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‘Evil Dead’ is one sick and twisted gory good time
by Paul Gonzales
Apr 10, 2013 | 1132 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – I know very few people who have actually seen the original 1981 “The Evil Dead” film.

And by the looks of the teenage crowd this past weekend, I now know even fewer.

I was exposed to “The Evil Dead” as a young lad one very late night while channel surfing, and it scared the bejesus out of me.

It was the first film directed by Sam Raimi, who has gone on to do the original Spider-Man trilogy as well as the more recent “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

“The Evil Dead” spawned two sequels, “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness.”

“Evil Dead” is the remake/pseudo sequel which hit theaters this past weekend.

Now, I call it a remake/pseudo sequel because in the original, a group of 20 somethings head out to a cabin, find the Book of the Dead and unleash an ancient evil.

In “Evil Dead,” another group of 20 somethings show up at what seems to be the same cabin to help their friend kick heroin cold turkey.

While at the cabin, they too find the Book of the Dead and unleash an ancient evil.

And that’s when the lines get blurred a bit.

The cast is well above your average stupid teenyboppers and/or rappers that seem to populate most horror films these days. These actors can actually act.

The plot follows the young adults as they get slaughtered one by one by the summoned evil.

Sounds simple and boring, right?

Well, it’s not really about the story line; it’s about the characters and how they deal with their friends becoming possessed and eventually turning on them.

Oh, and the tons and tons of blood and gore.

All of the deaths and possessions are pretty gruesome and mostly original. I say mostly because we’ve seen the girl with long wet black hair over her face, crawling towards the camera. But it still works.

And the blood comes in buckets. It was really hard for me to realize the movie I was watching wasn’t NC-17 (a rating for films that do not allow children under 17 to attend because of gruesome violence or sexual content).

But then the infant cries and toddlers talking in the theater brought me back to reality and made me remember it was rated “R.”

And one of the refreshing things about “Evil Dead” was the practical use of effects. There’s very little computer generated fakery in the film, which most horror movies use as a cop-out these days and always looks really bad.

They built the appendages that get severed and chopped and smashed and burnt, which adds to the realism of the horror.

Gorehounds should really get a kick out of this movie, if for that reason alone.

Director Fede Alvarez took on the massive task of remaking one of the biggest cult hits ever – and did it with style by not remaking the original but taking the basic premise, doing his own thing with it and staying true to vintage horror cinema.

With only a couple of features and shorts under his belt, it was an odd choice to hand him the reins to such a cult classic but one that worked out really well.

The score is also really great, though it evokes “Army of Darkness” at some points throughout the film. It’s really big sounding for a movie that takes place in a cabin, but it all seems to only add to the horror of every scene and never takes you out of it.

Even though “Evil Dead” isn’t as scary (for me anyway) as “The Evil Dead,” it does deliver the shocks and disgust it promises.

The film isn’t for the timid or weak-stomached, so be warned – it does get pretty nasty.

And any fans of “The Evil Dead” should stay until the very end of the credits to see my point proved about it maybe being a pseudo sequel.

All I’m going to say is it’s pretty “groovy.”

“Evil Dead” is playing at Rio 6 Cinemas, 806 E. Houston St. in Beeville.

Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.
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