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2013 - Directed by Fede Alvarez - Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lewis, Elizabeth Blackmore

2013 – Directed by Fede Alvarez – Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lewis, Elizabeth Blackmore


In 1981 Sam Raimi gave us an artfully shot, low budget, truly scary movie about five teens in the woods who have to deal with demonic forces. It has garnered one of the largest cult followings of all time. We were introduced to Bruce Campbell, and we fell in love. We saw a tree rape a girl, decapitation with a shovel, eye gouging and possessed woods POV shots. The movie is undoubtedly a classic, and on a lot of peoples’ top ten lists. So why not remake it right? Wait, didn’t they already do that? Wasn’t Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn a remake? No! While that idea has become popular belief, Dead by Dawn is a continuation of the first movie. The beginning recounts the first movie, but was re-shot with a different actress playing Ash’s girlfriend, Linda, and none of the other teens. At the end of Dead by Dawn, we see Ash transcending time and space as he is sucked into a portal to the dark ages. This of course leads into the third movie in the series: Army of Darkness. Whether you like the series or not, you can’t deny that the original Evil Dead reshaped horror movie cinema in the 80’s and defined the cabin in the woods horror.

So lets talk about Evil Dead (2013). If you ever met a horror movie geek like me, you’d probably be expecting me to start a huge rant about how Hollywood is ruining the horror genre with awful remakes of great movies. While for the most part that is true, I must say Evil Dead is not Hollywood. It’s an independently produced, low budget remake with the original writer/director and original stars producing the movie. This leads to one of the best horror movie remakes of all time. It’s filmed in one of the most beautiful places on Earth (New Zealand) and based on a script written by Fede Alvarez and Diablo Cody. In fact, one of my only complaints about this movie was the ridiculous script these people had to work with. The dialog was God awful, especially in the beginning, and the third act is freaking ridiculous. That being said, this movie more than makes up for it with its striking camera angels, cinematography, brutal violence and gore, demon makeup and most of all, the awesome sound direction.


The story line is quite a bit different from the original. We still follow five young adults as they spend a weekend in a cabin in the woods, but these are different characters than the original. The only thing that is similar, is that they eventually fall into vaguely similar roles of the original five with a few twists and turns. The characters in this movie are spending a few days in a family cabin in an effort to get their friend Mia clean from drugs once and for all. Of course, things don’t go as planned once they stumble upon the Necronomicon ex Mortis.

Evil Dead 2013. Book of the Dead. cover.

While I can’t say this remake is better than the original, I will say it’s a more effective scary movie. It’s just as much fun, if not more, and the gore is better. So what is holding it back from being better than the original? Time. We’ll have to wait and see how it holds up upon multiple watchings. I highly suggest seeing this movie in theaters as soon as possible as the group element adds to the experience. Not to mention you can immerse yourself into the terror more when there’s a giant screen and a great surround sound system.


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