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A bit pointless,
This review is from: Evil Dead [DVD]  (DVD)
What constitutes a 'terrifying' film these days seems to be a whole load of gut wrenching splatter effects. Granted, this film has these but little else. I sound old, don't I?
I guess this is really no better or worse than any of the other current crop of horror remakes but can't see why this one has been singled out for such praise. The effort to give some kind of backstory is almost laughably half hearted- at the beginning a demon is captured, then executed. The people doing this (possibly drafted in from 'The Hills Have Eyes' remake) then wander off leaving behind a shotgun, a book of the dead and a bunch of dead cats. That's it.
The characters feeble reason for being there is a drug intervention. This only serves to engender complete indifference as to what happens to most of them. Mia, who gets most of the screen time at the beginning then spends the majority of the rest as a deadite. Everyone else might just as well have turned up unannounced for a holiday weekend. The only bits that are true to the original are the slightly wooden acting and lame dialogue.
The less said about the ending the better- a rather arbitrary solitary zombie attack after the main character is conveniently brought back from the dead...and that's it.
I don't object to remakes if they have something to add. This just smacks of writers racking their brains for crap tweaks to make to the original. At least when that came out, this kind of thing was pretty new and shocking. By now there's nothing here you haven't seen dozens of times before, and no reason to be bothered about the people it's happening to.
Not particularly recommended.