Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
So this isn’t exactly a remake, nor exactly a sequel to the original Evil Dead series. It’s somewhere in between, and also it has it’s own feel to it. This kind of philosophizing is really only useful in trying to describe it to other people, once you’re watching the movie, it really doesn’t matter. It’s its own self-contained horror flick, with tons of similar themes to The Evil Dead. Just like a ton of other movies since then, only THEY didn’t have a two second post-credits shot of Bruce Campbell saying “Groovy”! THEIR LOSS!!!
A group of people gather at a cabin in the middle of the woods to help their friend overcome her drug addiction, but when they find a book bound in human skin in the basement, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE! See, I can write copy for movies, DirectTV should hire me. Anyway, there’s an evil demonic presence that possesses the people and they die one by one in gruesome, horrific ways.
This is a really wet movie. Kinda like Evil Dead 2, but without the humor. And that’s really what hurts this film, is that it’s just a straight horror film (like the original Evil Dead), and it doesn’t have any of the humor from the sequels, which is what makes the series really stand out. As it is, fans of gore have plenty to like here, and the ending sequence is pretty neat. It really pales in comparison to, say, Drag Me to Hell, though. Maybe if they do a sequel to this, it’ll have some of the humorous element to it.