Movie Review – Evil Dead (2013)
As a fan of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness (not so much the original Evil Dead), it would be obvious that I would have to see the new Evil Dead movie that came out. How that it’s on DVD, I finally got around to viewing it… unfortunately.
WARNING: LOTS OF SPOILERS AHEAD
Again, I do stipulate that I am a fan of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Evil Dead 2 is even one of my top five favorite movies. In spite of that, I wanted to give the 2013 version of the movie a chance.
First thing you may notice about this review is that I do not refer to it as a remake. That’s because it really isn’t one. This version plays out as almost a divergent story. The movie starts out with a bang, which, I admit, pulled me in. Once we are through with the prologue, we come to the main story, which also has some potential. Instead of the group of friends going into the words for some fun, we have a gathering for what can only be described as an extreme intervention. Friends and family, and one new girlfriend, gather in the family cabin to try to help Mia quit her drug use cold turkey.
At this point, we reach the first problem with the movie. With the inclusion of the prologue scene, we establish that the evil is real. If this had been left out, the audience could have been pulled into the movie better. As you may have guessed, Mia is the first victim of the evil dead. Naturally, Mia’s friends and brother initially think that what she is dealing with is a hallucination caused by withdrawals. Because of the prologue, the audience is in on the nightmare. I think it would have been better to have left the prologue off and let the audience wonder if everything they are witnessing is real, or simply in Mia’s mind.
There is also a big problem with the cast and characters. Some of the acting is very flat, particularly the role of Eric, who seems indifferent about Mia’s condition (both before and after possession), and her brother’s presence at the cabin. Worse still, the character of Natalie (the new girlfriend) seems to disappear into the background, only returning when a victim is needed for the evil dead attacking the group.
This movie lacks a lot of what made the original Evil Dead movies such cult favorites, and in lacking that, it really starts to fall flat. Many of the scenes could have been pulled from any supernatural horror movie, and the only character that anyone really could start to care about spends most of the movie possessed. There are also not one, but two false happy endings that I found a bit tedious and predictable.
If you’re looking for a decent horror movie to watch, I would suggest you skip this one and try to find one of the original Evil Dead movies on DVD.