"Buckets of Blood and Gore"
EVIL DEAD, a 2013 horror movie remake, is a repugnant horror movie that surely stands as one of the most violent, bloodiest movies ever made. It has a very strong occult worldview and is filled with wall-to-wall carnage and foul language.
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.
(OOO, B, LLL, VVV, SS, N, DD, MM) Very strong occult worldview as witchcraft book brings out an evil demon, some moral elements regarding fighting an extremely powerful, evil demon and its manifestations; at least 105 obscenities and profanities (including many “f” words), plus vomiting blood and black ooze; extreme bloody, gruesome, gory, scary violence includes young adult friends in their 20s become demonically possessed and kill each other using gunshots, stabbings, amputations, live burnings, nail guns, drowning, throwing each other against walls, biting each other, and much more, plus a room filled with hanging, rotten dead cats is found and surmised that they were Satanic sacrifices, a living dog is found with its throat sliced in bloody fashion, gallons of blood are poured, spewed, and vomited at every turn, a tree comes to life with its branches strangling and even raping a woman, self-made defibrillator used to electroshock a victim back to life, possessed girl slices her tongue, blood spews, decapitation, live burial, suicide by arson, a father has to shoot and then burn to death his possessed daughter, who demonically laughs at him over the fact that she killed her mother, his wife, and numerous graphic depictions of possession, including insane eyes, postulating sores on faces, and spewing bodily fluids; some sexual references include tree comes alive with its branches strangling and appearing to “rape” a woman; upper male nudity; no alcohol use; smoking and references to heroin addiction and trying to quit heroin addiction; and, lying, betrayal, many scary scenes.
EVIL DEAD is a bloody 2013 remake of a 1981 horror movie. Like the original, the new movie’s plot is simple. A group of twentysomethings head to an rundown cabin in the woods. They’ve assembled there because one of them is desperate to kick her heroin habit. Her friends and brother 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. The other guy on the trip finds an ancient witchcraft book. He completely ignores scribbled warnings not to read it and unleashes an evil demon. The demon possesses Maia, leading to all sorts of evil and violence breaking loose.
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.