EVIL DEAD (2013)
Buckets of Blood and Gore
Release Date: April 05, 2013
Starring: ** Buckets of Blood and Gore
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: TriStar Pictures/Sony Pictures
Director: Fede Alvarez
Executive Producer: Peter Schlessel, Nathan
Kahane, Maya Fukuzawa, Joseph
Producer: Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell,
Robert G. Tapert
Writer: Fede Alvarez, Diablo Cody, Sam
Raimi, Rodo Sayagues
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EVIL DEAD is a reboot of the 1981 horror film THE EVIL DEAD, which started the career of Sam Raimi, who has since gone on to make many popular, relatively family-friendly blockbusters, including the SPIDER-MAN Trilogy and OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. While he didn’t direct the new EVIL DEAD, he’s responsible for the movie as he is executive producer and pushed hard to have the movie get made because of his 30-year dream to have a version that was produced with a large budget.
Like the original, the new movie’s plot is simple – a group of twentysomethings head to an old, rundown cabin in the woods. This time, they’ve assembled because one of them, Maia (Jane Levy), is desperate to kick her heroin habit after overdosing.
Maia’s friends and brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) take her out to the woods in order to remove her from all drug temptations. Behind her back, they make a pact to lock her down and hold her in the woods no matter how hard she begs to leave. However, when the other guy on the trip, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), finds an ancient witchcraft book and completely ignores scribbled warnings to not read it, he unleashes an evil demon. The demon possesses Maia, leading to all sorts of evil breaking loose as the friends take turns being possessed and trying to kill each other.
About 90 percent of the new film’s running time consists of finding brutal and bloody ways to kill a person, including shotgun blasts, nail guns, broken mirror shards, strangulations, drowning, electrocution, burning, and live burial. As in the original, the deaths (as well as a scene in which tree branches rape a woman) are so over the top that they’re often played for laughs by the filmmakers.
The new EVIL DEAD is a repugnant example of the cliché “buckets of blood.” Writer-director Fede Alvarez has people spew, vomit and drip blood not only all over each other but also all over the scenery. There’s also an abundant use of strong, obscene foul language.
The fact that the new version is going out in wide release with an R rating is an example of just how far our society has gone off the rails and come to accept bloodletting as entertainment, and how sadly unreliable movie ratings have become. EVIL DEAD’s unending assault on the senses may be skillfully shot and decently acted by performers who seem to be playing it all for laughs about half the time, but the fact that mass audiences will be paying good money to cheer and laugh at all manner of brutal death and dismemberment should be cause for concern. One has to question both their mental states as well as the mental health of society as a whole.
The new EVIL DEAD surely stands as one of the most violent, bloodiest movies ever made. About 90 percent of the new movie’s running time consists of finding brutal and bloody ways to kill a person. There’s also an abundant use of strong, obscene foul language. EVIL DEAD is clearly abhorrent.