First of all, I'm a huge fan Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell's Evil Dead franchise. Evil Dead was the first real horror movie I saw when I was a kid, and from that moment on, I was hooked on the horror genre. Ever since Evil Dead I've enjoyed watching horror films both good, bad, and so bad they're good. I was a little pissed off when I heard that Evil Dead was going to get remade. I hate remakes; I'm not a big fan of the unoriginality of Hollywood these days. But the more I heard about the film, the more that Raimi talked about the reasons he wanted it remade, the more that shell of remake hatred started to break down. Raimi's original vision for The Evil Dead was a hardcore horror story. I think his original movie delivers that, but there's still a lot of unintentional cheesy campiness, which is one of the things that make it so damn fun!
I wasn't sure what to expect from the remake. I heard so much good stuff about it from Raimi and Campbell, so I had to believe that they wouldn't take the fans to a place they themselves wouldn't be happy with. If they are happy with the outcome then chances are I would be happy with it as well. Then I went to New York Comic-Con where they showed the first footage ever of the film in the form of a red-band trailer, and I was blown away! I was 100% sold on seeing the film from that moment on, and my excitement just grew the closer we got to the actual release date. My expectations were through the roof!
So what do I have to say about Evil Dead now that I've seen it? Holy freakin' hell! It delivered the horror, blood, and guts on every level imaginable! It was easily one of the most entertaining and terrifying blood filled movies that I've ever seen. It was truly and utterly insane, and I loved every minute of it! I cringed and laughed and enjoyed listening to the girl sitting a couple seats over from me literally crying. She wouldn't leave without her boyfriend, and he wasn't going anywhere! I saw the movie with a great audience, with great reactions, and it was such a perfect movie going experience.
Director Fede Alvarez's vision of this classic tale of evil was perfect. He hit all the right notes in all the right places and gave Evil Dead fans a movie they would love. I know there are people out there that have had horrible childhoods--a.k.a: growing up having never seen the original Evil Dead film. This remake is something that maybe they might enjoy, on the other hand, it might also make them puke up their guts, because that's how awesome this movie is! This remake is for hardcore horror fans, and I don't know any hardcore horror fans that haven't seen Evil Dead.
The story and script were solid, I like how they gave a reason for these friends to go out into the woods, and gave it a little backstory. At the same time, it stayed true to the spirit of the original movie.
I loved that they used practical effects in the movie, there was absolutely no CGI blood, which was so amazing. Especially since there was so much of it! This is easily one of the bloodiest and goriest movies I've ever seen. I'm sick and tired of all this CGI blood nonsense. It's hard to even describe the intensity of some of these scenes. I wouldn't want to spoil anything for you, but I will say that the best parts aren't in any of the trailers you've seen, and they don't cut away from the craziest of scenes. You just either have to close your eyes or watch the bloody carnage unfold. I suggest that you watch. In fact, I dare you not to look away!
Look, Evil Dead was just an awesomely fun horror film! It surpassed my expectations, and I couldn't be happier with the nightmarish results. This was the best movie going experience of the year for me so far. I really hope that you all like it just as much as I did!
I just want to reiterate that there is sooooooo much blood and carnage!
Oh, and make sure to stay after the credits! There's something that you're going to want to see.
If you've seen the movie already tell us what you thought!