personalities were well established.

Besides the setting and character development, that is where the "good" ends.

The bad:

My biggest complaint was that Evil Dead (2013) takes itself way too seriously. It loses all the Evil Dead charm. It's cheap horror... in fact, the entire "scariness" of the film is built on sudden "boo" moments. There is nothing that is genuinely scary. Nothing. Not a single thing.

I hate, hate, HATE "Boo" movies. They are lazy. That's all I can really say. Laziness.

The original Evil Dead relied on charm... and a subtle tongue in cheek awareness that this movie doesn't take itself seriously. The remake had none of this. I know what they were going for, but in the end, it just turned out to be a mediocre slasher film.

And yes, I said "Slasher". Evil Dead (2013) isn't a horror movie. A horror movie requires a solid story with actual "horror". This film was built on gore.

Now, as aforementioned, I don't care about gore. It doesn't bother me.

However, Evil Dead (2013) tried to see how much gore they could squeeze into a film without an NC-17 rating. The gore was so gratuitous, that is really detracted from the film. I knew what they were doing. Shock value. It's another form of cheap, lazy film making... just like "Boo" scares.

So, Evil Dead (2013) has a disastrous combo of laziness and cheap horror with the "Boo" scare effect and the shock value gore.

Save your money. Wait until it comes out on Redbox. If you want to go see a movie, give your money to a good movie... go see Jurassic Park 3D.

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08-04-2013, 10:30 AM
RE: My review of the Evil Dead remake
I have to ask about it, one thing that makes me hesitate to see it, is that I'm afraid it would turn out to be torture porn.
So, is it, or not really?

Gore in itself doesn't really bother me, but outright torture porn does kinda make me cringe.

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08-04-2013, 10:39 AM
RE: My review of the Evil Dead remake
(08-04-2013 10:30 AM)LostLocke Wrote:  I have to ask about it, one thing that makes me hesitate to see it, is that I'm afraid it would turn out to be torture porn.
So, is it, or not really?

Gore in itself doesn't really bother me, but outright torture porn does kinda make me cringe.

It's not torture porn.

There are some pretty cringe worthy scenes... but nothing like excessive torture.

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08-04-2013, 12:40 PM
RE: My review of the Evil Dead remake
Cool beans, thanks for the heads up Thumbsup

And here I was hoping Bruce Campbell would have made a guest appearance Sad
Maybe as gun toting Sam Axe... he woulda taken care of those evil dead in a flash. Tongue

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08-04-2013, 07:07 PM
RE: My review of the Evil Dead remake
Don't worry. The first time I heard "A chick gets raped by a tree, man!" I responded with "BAHA!" and walked away rolling my eyes.

T-Rex roar in dolby-digital surround-sound was way worth it, however. Thumbsup

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08-04-2013, 10:04 PM
RE: My review of the Evil Dead remake
Meh. They should quit redoing cult classics. Its not okay.

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09-04-2013, 12:02 AM
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Especially if they can't or not trying to recapture what made them cult classics in the first place.
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09-04-2013, 08:42 AM
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I kinda knew it was going to be a jumpscare fest. But I don't care about remakes anyway

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09-04-2013, 10:08 AM
RE: My review of the Evil Dead remake
The Evil Dead trilogy are 3 of my favourite films. They didn't need to do a remake. Although, some would say that this is a second remake, as many see Evil Dead 2 as a redo of the first.

Anyway, I don't really care how this film is. It isn't THE Evil Dead, so no need to worry what they have done. I'll still watch it though. Oh, and it will hopefully turn more people onto the original who wouldn't have seen it. This single positive here makes it all worth it to me. Tongue

The only thing that bothered me in your review was this:
Quote:In fact,my favorite horror series of ALL time are the Saw movies. I love all of them.

How can you love any of them passed 1 and 2?! Tongue

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