Evil Dead full of bloody goodness
Trading laughs for overwhelming amounts of blood and gore, “Evil Dead” proves to be a terrifying addition to “The Evil Dead” franchise.
This reboot of the 1981 cult classic, “The Evil Dead,” is not directly a sequel, but more of a loose continuation of the series.
Much like its predecessor, “Evil Dead” begins with five friends who find their way to an old cabin, deep in the woods. Mia (Jane Levy, TV series “Suburgatory”) is in the process of battling an opiate addiction with the help of her friends, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas).
Also there to lend support are Mia’s brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore).
Leaving Eric in charge of keeping Mia within the cabin turns out to be a bad idea, when Mia escapes from the cabin into the woods. In her absence, Eric discovers a cellar in the cabin as if by chance.
Finding dead animal carcasses and a mysterious book labeled “The Necronomicon,” Eric throws caution to the wind and proceeds to delve into the book, despite clear warnings written all over it.
Eric inadvertently unleashes a terrible and ancient evil, called the Abomination. The tranquil, remote woods quickly turn into a hellish nightmare for Mia, as trees and vines take on a life of their own and begin attacking her.
Her body now possessed, Mia finds her way back to the cabin and reconnects with the rest of the group.
Eric reveals what he has done, yet the group dismisses him as crazy. That is until Mia’s skin turns pale, her eyes yellow, and she attacks the group. The group must now band together to combat the malicious spirit.
Director Fede Alvarez said in an interview that the film did not use CGI (computer- generated imagery) for any of the scenes. Instead, the director relied upon magician tricks and illusion tricks for all of the gruesome spectacles throughout the film.
Regardless of technique, audiences will enjoy the brilliantly orchestrated mayhem.
The film’s score, composed by Roque Baños, intensified the action as the characters desperately attempt to eradicate the malevolent force.
The actors’ performances weren’t outstanding by any means, but adequate.
Audiences expecting a brilliant storyline will need to look elsewhere, as the film sacrifices suspenseful intrigue for copious (almost ridiculous) displays of brutal and bloody torture.
“Evil Dead” can’t claim to be one of the best horror films, but it has a pretty good shot at being one of the bloodiest. Those with a weak stomach would be wise to avoid this film.