The Evil Dead 2013 Remake is an endurance test. I think it’s good to mention that if you have seen the red band trailer then just expect that kind of intensity through the whole film. Beat for beat it’s almost exactly what you’d expect if you mixed the original Evil Dead with the gritty style of the red band trailer. The film inhibits a grim world and that relentless terror that permeates the film maybe it’s greatest weakness. What makes Evil Dead 2 really sing is that knowing wink to the audience. The idea that we’re going to be taken on an unexpected thrill ride. By contrast Evil Dead 2013 is a joyless affair. There’s a lot to like about the new film, especially the intervention subplot, but the sense of wonder is saturated in dread.
The film starts to run on it’s own towards the end. Due to subtle manipulations throughout the course of the film we understand the purpose of the Deadites, which has never been really clear up to this point in the franchise. The Necronomicon acts as both a warning to it’s readers and as a detailed recipe for unleashing it’s terror. When things go terribly wrong we understand how deep the consequences of failure are. I wish this aspect of the film was played up. It’s one thing to show people being butchered one by one on a small scale. It’s another thing to see how their actions could endanger other lives. When the problem becomes bigger than them the characters will have to rise to the occasion. The way the protagonist is able to overcome the Deadites was one of the most heroic points in the movie. Most of the mutilation and gore in the film is exhibitionist in nature but it’s use towards the end seems more justified. I found that the ending finally seemed to get the mixture of all the elements right.
If you’ve never seen the original Evil Dead some of the gore elements may actually take you by surprise. At times it was hard to believe that certain characters re-appear. Oh! I thought you were…dead… dead. And then that same character will pop up again and you think to yourself, “Just how are you walking?”.
Evil Dead 2013 is not really my kind of movie. I can enjoy it for what it is, but really I just want to see more of the Bruce Campbell machismo humor of Army of Darkness. I hear that a sequel to that film is in the works and perhaps this film was meant to salve audiences until a proper sequel could be put in motion. If you’ve never seen the original Evil Dead and you like movies with tons of gore and violence, than this is the movie for you.