Monday, 22 April 2013

#38 EVIL DEAD (22.4.13)

Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore Directed by Fede Alvarez.

Five kids drive deep into the woods to a spooky cabin to take part in a drug intervention. Unluckily for them one of their group, a bearded, four-eyed, hippy teacher finds the book of the dead and stupidly starts reading aloud from it, perhaps not the smartest thing to do when you've found the book in a basement room filled with the rotting carcases of dead cats. After that, it's lights out, Vienna as one-by-one the kids are butchered by demons.

The original is a classic that has stood the test of time admirably, this won't even last the year as a memory.

For some unknown reason, the writers of this modern version have dumped the black humour and tacked on an utterly unnecessary prologue, they've left in some nods to the original to appease the fans and shoehorned in a post credit bonus to really get them whooping. How sad then, that the audience I saw this with had no idea who the man at the end was.

It's a gory, sadistic and vicious film filled with stupid characters doing stupid things. You'll come for the legend, stay for the gore and leave wondering what all the fuss was about.

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