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Finally, a remake worth watching.,
This review is from: Evil Dead [DVD]  (DVD)
When I first heard about the idea of a remake of the classic horror movie, The Evil Dead, I was in uproar. When I heard original producers, Sam Raimi, Robert Tarpert and Bruce Campbell were overseeing the project, I was intrigued. Then I saw the Red Band trailer and became excited. But then I heard nothing but bad reviews, so this put me off a visit to the cinema. I finally picked it up on DVD,as it's fairly cheap and if I enjoyed it, may splash out on Blu Ray for the collection. I will be buying the Blu Ray.
In terms of extra, there isn't much going on except a couple of making of documentaries and commentaries. But the film itself was better than I was expecting.
The premise of the film is still the same as the original and there are many scenes that pay homage to both The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. The characters are given different names in the 2013 version, but the relationship between them is the same. The motivation for heading to the cabin is more modern and more believable than the original, but there is no real explanation as to how the Book of the Dead wound up in the cabin, even with the prologue(In the original the cabin belongs to a professor of ancient history who found the book on an excavation and brought it back to the cabin to study). And he finale is different to the original too, but other than that the movie pretty much parallel to the original.
I read the following criticisms. No Bruce Campbell - this is true, but this is remake, not a sequel. Would audiences respect an actor in his late 50s playing a character in their early 20s? The movie doesn't have the same comedy as the original and is too serious - not sure whee the idea of The Evil Dead being a comedy has come from. While dated and appears comical by todays standards and effects, it was made to be a genuine horror film and this should not be overlooked.
While there were some elements I would like to have see or done differently, over all this was an entertaining horror movie with brilliant special make-up effects rather than lazy CGI and Jane Levy's (Suburgatory)performance is excellent. I'm also happy Sam Raimi and co didn't bow to fat cat executives and cut the violence and gore to secure a 12A just to get more people through the door. It has maintained the 18 certificate of the original and for good reason.
All in all, a remake worthy of the original.