[Reader Review] Scorpionsy Compares the New ‘Evil Dead’ With the Original

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The Fede Alvarez-directed Evil Dead played like gangbusters as SXSW earning a ton of great reviews (and a few mixed ones, to be fair). But that’s not the only place it’s been playing – the film is currently on a multi-city tour that is garnering a lot of good word of mouth. BD Reader Scorpionsy caught up with the film on one of its’ stops and was kind enough to shoot us this review – a mixed take on the film that prefers the 1981 original.

If I may, I think Scorpionsy is doing himself a little bit of disservice by comparing every nook and cranny of it to the original. While Alvarez’s film is very much of the Evil Dead universe, it’s not the exact same. Nor should it be. It’s very much its’ own experience. As far as stuff like the make-up being different, that’s a change I appreciate. Far better for Alvarez to do his own thing than fall on the sword of those pronounced ocular cavities. Read my review here. I stand by every word. Then again, it may come down to the fact that the original Evil Dead, IMO, left plenty of room for improvement. But it’s Socrpionsy’s favorite movie, so naturally the remake starts out at a disadvantage for him.

Head inside for the Scorpionsy’s reader review! SPOILERS Inside!

Evil Dead (2013 Remake) – Review / Comparison to the original movie / Analysis by: Scorpionsy

I was invited last week to the premiere screening of the new 2013 remake of the horror cult classic The Evil Dead. The good news is that the remake FEELS like an Evil Dead entry as it delivers on the gore (gallons of it) and the creepiness. The bad news (for me at least) is that it did not live up to my expectations, and is still not better than the original movie (the 32-year-old flick from 1981 is still scarier and creepier in my opinion). This is a good Evil Dead but is not THE Evil Dead I was hoping it would be. Still, it’s a solid introduction to this world for a new generation of horror movie viewers.

Basic Movie Plot (just like the original version):

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil force/presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.

This will be a lengthy review and I will dissect this movie and cut deep into the MY Pros and Cons of it like a Chainsaw [pun intended for all you fans out there] and I feel that I have a right to because the original Evil Dead is my favorite horror movie of all time. There might be some spoilers (I will try not to include many) but I will give a warning and highlight the text in white if you do want to read those parts.

First off, this is a welcome entry into the TRUE horror genre that was missing from major studio releases after a barrage of watered down teeny horror flicks for the Scream-type-movie generation. This movie brings back what was sorely missed in horror movies… HORROR! And I anticipate that the big studios will now realize that this is what horror fans want and start releasing big-budget quality films and not just leave it up to the indie scene. I really hope this does well at the box office so we can get more.

First time director Fede Alvarez, who only previously did a short sci-fi robot invasion movie called “Panic Attack” (search for it on Youtube) and a Macaroni Commercial was a strange choice for me when Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell selected him to helm the relaunch of their franchise. After seeing the film, I think he did a pretty got job for a first timer. I still have reservations about some of the creative decisions (my main gripe is the make-up effects of the possessed Deadites), but he does a good job overall maintaining the creepy isolated feeling of the 1981 original. Alvarez doesn’t have Sam Raimi’s original/genius style of photography, so do not expect the Raimi-stlye crazy camera work that was part of what made the original so unique. Another one of my issues is the excessive use of a blue/green tint post-production filter throughout the film to try to give it a creepy look.

The good thing is that the new Evil Dead is 99% practical special effects which is amazing. Almost NO Computer CGI effects are used. After the first 10-20 minutes or so it goes into high gear horror/gore mode and stays there. The movie maintains the shock-every-few-minutes (or attempt at shock) style from the original version (and that was never ever done again by any other horror movie after that). They also don’t skimp on blood here, exceeding even the original in that department. There’s a scene at the end where they actually used 50,000 gallons of blood (they basically ordered a truck full of blood for that scene alone).

Now, my worries from before watching this remake were mainly about the make-up used on the possessed people (called Deadites for you non-Evil Dead fans out there) in this new version compared to the original version. From the promo pictures released and the trailers, I was not a fan of the direction they took with the new make-up and for me the original Deadite make-up was WAY more scary and effective in the mood/scare factor of an Evil Dead movie. I did not like how the possessed Deadite trapped in the Cellar (I will not mention the name) looks almost exactly like the possessed girl from The Exorcist in the pictures and trailers. It does not look scary to me with normal looking eyes (in fact those eyes looked like the Sith-style eyes from the Star Wars prequels). I wanted the scary white/red puss-filled eyes back, they would have definitely made the existing make-up look more terrifying. The only redeeming factor for me before watching the remake is that I read (from your set-visit interviews) that their faces and bodies go through different changes as they deteriorate (and from self-inflicted wounds) getting worse. So I thought to myself maybe that Cellar Deadite will be REALLY freaky looking later on.

Well, unfortunately my fears came true, the new Deadites and their make-up does NOT look scary at all to me (maybe it will be scary for non-horror fans or regular viewers). The Deadites not looking as scary as they did in the original was huge factor in making the new film not really scary for me. It’s not only the way they look for me but the way they MOVED and SPOKE or SCREAMED in the original that completed the scary/creep factor. None of that exists here. Only ONE Deadite spoke… the others did not. They just shuffled along and moaned (sometimes). In a world of zombies like we have now in “The Walking Dead”, it is sad to see that this TV show had better zombie makeup and movement than this new movie does. I am sorry to say and it pains me… it really does. I wanted the decomposing and puss-filled red/white eyes of the Original Deadites with a 2013 upgrade BACK into the new movie…but that is too late. I hope other fans speak up and they fix this element in the potential sequel. They should have hired Tom Sullivan (the genius behind the original Book of the Dead and Deadite makup/effects from the original movie) again for this remake instead of going for young-blood makeup/sfx artists.

You be the judge…What looks scarier to you as a Deadite?:

This one from the new 2013 film?

Or this one from the 1981 original?

Even a TV Show’s (“The Walking Dead”) zombie makeup looks scarier than the new remake’s makeup:

Another gripe for me with the effects was that the “Evil Force” (Camera swooping though woods) monster is actually downplayed here and is longer and much scarier in the original film (mainly because the original movie used a growling-monster sound effect while the Camera goes through the woods while this new one uses a weird non-scary and toned-down snake-like rattling sound). The movement of the camera through the woods in the new remake was not also as menacing (the original Sam-O-Cam one is better).

There is a tree-rape scene that was WAY more graphic and scary in the original than in the remake, and it involved a tree branch in the end swiftly violating the victim. In this remake (even though they had to cut some part of it for the film’s rating to be dropped to an R-Rating) was just not as violent or scary as the original was and it involves a black slug-like tentacle thingy instead. The scene felt like torture-porn, but I will reserve final judgment for that scene when the unrated Blu-ray comes out because I know this one was toned down.

Also, in the original, when someone turns into a Deadite (possessed) they may get de-possessed and look normal again iftheir body/face DID NOT get messed up or decomposed (for example Linda from the original Evil Dead was a laughing maniacal Deadite and turned back into normal Linda (for moment), but that was BEFORE any major face decomposition/damage). However, in this remake, it appears you can get possessed, mess-up your face/body and get de-possessed back to your normal pre-injury state (even after you have half your face burned off for example). This is a hindsight and mistake that the Director/Producers should not have overlooked. They claimed in the set-visit interviews that this remake’s version of Deadites and the events that happen to them are taking a more Realistic-based approach than the original movie (i.e. less supernatural..so no floating in the air etc.), but then having someone’s face/body messed up only to have that MAGICALLY go away/disappear later on is NOT realistic at all. Besides, we are dealing with Demons here…so it IS Supernatural.**

The Evil Book…the Book of the Dead….in this remake had its’ ancient technical name changed from “Necronomicon Ex Mortis” (from Evil Dead 2) back to “Naturan Demanto” (which was the name in the original movie, so that is cool). Also, it does not have a dead/demon-like face on its’ dead-leather-skin cover anymore. If you have seen the pictures and trailers, it instead has dead-leather-skin that looks stitched together. It still looks creepy and the pages inside are also pretty creepy with some disturbing images and text. We get to see a lot more pages from this new book than we did in the original.

Again, I am happy with the amount of gore, violence and blood in this Evil Dead. That all does the original justice. My only gripe was, again, the Deadites were not scary-looking or behaving scary to me at all. In the original version, the Deadites looked scarier, sounded scarier, moved around scarier and were WAY more violent (one even chewed though it’s own partially-severed hand in one scene). This new version’s Deadites are pretty violent but they prefer to use weapons they can get their hands on throughout the movie instead of their bare hands most of the time. In the original, they did use some weapons, but nowhere near as much as in this version. There is a scene in the remake that is sort of a homage/fan-nod to the original that involves an attack with a steel crowbar (sort of like the steel hot poker from the original movie). Fans should be happy that there are a few vocal and visual homages to the original throughout the movie for them to spot (more on that later).

Now as for the story, this is a different take on it but with the same basic background story. Mia, her brother David and 3 other close friends (Olivia, Natalie and Eric) go to a cabin in the woods to help her kick her drug addiction. Someone finds the Book of the Dead and then all hell breaks loose. There is no depth to the story here folks. The concept is simple (and was original when the first movie came out) yet effective for the tone and setting of this movie. Unfortunately, the only characters you care for are Mia and her brother David. You really do not care for the others, especially that you know one of them is the person who unleashed this Evil on the group.

The acting, while not as cheesy/amateurish as the original Evil Dead (even though it is part of what makes the original work well as a Grindhouse/Drive-in type horror so well), ranges from good to not-so-good. Jane Levy (Mia) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Eric) were the best/most believable performers of the group, followed by just OK acting from Shiloh Fernandez (David). The other 2 actresses (Jessica Lucas as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore as Natalie) were not so great in my opinion. Maybe it was of their roles/parts but I did not feel anything for them.

The last scene is pretty cool and will satisfy gore/horror fans. Also, fans of the original Evil Dead trilogy (especially last 2 parts of the trilogy) should sit through the End Credits (which has a couple of cool sound clips paying homage to the original movie also) for a pretty short post-credits fan-nod (teaser??). The music (by Roque Baños) in this remake was OK and went well with the mood but felt like a downgrade from the original’s score (by Joseph LoDuca…aka Joe Louca). The original Evil Dead‘s score was chaotic and terrifying at the same time mainly because it used disturbing violin string-plucking, other neat instrumental tricks and freaky piano tunes. They should have brought Joseph LoDuca back to this franchise really because his score made the original way scarier.

Overall, I was thoroughly entertained by this Evil Dead remake but NOT Scared one bit by it at all. You could hear the audience’s “ooh’s” and “eww’s” during the gross scenes but I do not recall hearing anybody scream out of fright. That is not to say other viewers will not be terrified – I am sure many will – but it just did not work for me. In a post-Hostel/Saw movie world maybe I have become too desensitized that I do not scare easily anymore and I am not happy about that (I am sure some other horror fans will feel the same way). Also, something that irritated me was that the trailer showed clips that were shot and taken out of the final theatrical cut and re-edited back into the movie.***

For example: (Highlight the below text to read)—->In the trailer they pay homage to the original Evil Dead (probably to excite the original’s Fans) by showing the Deadite in the Cellar saying “We’re gonna Get you…We’re gonna Get you…Not another peep…time to go to sleep!” (just like Deadite Linda sings in the original movie). But then they cut that entire scene out of the movie. Also, they re-edit a scene in the trailer where she is telling the non-possessed girl who is about to cut off her arm to “Cut it!! Cut it!!” but in the movie she is shown saying instead “Don’t Cut it!!! Don’t Cut it!!” (probably because the Deadite wanted the possessed infection to spread on the vicitm’s body. Also, there is a scene in the Trailer (and movie promo stills) which shows David (Shiloh Fernandez) getting a bloody face while using a chainsaw. However, this scene was also cut. David never uses a chainsaw in the Theatrical release. These are just misleading and an annoying thing to do to Fans who are expecting to see something that does not exist anymore in the final cut of the movie.

The good news is that the original The Evil Dead (from 1981) is STILL the undisputed King of Horror movies and STILL the SCARIEST MOVIE EVER, not this remake, and that is just fine with me. However, I am still looking forward to a better sequel to this remake and I hope they get the same Fan-Feedback with the same issues that I had with this movie and fix them in the sequel. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the Producers/Director hear us out.

Overall, this is an Evil Dead film but not THE Evil Dead I was hoping for. I think it designed to be an Evil Dead for an newer younger generation of viewers who get scared from movies like Scream, so this would the for them “The Most Terrifying Movie They Have Ever Seen.”

Either way go and watch this! It’s the first time the studios have taken this genre seriously in years. Help make it successful so we can get a hopefully better sequel!

**Editor’s note: From my viewing of the film, all the damage incurred upon the skin appeared permanent. IE – if someone becomes a deadite and burns their skin, when they go back to normal they don’t look like a deadite but the burns do indeed remain.

***2nd Editor’s note: A common practice in movie marketing. Trailers are usually cut long before the film is completed. And there’s a lot in the film that isn’t in the trailer – which is a nice surprise.

 
  • thevyrsaiplague

    There’s no denying that this could never top the original Evil Dead but I have to say I really like the eyes of the new deadite. It comes off more as something possessed as opposed to a full blown demon. It also brings up the question as to whether the original look would even look good in HD. With the low budget effects and grainy look of older film the original deadite is something truly terrifying but with the sleeker look and contrast to the color schemes of newer movies it might have just come off as cheesy. That being said I still haven’t seen the movie but am anxious to finally be able to craft my own opinion on it.

    • Scorpionsy

      Well..I don’t know if you have seen the new remake or not..but please reserve judgement based on the actual movie (not just screenshots). Also, I have the Evil Dead Blu-ray (among the other DVD versions released) and it looks GREAT in HD. We know it was low-budget so the makeup works due to that reason…even in HD. All I wanted was that grotesque (almost undistinguished-facial-features ) type-look be upgraded to a bigger budget Makeup from the low-budget makeup. You know it can be done…so why should we accept a Regan-style Exorcist look (hasn’t that been done before….EVEN before the original Evil Dead? so it is nothing new.

      I guess people these days prefer their Demon-possessed looks with Twilight/Sith-Lord Contacts instead of blank/white/red eyes?? That is scary? (I have more info on that later on…when the movie is out and you guys watch it…but I will not say it now).

      • thevyrsaiplague

        “That being said I still haven’t seen the movie but am anxious to finally be able to craft my own opinion on it.” The last line of my comment. I would like it to look classic too, of course I would rather they didn’t remake, reboot or tamper with classics in the first place. As for the appearance in general, I’ll take what I can as long as it’s not a complete bastardization of the movie (as I said this just my hopes right now). With the sea of watered down horror romance, and remakes, it’s a pretty sad time to be a genre fan.

        • Scorpionsy

          Woops…must have missed the line with you not watching it yet. But you get my point?

          I guess all I can say is wait till you watch the movie and then please give me and others feed back on the movie and my gripes…I want to see how many people agree and disagree and what they liked and didn’t like about the remake.

    • crimghost

      As a fan of the original trilogy I went yesterday to see the reboot fully prepared to hate it if it was worthy, but I really liked it.
      I never found the original Evil Dead movie all that frightening. It was too over the top to be truly scary, to the point of hilarity even. I actually find the second movie of the original trilogy to be just the right amount of campy humor and black comedy. It’s even better than the first movie in my personal opinion because it didn’t take itself too seriously. So the fact that the reboot didn’t leave me shocked and genuinely concerned for the characters didn’t really faze me. It was just fun to watch, and like good old fashioned horror was making it’s comeback, finally.
      I thought the makeup was decent. It’s great to see a return from CGI to actual prosthetic craftsmanship (a career i once aspired to as a kid)
      I truly have no complaints about the look of the deadites.
      Let’s face it, unrealistic things happen in horror movies, if they didn’t the genre would cease to exist. Why do we have to fixate so intensely on her face being burnt to the proper degree at the end of the film. I see it as a typical forgivable inconsistency that’s typical of the horror genre. Who knows maybe it will be explained in a sequel. I’ve always found these types of imperfect inconsistencies to be quirky. Maybe the purification of the sort the character underwent had supernatural physical healing properties as well as the obvious spiritual ones. I don’t know, but everything in movies is always as explainable as the writers imagination allows.
      Fede Alvarez was never going to be Sam Raimi, and never should have tried to be, which I’m thankful he didn’t. All of the editing and camera work that was so signature of Sam Raimi’s original had no place in this reboot. If they belonged in the reboot Sam Raimi would have been the man to direct it from the get go. Since he wasn’t I never expected any of that from Fede Alvarez’s reimagining.
      The original trilogy is held near and dear to my heart as some of my all time favorite movies, but this reboot/sequel was and is very worthy of it’s place among them as part of that franchise, and I can’t discount it as something less than because it was a really fun horror movie that was a welcome addition to the franchise I’ve been missing for too many years. I really enjoyed seeing it finally return to relevance, and it did so with proper degree of reverence for the widely acclaimed and beloved original trilogy while maintaining the creative integrity of it’s new director. A bit of a tightrope was walked in making this movie and I think they succeeded, but everyone has their own opinion.

      • Scorpionsy

        @crimghost – I am glad that you enjoyed the remake…I enjoyed it too.

        But if you noticed from my review/comparison was that this remake was made with the intention to be pure horror and without funny (at least not intentional) parts just like the original movie was pure horror (with unintentional campy funny parts but never intentional). I don’t know when you watched the original movie the first time…but watching it alone…without a group of friends and in a dark room..is WAY more frightening than with friends who may be laughing at silly parts or laughing out of fear. That is the strength of the original Evil Dead and its staying power after all these decades. I am not scared that much of most horror movies as an adult but when I was a kid…this movie Terrified me really…because I watched it the first time alone on a beat-up VHS tape in the dark and the mood and atmosphere and music and sound effects and monsters in the original really mesh well together.

        Bringing in Evil Dead 2 into the argument is not right because they INTENTIONALLY this time put dark comedy into the movie…it was not a pure horror movie anymore…and well Army of Darkness is just out of the question because it is not a horror movie period.

        Forgiving movie mistakes is fine with me, but when the producers and director claim this is a high budget horror movie that is serious in tone and is REALISTIC…then they just show someones face and body that was messed up with burns and cut all over (and had a split tongue) and then all of a sudden ALL of that damage is magically gone…that is NOT REALISTIC. That is a major problem with that scene for me and others from the feedback we have been getting on this page.

        I hope they do make a sequel with proper Deadite makeup and a scary (no dark humor) story. It was a good first attempt by Fede though. We just need to bring back the FEAR FACTOR with the gore…that is all I ask. :)

        • crimghost

          It seems like you’re trying to compare how afraid you were when you were younger to how afraid you are now, as an adult. That kind of benchmark is most likely impossible to meet for a lifelong horror movie fan. You can’t go back and watch the remake when you were younger, unfortunately. (Come to think of it that might be a really cool experience if it were possible)
          Though you can’t go back in time. I think possibly part of the reason our opinions differ is that I watched the remake with my son who was brought up watching horror (and the making of horror movies, so he’s always known that they’re fake and nobody was really hurt. DVD special features are an awesome thing.)
          The kid loved the movie. Yes, he’s seen the original. Maybe watching a kid/young man (he’s 13) enjoy the remake brings a sense of nostalgia that others miss out on, I don’t know.
          I will say he did point out how not enough souls were taken for the beast to rise while we watched it in the theater. I was proud of him. Inconsistencies are a staple of the genre. They’re both a blessing and a curse at the same time.
          I think the part of us that watches horror movies is the kid in us, definitely. I’m not trying to say I know something about you that I obviously don’t. I’m just trying to suggest the possibility based upon my own experiences and explain the love and nostalgia I have for this genre.
          So, I must wonder, if you were to watch the movie with a young person with exceptional intestinal fortitude, would it be more fun for you? (rhetorical question of course)
          All of the movies are great and I do hope to see more in the future. At this point, personally, I wouldn’t change a thing.
          Though I regretfully forgot to say it before, I respect your opinion as well. Your review was a good read and I appreciate you posting it in the first place even though I don’t agree 100%.

          • Scorpionsy

            @crimghost – Thanks for your feeback about my review, I appreciate it and am glad you enjoyed it.

            I don’t expect everyone to 100% agree with me for sure because we all have a different perspective on this remake, the original and other movies in general. I respect other people’s points of view too but that does not mean that I agree…that is the cool thing about discussing different points of view anyway.

            As for viewing movies with my inner kid…I don’t think that was it in this case, because the original scared me even into adulthood. But I was like your kid, my dad showed me when I was younger (maybe 6-7) the Hammer Horror movies like Dracula etc…and I had toys of Frankenstein and he helped show me that they were just fake and not real, rubber etc…and I just grew from there into a big horror fan too…like your kid.

            But like you said, your kid was watching it with you…more than one person watching the original movie in the dark kind of takes away the claustrophobic feeling of the movie. That is the magic dust that makes the eeriness and creepiness feeling of the original work so well …with that constant sort of hollow-wind blowing sound (you know what I mean) in the original movie.

            This remake did not have that claustrophobic feeling in it in addition to the other things that made no sense like the vanishing physical damage done to a character.

            Your son pointed out a valid point, but I kid of explained it in another page’s comments section.

            Spoiler Alert for everyone who didn’t watch the movie yet………………………………There were five souls that were killed for the abomination to rise. The key here is they do not need to be possessed…because they can be possessed after death (if need be…like in Eric’s case). But five people need to die once the book is read from for the Abomination (the Devil incarnate in flesh form it is indicated in the book) to rise from Hell. It does not matter how these people die…what matters is they die and their souls belong to him. All he needs is one or more deadites to finish the job for him.

            Olivia, Natalie, David, Eric..and even Mia died (she technically died before being revived)…so that is five people…and the Abomination is ready to rise. Yes, it is a weak explanation or excuse…but that is what the script was going for. That is why …the next movie script should be written by someone other than Fede / Diablo Cody…it was pretty weak.

          • Scorpionsy

            @crimghost – I forgot to answer your question about how I would feel watching the remake (or any movie) with a kid and make it more fun for Nostalgic reasons. I would say…it probably would yes. I love watching people’s reactions when they watch a movie..especially if they enjoy it. I watched this remake believe it or not 6 times (3 invites to screenings before the release, and 3 with groups of friends…just to watch their reactions). I now know it inside out…and it was a fun movie every time I watched it with people. That still does not take away the major flaws I found with it that I explained in my review and in other comments here and on other Evil Dead pages on BD. :)

    • narfellus

      I caught this film last night. It has some definitely good parts, but the 30 year old original is still FAR superior in nearly every way. The backstory here, while a good idea, drags down the momentum, and the movie doesn’t really have that many surprises. And as others have said, i preferred the Deadite makeup in the original to the Linda Blair clone in this film. They had a huge opportunity to do something new, innovative and unexpected in this film, and that was squandered.

      SPOILER:

      There is an odd scene at the beginning that has a Deadite burned to death in the cellar while a bunch of people watch. Nothing ever comes of this scene really, and we’re left wondering who the hell all those people were and why were they in the basement?

      The movie is NOT scary. Sure, you will jump scare sometimes, and the gore is intense (but really, i though Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive was far gorier)but it’s just not scary.

      For what it’s worth, Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell was a far better film and more of an unofficial Evil Dead in my opinion.

      • Scorpionsy

        @narfellus – Thanks for your feedback. It’s great that I am noticing many people now agreeing with my opinion of how the original Evil Dead movie is more superior and a better movie than this remake overall and that the Deadite makeup in the remake is very weak compared to the original movie…and last but most importantly that his movie was NOT SCARY at all…just gory. It was a fun movie ultimately but it failed on many levels when it should have been better than the original…especially that it was made 32 years later…with a much bigger budget…and for an audience that is not easy to scare these days with being desensitized with all the violence going around these days. That movie failed in that aspect…there was no real fear / claustrophobic atmosphere in the remake. The movie was a fun ride but had those Deadites looked really scary and behaved with a more freaky personality…this could have helped the movie tremendously.

        Let’s see what they cut out of the movie when it hits Bluray…but according to Fede Alvarez it was just a scene with David, the post-credits scene that was cut, and some frames cut from the tongue-split scene and the tree-rape scenes. We shall see.

  • Kroork

    Evil dead month isn’t as fun when you can’t read the articles…….. More people have NOT seen it then have. Shouldnt somthing like this ( any articles or official reviews containing spoilers ) be posted after the release date. Maybe it’s just me

  • Kroork

    Just cause I wanna read them but don’t wanna read spoilers, so I am having to bookmark just so I can read them in a few weeks

    • Scorpionsy

      I totally understand where your are coming from with regards to that…and I try to to include spoilers (I put them in white for people to highlight them IF they didn’t mind reading some spoilerish stuff). But let us know what you think your opinion is after you watch the movie and if you agree with any of my points or not then.

      • Scorpionsy

        Sorry…I meant “I try NOT to include spoilers…”.

  • wehoaks

    Uch, as soon as I read TRUE horror genre I stopped. Anyone that uses the term TRUE FAN, TRUE HORROR etc is an asshat who thinks their opinion is fact.

    • Scorpionsy

      Really??? It is called an “opinion” not a “fact”. Guess what?…I do consider my self a true fan of true horror. A True horror fan, in my opinion (again), is when someone is truly terrified by the content (or parts of it) they see when they watch a horror movie…because the horror is extreme or shocking. That could be in-your-face horror (violence), psychological horror (what you cannot see) etc. There are different types…but True horror means what scares you.

      Fee free to express your “opinon” without jumping to conclusions about other people’s “opnions” without thinking for a “fact” that they are asshats! :)

      • djblack1313

        Scorpionsy, pay no attention to wehoaks. he has tons of sand in his vagina. plus he’s heartbroken i brushed off his advances/flirting with me. LOL. :)

  • djblack1313

    2 deadites speak. just sayin’. also we’re all 20 plus years older from when the original came out, of course we’re not going to get “scared” by things (regarding the looks of the deadites). but i respect your opinion, scorpionsy.

    and regarding this editor’s note….

    ” ***2nd Editor’s note: A common practice in movie marketing. Trailers are usually cut long before the film is completed. And there’s a lot in the film that isn’t in the trailer – which is a nice surprise.”

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!! please do not excuse trailers that are using false advertising to promote their films. if anything you should be just as pissed as many MANY of us are (not just with ED but with tons of movies….PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3…PIRANHA 3D….BLACK CHRISTMAS….etc..etc..etc).

    the fact there’s no “…Time to go to sleep” lullaby nor the “CUT IT!!” parts in this according to friends who have seen it (one of them just last night) nor David’s chainsaw scene already knocks this movie down a peg or 2 for me. i’m still excited for it but it loses points for false advertising.

    • wehoaks

      How are you 40?

      • djblack1313

        if you’re hitting on me, i’m flattered but i don’t go for tweens (your age).

        • wehoaks

          Awww cute. But like seriously, how are you 40? I mean, your response to my initial question is very much the reason I ask. “if you’re hitting on me, i’m flattered but i don’t go for tweens (your age).” – That’s what you come up with? Plus, this gem: “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!!! please do not excuse trailers that are using false advertising to promote their films. if anything you should be just as pissed as many MANY of us are (not just with ED but with tons of movies….PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3…PIRANHA 3D….BLACK CHRISTMAS….etc..etc..etc). ” – Chill out man. Be 40.

    • EvanDickson

      @djblack1313 counterpoint – do you think the movie should have to make artistic decisions based on the trailers? Like if they were planning on including it – the trailer house puts it in the trailer. Then they decide they want to make a change, but can’t because it’s already in the trailer?

      That doesn’t seem fair to the filmmaker. And most movies do this – not just this one.

      • djblack1313

        Evan, don’t get me wrong, as i said, i’m still excited to see this and i’m sure i’ll love it but what you’re saying “they were planning on…” and your “most movies do this-not just this one” is really disconcerting. you know i respect you but i’m surprised you aren’t more on the audience’s side and less on the filmmakers (not just ED). you go to movies. you MUST know how frustrating it is to be enticed by a trailer/tv spot (some scenes you WANT to see!!!!!) only to have them not in the movie.

        this is a no brainer. you know EXACTLY what i’m talking about. it’s brought up all the time on this site.

        and apparently wehoaks thinks false advertising in trailers is fine and that anyone who IS annoyed at it is someone who’s “under 40″. LOL. wehoaks again, i’m flattered but not interested. by a tween. :)

        • wehoaks

          Awwwww it’s still being cute. I am asking how you are 40 when you’re such a fucking baby. Dumbass.

          • djblack1313

            wehoaks, you REALLY are wanting a date aren’t you? LOL. again, you’re not my type. but thanx jr. :)

        • EvanDickson

          @djblack1313 I am on both sides here. Of course it’s disappointing for the audience – I’m just talking about the reality of the situation. In the long run, don’t you as the audience want the best version of the movie possible? Yeah it’s a bummer sometimes when something isn’t in there, but I usually only really mind if the movie ends up being bad – which isn’t the case here IMO.

          My thing is I don’t think it starts out as false advertising in most cases. And here – it’s honestly a pretty minor example. I didn’t even notice when I was watching the movie.

          It’s not like a PA movie where half the trailer is shit that’s not in the movie.

          • djblack1313

            Evan, i understand what you’re saying. :)

            and i didn’t mean to say/imply that ED was doing what the scam film PA3 did! :)

    • Scorpionsy

      djblack1313, thanks for your feedback, but I really don’t want to spoil any details…I am talking about the people in the cabin when I said speaking…not anything else.

      As for being scared like the original. Kids were not the only ones terrified by the movie when it came out adults did too. The looks of the Deadites is integral….the original movie had scarier looking monsters than the ’70′s Exorcist’s Regan…an upgrade to scarier looks…now we downgrade back to Regan’s lost-twin looks and we are supposed to be scared? No! If this is Evil Dead..and the original terrified adult viewers when it came out…I expect nothing less that to have this remake terrify me (even a bit) and other adults when they watch it. I did not get that. That is what upset me. I will leave final judgment to you when you see the movie itself..even with all the Deadites. Then come back and share your feedback about that specific element/aspect of the movie. I would like to hear it then.

      I agree with your comment (as I said in my review) with the teasing with scenes from the trailer…but you should have put Spoiler on that. It is very frustrating for key stuff to be teased yet with like that. I feel it was just fan servicing…but why even edit dialogue!??? That part boggles my mind!

      • djblack1313

        Scorpionsy, sorry for the slight derailing of this article (with my stalker fan wehoaks! LOL) but i DO respect your opinion and as i’ve said, i’m sure i’ll love this movie.

        and the reason i didn’t put spoiler tags regarding scenes in the trailer not in the movie is because people SHOULD know in advance that they aren’t in the movie. i’m not saying this is you but i can’t believe anyone would give a pass to ANY movie (not just ED) that does this. Evan’s “most movies do this” (again, Evan i do respect you!) is really frustrating. IT’S NOT OK to do that. LOL.

        • EvanDickson

          @djblack1313 – again, why should a movie be forced to keep a scene they decided they want to cut because it got put in a trailer 4 months before they locked picture?

          • wehoaks

            Evan, studios should go door to door informing people what from the trailer is not in the movie. They owe us that. WE MUST DEMAND THIS INFO. Otherwise the movie is RUINED.

            Oh wait, who fucking cares.

          • Scorpionsy

            Evan…I tend to agree with djblack1313 on the “time to go to sleep” scene…as it looks terrifying in the trailer (also shown in the Animated GIF in the review above). That is like a slap to Original Evil Dead fans…and others hoping to see it in the movie (the dialogue change also completely changes the intensity of the scene). I am not upset about the other David scene because we don’t even know what was happening in that scene (I know and you do…but most others do not) so that’s OK…but the other scene could have had a huge impact on the direction of that section of the movie.

          • WalkWithMeInDarkness

            I have to agree with what you said above about the remake not being the exact same and it shouldn’t be. I don’t want a remake to be exactly the same as the original or it’s just a pointless waste of time and money. But i also don’t want it to be completely different like PROM NIGHT where they take the title and setting and change everything else. For me, a good horror remake has to meet in the middle. Give me stuff i recognize and appreciate as well as new, unexpected things.

          • Scorpionsy

            @EvanDickson – Another thought on what you said “again, why should a movie be forced to keep a scene they decided they want to cut because it got put in a trailer 4 months before they locked picture?”….But that scene was still in almost all the newer trailers including the newer TV Spots just released recently…so it has nothing to do then with a trailer being completed before they locked final cut…this is done way after…so it is intentional and thus I still think misleading.

        • wehoaks

          The funny thing is you ACTUALLY DO hit on tweens, you old creep.

          • djblack1313

            poor scorned tween wehoaks! LOL. i love it. :)

      • Kenzo

        Its too bad those scenes aren’t in the film. It really is false advertising. It’s like I keep saying though maybe well see them in the DVD. But I’m still pissed I won’t see them in the theater.

    • Matt

      As far as the whole false advertising thing goes, I agree that it sucks. But most trailers aren’t made by the actual filmmaker themselves. They hire out companies to make them and send footage out long before the film is cut all the way. This is usually the reason for this happening.

  • ghostface06

    i had a wee peak at the evil dead script just a peak i never read it all, i never read the ending or anything. all i know is that when nat gets possessed she punches nails in her head using a hail gun, the scene from evil dead 2 where the demon says ill swallow your soul and ash says swallow this is in it but its mia saying swallow this and also when nat cuts her arm off blood gets into the plug and causes a power cut

    • Scorpionsy

      Well..SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS…….this time it’s not “I’ll Swallow your soul!….it’s “I will FEAST on your soul”…..response: “Feast on THIS!”. Also, the power cut shows from outside the cabin (the lights all go off)…but they do not show any blood getting into the plug (but that would have been an awesome thing to have included in the scene…I don’t understand why they cut out this cool stuff from the script or shoot it and edit it out…it really is a weird decision.)
      Nat gets the nails (just you don’t see her self-inflicting it…which is another bad decision for not showing it…This is Evil frickin’ Dead…were is all the nastier could-have been scenes? Is this how they were able to cut the NC-17 to R? We may never know until the DVD/Bluray comes out. :(

      • USUCK

        There were many scenes where I actually noticed that stuff was removed b/c it wasnt flowing as you would have thought with the scene, if that makes sense.

        • Scorpionsy

          I hear you…some scenes felt out of a continuity flow for sure.

  • Scorpionsy

    @EvanDickson: You said this “**Editor’s note: From my viewing of the film, all the damage incurred upon the skin appeared permanent. IE – if someone becomes a deadite and burns their skin, when they go back to normal they don’t look like a deadite but the burns do indeed remain.”……SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS………………AGAIN SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS……………………Evan, I disagree as I focused on that in my second screening viewing (that is the benefits of watching a movie a second time to look for things you might not have recognized or missed)…and I am right…the scene with the burn on Mia’s face is gone COMPLETELY (and she had some nasty burned off skin on half her face) in the scene after the shock-therapy (you know what scene I mean)and we have a closeup on her face in that scene too.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      Sorry the movie didn’t turn out to be what you wanted. We talked awhile back about wanting to be genuinely scared by a horror film again and i know you wanted this to be the one.

      • Scorpionsy

        Yes, I remember. Thanks man. When you get to watch it, I hope you enjoy it for what it is and provides more than I did.

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          I hope so, too. Just out of curiosity, what do you think of “The Conjuring” trailer? The movie’s had a lot of buzz about it being really good and actually scary.

          • Scorpionsy

            The Conjuring trailer looks good. I am interested in watching the movie and I do hope it is really good and especially scary. I normally go into movies with lowered expectations and keep my guard up…but it was hard to do with Evil Dead…I had been waiting so long for this…so I understandably had higher expectations…unfortunately I got kind of let down with certain aspects of the movie…forget the makeup even…just being scared or on edge of my seat (except maybe on edge of my seat sort of for the final scene) did not happen for me with this movie.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I’ll start off my comment by admitting that I am not the biggest Evil Dead fan, I like the films, I own them, but not favorite series…From what I have seen of the trailer and stills, the make-up does look scarier (I use the word “scarier” loosely as make-up effects in general don’t scare me very much anymore) in the remake. The comparison the reviewer in this article made to the similarities to Linda Blair’s “Regan”, is actually a compliment in my book, in fact, there is a documentary on the Exorcist DVD in which they show us the many alternate make-up effects, and the more realistic look they went for looks far more convincing and creepy in the realm of believability for the story they created. The outrageous alternate looks were comedic and cartoonish.

    When I first saw the original ED as a kid I actually found the deadites comedic, both in the make-up and the way they giggled and acted. Now as an adult I can appreciate the difference in tone and I don’t fault it for its budgetary constraints in regards to the make-up. Being that the remake decided to go for a more serious tone, I think the more realistic/self mutilated look was the right choice. In the end it all comes down to taste. I can’t wait to watch it.

    • Scorpionsy

      I respect your point of view. But as I said in another comment answer above…does the been-there-done-that makeup style of the possessed-Regan from “The Exorcist” look as scary these days as it did back when it came out? When you watch that movie…do you get scared by looking at the character in action? For me personally..the answer is no..it is considered timid by today’s makeup standards. So when another movie comes out a few years later ,like the original Evil Dead, and has WAY more grotesque LOOKING, SOUNDING and VIOLENT monsters it overshadows that makeup (for me at least) AND they still look (to me at least) scary when you watch the movie. By VIOLENT…I mean in comparison..the most Possessed-Regan does is vomit green pea-soup and shove a Crucifix in it’s crotch…taunts the humans…and floats…Evil Dead’s Deadites Vomit white stuff, blood, green stuff…and have frickin’ insects in there decomposing bodies…don’t mind chewing on their own damaged limbs (still wobble around when dismembered)…taunt the humans…physically harm the humans…and can float too. They also sound way scarier when they talk. Do you get the image comparison here? So, why go back to a Regan-style makeup (I don’t care if it is realistic or not…this is Evil Dead…the entire thing is Supernatural and should not be realistic just over-the-top scary and gory). And do you think a real demon possessed person would look like Regan? No they don’t they look pretty normal…mostly..so there you go with the “Realistic look”…if they wanted to match reality you would get even SIMPLER makeup done to resemble that. Also, I would like to mention without any spoilers..that the Deadites in the original Evil Dead did not need to use Foul words to taunt and scare you…unlike the remake where a Deadite would AGAIN imitate possessed-Regan/Exorcist-style and use F-Bombs and other foul language…so it is clear that they took a cue from “The Exorcist” for these new Deadites. Anyway, I hope you like the remake…I am not trying to rain on anybody’s excitement for the movie. I just ask those who watch it to honestly (not because the movie is hyped by others) come back here and leave their post-viewing thoughts on what they liked/diskliked about the movie…and if they were genuinely scared by the movie…which is what the movie is aiming to do by the GIANT claim in their official poster.

    • DeadInHell

      I don’t respect your point of view (or your awful hair, or anything you’ve ever posted on this site).

      I have nothing else to add really, as you said, it comes down to taste. I just don’t care for the legions of tween idiots on this site who haven’t the slightest clue as to the horror genre and were raised on god awful 2000s bullshit. I especially don’t care for them when they praise empty, reiterative garbage and then piss and moan about the classics.

      Also, get stuffed, you hipster trashbag.

      • WalkingDeadGuy

        Lol. Calm down dude, you’re going to give yourself a heart attack. You don’t have to like my opinion, doesn’t bother me…I do actually like the original, it’s just not my favorite classic series.

        Oh and I am not a tween, I’m 27, and I do love the classics and I agree that most remakes fail in comparison to the original. Sorry that you don’t think people should have their own opinions. Very weird.

      • djblack1313

        WOW! DeadInHell, overreact much? what a douche you are.

  • ChelseaGoneAwry

    Do you think that maybe the reason you weren’t scared by it is that you’ve probably seen the original so many times that there’s really not much a remake could do that would surprise you? Not an accusation, just a thought!
    Also, I really appreciate the subtle differences in the remake. If I wanted to see a Deadite that looks exactly like the original, I’d just watch the original. The beauty of a remake is that a new filmmaker gets to play around with a classic and make it their own. I personally hold Evil Dead very close to my heart, but I also know that there is zero point in watching a remake that is exactly like its predecessor. It would be a waste of time and money.
    Over all, though, great review. I appreciate the fact that you mentioned small details most people wouldn’t notice. I have mad respect for anyone who loves Evil Dead as much as I do!

    • Scorpionsy

      @ChelseaGoneAwry – Thank you for the compliment and feedback on my review. I just want to clarify to you and to everyone else reading the review that I do NOT want an exact remake of the original (This movie is not…and that is great)…Nor did I want the EXACT looking Deadites as the original… I wanted SCARIER looking Deadites than the original…and these new Deadites did NOT look, sound or move (to me) SCARIER than the original Deadites (I think the white/red eyes of the original still are more terrifying than an obvious rehash of commonly used monster-contact lenses (used for werewolves, Twilight-vampires, Sith-Lords etc)..if the new Deadites had white/red eyes and moved in the same freaky manner as the original…even if they had the current new Deadite look, it would have definitely UPPED the SCARE FACTOR of them. But they..and specifically the Cellar Deadite looks almost like Possessed-Regan from “The Exorcist”…which I personally do not find terrifying to look at one bit…and her foul speech style (just like Regan) was not scary…more comedic in my opinion. That said, again this IS Evil Dead after all…and not a bad first try by Fede Alvarez. I want the sequel to be TRULY horrific and terrifying as this was not. If you like Saw and Hostel type gore…this is right up your alley though…it felt more like torture-porn in some scenes than claustrophobic/psychological horror that the original had in several scenes (like Ash had when he put his had through the mirror…the bulbs filling with blood…sounds creaking everywhere around him…the psychological taunting of the original is lacking in this movie…and still the gore in some scenes of the original are GORIER than this movie (believe it or not) like Full body dismemberment for instance.
      I also appreciate all the Evil Dead fans out there too…they are my comrades! :)

  • ghostface06

    Does the movie have a fairly straight forward ending or is their a bit of a twist in it and does the movie have a after credits scene or something?

    • Scorpionsy

      Ok…I will answer the first part…but not the second part to be fair to others….but first SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS……………………………………………….The movie does have a straight ending (originally that was not the case…and again I will speak about that in a later artcle AFTER the movie comes out).

      • USUCK

        I didnt love the ending, did you? I felt like the movie was strong up until the ending and then it sort of tanked for me? Is the original ending online somewhere so I can read it? And also, I was so pissed b/c they kicked us out the theatre so we couldnt watch the after credits sequence.

        • Scorpionsy

          No..I would have enjoyed a more cliff-hanger ending personally for sure…just like the original movie had a cliff-hanger ending. But maybe they were unsure the movie would/could be as successful as they had hoped after it gets released so maybe wanted a closure of some sort.

          That sucks that they didn’t let you guys watch the entire end-credits. I am not going to spoil it for you or anyone…lets wait till the movie is out then we can enjoy discussing spoilers and Easter-eggs.

  • DeadInHell

    Anyone who prefers the remake to the original shouldn’t be writing for a horror site.

    Evan…maybe you should be doing something else. Writing for a Disney blog or something.

    Scorpionsy, thanks for actually being a voice for the fans, instead of being a shill for the studios. I’m so tired of the sycophantic praise this movie is getting. Especially thanks for pointing out the false advertising in the trailer and promo shots. Some of the only redeeming qualities of this film DON’T EVEN EXIST in the final product. How insulting that they knew enough to show us this stuff to get our attention, but then cut it out of the film as if to say “hey, now that we have your money, fuck you :]”.

    Also, I think it’s hilarious that the filmmakers intended to make this more “realistic”. First of all, it’s a movie about DEMONIC POSSESSION. There is no “realistic” way to portray this, because it is PURE FUCKING FANTASY. The idiots responsible for this remake don’t just fail to understand horror, they fail to understand reality.

    • ghostface06

      Your quite rude aren’t you? Seriously dude just respect people decisions, i mean he’s not forcing to love the remake now is he? So just get off his back. At the end of the day it’s up to him to decide what he prefers and there’s no need to be so horrible to him!

      • ghostface06

        Oh and dude you said the idiots responsible for this remake don’t just fail to understand horror, they fail to understand reality well those people your talking about are Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi cos they are actually involved in the remake so yeh awkward…

        • djblack1313

          yeah, it’s pretty clear DeadInHell & wehoaks are battling it out for the “Biggest Douche in the Universe” award! LOL.

          • ghostface06

            That’s for sure haha

          • WalkingDeadGuy

            Careful guys, he might get mad and insult your hair like he did with me. Lol. What a strange guy.

  • dirtyghettok

    Uhhhh, just,,, to anyone who writes an article to anything that goes public. Criticism is generally going to happen with anything you write. So take comments with a grain of salt. Or as one of my favorite Buddhist sayings, “Anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

    • Scorpionsy

      I agree. I personally have no problem with people disagreeing or agreeing…as that is their opinion which they are entitled to. I just want to know if people would agree or disagree with my opinions and review/comparison and why?

  • Nothing333

    The comment section is drama central! Almost takes away all the attention from the article.

    • Scorpionsy

      I agree..can we please keep focus on the topic and stop insulting other people for disagreeing?

      • ChelseaGoneAwry

        Can I second that?

  • USUCK

    I went to an early campus showing last week. I’m a big ED fan but tried to go in open minded. If you go in open minded, you will enjoy it more. I will say the make up didnt bother me as much as this reviewer but the speed of the deadites was irritating. And there were certain things with David at the end that I felt were just thrown in to make it convenient but not realistic. And the ending, w/o giving it away, but I have questions about a certain aspect that really didnt make sense to me so I will be curious to read spoiler reviews to clarify.

    • Scorpionsy

      That’s fine that you were not as annoyed with the new makeup as I was…but you understand then what I meant at least by the movement of the Deadites. Man that was another annoying thing really for me too.

      • USUCK

        I get what you mean about the make up though. I guess I wasnt as thrown off b/c of how much I had seen in the trailers but the speed really threw me off. I enjoyed the film for what it was but there were issues of course. I also wasnt a fan of the deadites not having individual personas and it seemed like only one demond was involved which I thought was weird. I wish they had, w/o going campy, given them different personas instead of just expressionless zombies.

        • Scorpionsy

          I agree with you 100% about the Deadites NOT having personalities…that was something that must have annoyed me too along with the makeup and movement of the Deadites…it’s a combo of all 3 things really (but thanks for bringing that 3rd vital element up). Yes, these new ones felt like puppets..no character whatsoever for sure.

          • Scorpionsy

            Well, no personalities…except for the Cellar Deadite (who we see in prominently in the trailers anyway).

          • Scorpionsy

            Oh, and with regards to one Deadite controlling them….read along (my opinion on that)…SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS ……..Yes, it seems that only ONE demon is controlling them all…and that one is SATAN (in the book you can read in the top-corner etched the word…”SHAITAN” (which is arabic or ancient for SATAN (the Devil)…and this is supposedly based on ancient Sumerian scripts i guess if they are stick with the origins of the book…but new design)….and also on of the pages says “He Is Watching”…and the Abomination is basically an embodiment of Satan. So, I think one Demon posesses/controls the victims to bring on the flesh embodiment of Satan (i.e. the Abomination)…that’s just my analysis. Would you agree?

  • chambertlo

    The original “Evil Dead” is a joke of a film, and so many people are blinded by their shit smeared rose-colored glasses that they can’t see how poorly made of a movie it was. I am looking forward to this new version (since it is not a “remake”) nad comparing the 1980′s film with a film released in 2013 is moronic and asinine.

  • Scorpionsy

    How DARE you insult the original Evil Dead and call it a “joke of a film”!!!??? ….LOL…man whatever floats your boat. Check back when you see the new one and let us know what you thought about it…and by the way the new one IS a “Remake”…how do we know?? ….The PRODUCERS called it a “Remake”. But try to respect other people and fans opinions before stooping into insulting and getting judgMENTAL. :)

  • leandra

    ok the way the Deadites move are thy fast are slow ????

    • Scorpionsy

      The new Deadites are blazing fast…they run!

      Just kidding! No, they are really really slow. :)

    • USUCK

      Without the personas, it feels like its just one demon taking them over.

      • Scorpionsy

        Yeah, read my reply regarding this to your other comment above with the SPOILERS. :)

  • messy677ly

    here is the link for the 2013 Evil Dead: http://www.scribd.com/doc/118978101/Evil-Dead

    • Scorpionsy

      Yeah, that’s the link for the Evil Dead Remake script, but you have to be a paying member of scribd.com to be able to download it…I tried.

      Also, anyone know which revision of the script is this one? is it an earlier draft (how early) or is it the final shooting script?

    • USUCK

      Thank you, im dying to read the original and compare notes on what came through in film. I do think a sequel to this could be interesting and really could go the same route as the original ED 2.

  • messy677ly

    well, you need to be a memeber to download it but you can ”copy” ”paste” it on microsoft word or just read it right there on scribd cause i’m not a memeber of scribd and just read it right there cause i don’t like payable accounts like in Netflix.

    • messy677ly

      and is an early script because that girl you see on the trailer
      that spits branches or something were Mia is being attacked by trees is in this script a coyote.

      • Scorpionsy

        Cool. That’s interesting to know. Now I want to read it to compare also the differences/changes they made to the final script they shot with. :)

    • Scorpionsy

      Thanks for clarifying that. I didn’t know you could read it online..but my browser would not allow me to do that. Maybe it’s a problem with the browser.

      • voodoo820

        Let me know if you’d still like a copy of the original.

        • Scorpionsy

          Yeah, that would be much appreciated. Can you email it to me?

          • voodoo820

            sure I can, just let me know where.

          • Scorpionsy

            @voodoo820 – Thanks, man. I PM’d you my email address to send it to.

            Thanks again :)

          • Scorpionsy

            @voodoo820 – Thanks so much for the script…sorry for the late thank you but I was busy these last few days. Thanks again, man! :)

        • Workshed86

          Can I also get a copy?

          • Scorpionsy

            @Workshed86 – If voodoo820 did not get your message…PM me your email address and I will forward you the copy I received. :)

          • Scorpionsy

            @Workshed86 – Ok, got your email and I sent you back an email with the script. :)

  • ChelseaGoneAwry

    FOR ANYONE WHO HASN’T SEEN THE GLORIOUS ORIGINAL it’s currently available on Netflix under “Cult Classics”. (:

    • Scorpionsy

      Yes, I implore anyone who has NOT seen the original 1981 The Evil Dead…to watch it first …before the remake…and come back and give us your feedback and comparison …likes/dislikes..etc. :)

  • messy677ly

    Well I just saw the movie in youtube and the new one online and I gotta say that the makeup in the original is scarier because I consider scarier blank eyed people and deadite Shelly is scary with those noises she makes when stabbed wth the voodoo knife and when she eats her arm but deadite Linda is funny when she laughs and looks like a doll you know. Now the remake is creepy and the eyes are spooky though not that scary like in the original and how their skin looks like when they are possesed and when a girl slashes her mouth and the blood rain and other things I won’t mention cause it’s spoilerish is really good and cool. I am a little irritated about the parts that were cutted for the movie to get an R rating like the we’re gonna get you song and other parts that looked cool in the trailer and convinced me to go see the movie. BUT ONE THING I’M ASKING TO YOU: WHY THE ORIGINAL WAS ALLOWED TO GET AN NC-17 RATING WITHOUT GETTING SOME PARTS CUTTED TO BE LAUNCHED ON THEATERS? PLEASE ANSWER AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MY OPINIONS ABOUT THE ORIGINAL AND REMAKE FIRST :)

    • Scorpionsy

      So you agree with my points in my review/comparison about how the original Deadites makeup and blank white eyes / voices were MUCH SCARIER in the original Evil Dead than in this remake. I am glad you noticed that too. :)

      Film Studio’s do not like to have NC-17 ratings (it is today’s equivalent almost of X-Ratings back in the older days) because that means that they cannot get as many people to watch their movies in the cinemas which means much less profit from ticket sales. The prefer R-Rating if the movie is really violent/gory but must cut certain scenes to bring this rating (like they did with the Evil Dead remake). R-Rating is not bad but I hate it when studios make a Horror movie with the aim of getting a PG-13 rating because that usually means that the violence/horror elements are toned down drastically to start with.

    • Scorpionsy

      Yes, and cutting scenes they market in the Trailers as being part of the movie is really annoying and something I consider very deceptive for the fans and even regular viewers.

  • webbist

    I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. It’s really nice to see the amount of violence and gore in a mainstream horror film. This one really pushed the R rating. It’s funny that we live in a world where this movie is R and Kevin Smith had to fight so “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” wasn’t NC-17. It’s definitely difficult to scare audiences today. Everyone is desensitized. Ti West’s films created a great atmosphere and have come close. The only horror films that are frightening are the brutal ones set in reality such as “Eden Lake”.

    One thing stood out in your review. “The good news is that the original The Evil Dead (from 1981) is STILL the undisputed King of Horror movies and STILL the SCARIEST MOVIE EVER.” Would it have been bad news if this remake was scarier?

    • Scorpionsy

      Well I am glad you ENJOYED the remake…and as I said I enjoyed it to…it was very entertaining to me. But from what you wrote…you are right about people being desensitized these days. I presume then you enjoyed it but were not scared by it…also like me?

      Gore and violence that you say is not scary to me either…by itself…it has to be a combination of things…gore is only one element. It would have to be a mix of gore, creepiness, music, scene atmosphere, set settings, makeup…to hit that scary factor for myself. Gore and Violence alone does not make a scene scary at all…in fact it can ruin a scene or make it look like a cheap attempt to scare. It has to be a combination of the above.

      As for your last comment about my review…I want you to understand that I REALLY Did want this movie to be as Scary if not SCARIER than the original..I really d9d and that is why my hopes were shattered..I had too high of expectations with the execution of the scare/makeup factor of this remake that I was highly disappointed that it did not deliver on that front, unfortunately.

  • Workshed86

    Hello everyone,
    On my opinion about the remake vs. original, I have a few pet peeves.
    Evil Dead 2 is my favorite movie of all time. I also love Evil Dead 1 and it was incredibly terrifying the first time I saw it, but now I recognize that had I seen other movies at the same time, I’d be putting those movies on a pedestal as well. Because I saw Evil Dead first, and because of what it was (a low-budget masterpiece of B-cinema), so many people adore it to this day.

    Peeves.
    1. First of all, someone said they own Evil Dead in HD. No, you own a blu-ray of Evil Dead, but it is certainly not in HD. That would not be possible with the camera it was filmed on in the era it was filmed in. The fact of the matter is true HD copies of Evil Dead do not exist.

    2. The makeup argument. It’s silly. Yes, I also love the way the deadites look, and I wish they didn’t have pupils in the new version, but it’s not make-or-break for me. This is a possession, movie, after all. Fede clearly drew inspiration from the Exorcist in many ways in this film, and that’s fine too. It’s a modern remake that’s meant to jibe with kids these days AND old hardcore fans. The problem with the old kind of makeup is that it dehumanized the characters too much while in demon form. Indeed, completely different actors played the deadite versions of characters. I can respect that Fede and the crew wanted Mia to be recognizable as Mia, and the pupil-less approach wouldn’t make sense for the story they were going for (heroine withdrawal or demonic possession). It’s its own film, so grant it this, please.

    3. I hate when reviewers said that remakes never become their own films or find their own identity because of nods to the original. I agree when the nods are ones that would take a newcomer to the franchise out of the movie and go “What the fuck was that?” but there wasn’t anything like this in this movie. The movie stands on its own and will not be forgotten as easily as some directors say it will.

    4. People saying “the remake isn’t scary”. The only reason Evil Dead 1 was so scary was because it was probably one of the first hardcore horror films you sat through. It might have also been an expectations thing. Show that movie now to kids of the gory SAW and Human Centipede generation and they’d laugh at it, sadly. It’s the cruel truth of nostalgia. Your vision is clouded by your bias. Nothing will ever be as scary as Evil Dead 1 to you people. I’m the same as you, by the way. I also put that movie on an unfair pedestal. Here’s an interesting thought experiment: Take a person who grew up in the third world and never saw a violent movie, and make them sit through both Evil Dead movies. Make them watch the remake first. Which would be more impressive and scary to them?

    • Scorpionsy

      Hi. Glad to hear some feedback from another original Evil Dead fan. I will answer your points..”One by One..” ;)

      1. I was the one who said I own the original Evil Dead movie on Blu-Ray…and yes…I know it was shot on a 16mm film and by the way also the original audio was in Mono sound…so a single channel. But that is what technology is here to do…Enhance things. JAWS was recently re-mastered from it’s original print for its 25th anniversary…and guess what? it LOOKS better in HD than it ever did in its original format (even Spielberg acknowledged that). The same with any old movie that is given a proper HD remastering…and Evil Dead on Blu-ray is the best it has ever looked…in HD…because it was remastered to HD. Also, the Mono sound has been converted to several-channel surround sound…and guess what again? It sounds better than the Mono original audio track. What do you mean by True HD copy of Evil Dead? It was never shot in HD…only remastered in HD…and the same goes for the Evil Dead 2 Blu-Ray…which I also own and looks awesome in remastered HD too.

      2- I still disagree about the makeup aspect and eyes. They are shooting themselves in the foot when they say stuff like “grounded in reality” and stuff like that, because this is demonic possession and supernatural stuff. If you look at real photos of people who were claimed to be possessed they looked pretty normal..and just behaved like a possessed person would…they didn’t even look like Regan from the Exorcist. Would that have been scary if they went “grounded in reality” and just kept them looking normal but acting crazy? No, it wouldn’t would it? Plus again this is Evil Dead…everything should be over the top..like the gore…AND the MAKEUP. You defending Fede for ripping-off the Exorcist looks and implementing it in the remake is actually a disservice to Fede…because that means that he just go lazy with the looks (with the “grounded in reality” excuse) than to come up with some truly potentially terrifying new looks that could have been scarier and better than the original. The makeup does not make an actor…nor does it disguise their talents..only it enhances it on the contrary. So, even with scarier more grotesque makeup with good actors you will still get great characterizations behind all the makeup. Also, you say the original makeup dehumanized them too much…news flash…that was EXACTLY how they should be when possessed…more DEMON and LESS human…the more the better! (Although it should be in stages…as was done before…but the end result is complete Demonic takeover in character AND LOOKS). So again, going with an Exorcist rip-off makeup for a character is lazy and a step backwards…not forward. That does not make it its own film…only it will be remembered in that department as the movie that brought back the Exorcist-Look and didn’t innovate with its make-up effects.

      Again, I want to hear your opinion (here in this comment section) on that when you have seen ALL the DEADITES in the remake movie when you watch it…and tell me if you still agree or disagree with my point of view.

      3- Yes, this movie does have many nods to the fans of the original which do not take away from the experience of newcomers to the franchise or the remake because they will not even recognize these fan-nods throughout the movie. So, this movie can be viewed as a stand alone movie for sure for the regular viewers.

      4- No, Evil Dead was not the first hardcore movie I watched when I was a kid…I watched Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre before it…and while they are not close in terms of gore/blood…they were pretty hardcore when they came out and genuinely scary. Which kind of proves my point…you don’t need gore/violence for the scare factor to work…both the other 2 movies I mentioned now had psychological/claustrophobic/music/settings fear factors to them…that was why they worked and were scary for me (and others I am sure). Evil Dead the original version also had those elements with the ADDED gore/violence/makeup and ORIGINAL Raimi-style photography (something even Fede does not come close to in this remake).

      And by the way…I did show the original Evil Dead 1 movie to a friend before I took her to one of the 2 screenings of the Remake. Guess what? She thought the original was a better movie overall in terms of scare/shock factor (not acting wise obviously). And if you want people to fairly compare both the original and the remake…you should let them watch the original movie first (because it was done with a low budget…so it is only fair to show the low-budget version first BEFORE showing the big-budget version because the enhanced effects etc. can distract them from the core factor of the movie as a whole).

      • Workshed86

        Hey! Excellent reply, thanks!

        1. Well said, however the point still stands. It looks better remastered, true, but it’s not HD.

        2. Like I said, I prefer the old style. However, I also appreciate the director trying to do something different with the story, and I think they felt that that meant he needed to change the way the deadites looked. I think with some of the more “out there” things that happen in the finale that the whole “realism” point is pretty silly, I agree. I think they chose to make them appear recognizable as humans for reasons having to do with story and character development (though I know there isn’t much of that).

        3. Nothing to retread here, we’re generally in agreement.

        4. Regarding your friend, that may also just have to do with preconceived notions of “old” always being better than “new”.
        (TANGENT: For a prime example of this, ask any Zelda fan which game is the best. They will all say, almost invariably, Ocarina of Time. They say this despite the fact that other games in the series are objectively better in every way in terms of features, graphics, story, and content. Ocarina may have been the “first” to do things excellently in the 3D adventure game world, but it certainly wasn’t best or last.)
        I still stand by my opinion, though. I also think that part of Evil Dead’s charm and brilliance is that it was so low-budget and amateur in so many ways. You touched on acting, for one point. Effects were genius, too, and especially camera work. Every shot was creative, really, just watch it from that perspective next time. But one thing that got me in the original? How horrible Deadite Linda’s makeup is.

  • Scorpionsy

    Thanks, man.

    About the HD…it is HD because it has been remastered to 1080p Full HD…so the original is not HD…this version is ofcourse in HD…Full HD too. :)

    Yes, Linda’s makeup was minimal before she got buried…but that was what I loved about the original how they transformed in looks over 2 or more stages…each time looking more grotesque. But Linda’s makeup before the full transformation worked especially how she was just as none violent and taunting initially while singing the We’re gonna get you lullaby. LOL!

    Cheryl’s makeup when she was hovering in the air and before she was pushed in the cellar was also pretty minimalist makeup too. :)

    • sweetooth

      Evil Dead was shot on 16mm film which has approx 2000 lines of resolution. The blu-ray for Evil Dead was mastered from the 16mm negative and scaled down to 1080 lines of resolution (the current standard for “true HD” for home theater).

      If you own Evil Dead on blu-ray you own Evil Dead in HD. I am unclear on how anyone would say it is not HD. Even if you only had a 720p mkv rip of the movie you would still have it in “HD” because 720 lines of resolution is also considered HD (in fact it is the standard broadcast resolution for “HD TV”).

      • sweetooth

        By the way, the remake was rather disappointing. The technical aspects of the movie were very strong (although I agree that the design of the deadites in the original is superior even if it is more primitive) but the writing was horrid. If you’d like to read my review check it out here:

        http://www.sweetooth0.com/movies/evildead2013.html

        • Scorpionsy

          @sweetooth – Thanks for the link to your review. Pretty interesting.

          I am glad you agree with me that the original Deadite looks are superior to this remake’s Deadite looks). I just hope the producers and makeup people will listen to enough complaints and make the proper changes for a potentional sequel.

  • jamesdcawley

    Check out my Homage to the Evil Dead franchise, a short film called “The Legend of Red Creek”. Its set in the wild west days, trying to get a kickstarter campaign together to make a feature.

    Watch it here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sPOPIj6OWw

    • Scorpionsy

      Thanks for the link. We need more fans making their fan-movie takes on the Evil Dead legacy. :)

    • Scorpionsy

      @jamesdcawley – Any plans on shooting the entire scrip someday?

      This could be interesing and a nice link to Evil Dead mythology from fans.

  • VersaVulture

    I’m totally nervous to even voice my opinion about this movie after I watch it tomorrow. I own all three movies on Blu-ray and LOVE them, but honestly, I’m really digging the more realistic tone of this movie. I like everything about the original, but the modern and realistic look of the remake speaks volumes to me. I can’t wait to watch it. Plus I’m going with the whole family so that excites me too! I haven’t seen this yet as I said, but I no my personal tastes and I just think that I’ll enjoy this more.

    Hopefully die-hard fans of the original won’t hate me for being more into the remake, but that’s my opinion.

    • VersaVulture

      I meant to direct this to @scorpionsy
      I haven’t read the review. I’ll read after I watch the remake tomorrow. I look forward to reading.

      • Scorpionsy

        @VersaVulture – Hi. I look forward to your and everyone else feedback after watching the new movie. Don’t worry…haha..I don’t judge people by their opinions, I welcome it actually.

        Read my review and comparison first before you give your feedback though. Let’s see what you and others think about what I said…agree or disagree.

        I do hope you have a scarier experience than I did …and now I have seen it 3 times already…because it was fun..but not scary at all to me.

        Cheers! :)

        • VersaVulture

          Hey,

          So I got back from watching Evil Dead and I loved it. Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but I had an amazing experience.

          SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS…OBVIOUSLY

          First, I love Jane Levy in Suburgatory so I was so curious to see her do something that wasn’t a comedy and she didn’t let me down. I love her acting when she was a deadite as well as when she was normal. I enjoyed how they always changed her tone of voice and personality on multiple occasions. For example, when she got Natalie to go in the cellar and when David was burying her. She played off of their emotions and I liked that a lot.

          I also really enjoyed how the writers used the drug angle quite a bit in the beginning. From the smells in the house, to her seeing the girl in the woods, they really conveyed the fact that her friends and brother really thought it was the effects of her going cold turkey.

          I have to agree about the supporting cast. The actresses that played Natalie and Olivia were ok, but the each had an AWESOME and insanely bloody scene. While I thought the bathroom scene was intense, Natalie using the Electric craving knife was more frightening for me.

          The tagline says it’s the most terrifying experience, but I didn’t think that was true. I jumped maybe once or twice due to some cheap jump scares, but I was never scared. I was repulsed by some of the violence, but that’s how I’m supposed to feel.

          The tree rape scene was very toned down and like you said, it’ll probably be on the unrated Blu-ray.

          The final scene featured the most blood I’ve seen in a movie before and I appreciated that. The whole theater went WHOA when SPOILERS… The car fell on Mia’s arm. That was a highlight for me.

          Finally, I liked hearing the dialogue in the credits as well as the end credits scene. It totally confirmed that this isn’t the last time we’ll see movies in the Evil Dead universe.

          I’ve stayed away from articles about this movie because I hadn’t seen the movie, but do you think that this movie is in fact a sequel to the movie? I’ve been having talks with people who say it is and I wouldn’t mind that. I would love to see more of Mia because I like her character, but with the inclusion of SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
          Ash in the end credits, it would be cool for them to cross paths.

          Overall, I totally loved this movie and it’s near perfect to me. Some people will hate it and only want to see the original, some will embrace this sequel more and others will HATE this movie, but I will forever love this reboot. I could easily see it multiple times. It was a well done movie and I’m glad to see horror back on top again.

  • leandra

    I came back from evil dead show I love the blood and gore it start out good then it went down hill for me I think the make up was to clean and not scary they should have did the make more sick and more dead looking even the walking dead more sick look on the zombies then the demons in this movie . the demons are more like zombies real real slow you can get your car keys and they will still not catch up to you real sad . the demons was like the grudge mix with the exorcist with too clean makeup not even scary more like funny looking . the acting start to go down hill for me . people start to walk out of the show. after the show I was thinking at a stand still did I like it or did I hate the movie

    • Scorpionsy

      Finally! I am glad someone agrees with me on the Deadite Looks/Makeup and how that drastically impacted the movie making it NOT SCARY! Fun…but not scary.

      • leandra

        i so agree with everything you said about the new evil dead nice to see someone who no’s what there talking about. the old evil dead will all ways be # 1 in my book it was more scary and the demons was more crazy fast and fun and the make up was more scary looking it good to see some one like scorpionsy no”s hes movies. i too love horror movies like evil dead and dead alive too . i look up to you and your review’s for now on .

        • Scorpionsy

          @leandra – Thank you for the kind words and support with my opnion and review about how the original is superior to the remake, even though the remake was a fun Evil Dead movie.

          It’s good to feel part of a community of Evil Dead fans like yourself. I love Dead Alive (aka Brain Dead) too…it’s one of my favorite horror movies also.

          I always try to be fair and honest in my movie reviews or comparisons and don’t try to let my horror-genre fandom affect the final judgement of a movie I am watching.

          Cheers! :)

  • AtomikPunck

    Bad remake/reboot/restart whatever the hell you want to call it. I was sad that I watched it. Besides the ending which i have stated elsewhere BLEW the entire film for me, there was almost no sense of desperation or intensity during ANY of the sequences. That was a huge part of the original, and was terribly overlooked by this new bunghole director.

    • Scorpionsy

      @AtomikPunck – Yes, the desperation / intensity / claustrophobia was greatly missing in this movie which is part of why it was NOT scary to me. But as far as modern horror movies go, we have to give it a bit of credit for trying to stick to horror or GORE in this case…but it was a fun movie. Not Evil Dead how it should have been…but still a fun movie mainly because it KEPT the violence pace LIKE the original movie did right after the first 15 or so minutes right up to the end. That is a good thing about the remake that I liked they kept from the original.

  • Splatterhound

    @Scorpionsy:

    I agreed about the new Deadites. The originals were way more effective. BUT I got the impression that, with all of the stupid zombie crap everywhere these days, they were trying to differentiate the new Deadites by making them more understated and less zombie-like.

    Overall, I had a good time at this film. It started to drag in certain spots, but the gore was sufficient to keep me entertained. The nail gun attack was a thing of beauty. The original was about a group of uninteresting kids, with thin back stories, who I didn’t care about, going to a cabin in the woods and getting turned into demon food. The remake was about a bunch of uninteresting kids, with thin back stories, who I didn’t care about, going to a cabin in the woods and getting turned into demon food. Good times.

    Congrats on the intelligent analysis.

    • Scorpionsy

      @Splatterhound – Thank you for the kind words on my review/analysis. Glad to hear you and many others are agreeing about the looks of the Deadites being superior in the original. The original movie Deadites did not look like zombies nor even move like zombies and they had character and could speak and taunt. They were also more violent it seems than this movie because they did not use weapons most of the time to attack people like ALL the Deadites in the remake did use weapons of some sort.

      But yes, this was a fun movie in the end.

      (sorry posted this in the regular reply previously instad of a reply to your message. :))

  • ill_mindedd

    if you go see the remake, stay after the credits and watch bruce campbells cameo!! GROOVY!!

    • Scorpionsy

      @ill_mindedd – Yeah, it was a fun fan-nod at the end but it meant nothing and had no relevance to the events of the movie’s story. And it could not have had any relevence because the Book of the Dead in the remake is completely different in looks and content…and SPOILERS………it does not burn like the original. So they must be two separate dimensions or something…OR…there could there be a twist they come up with and there is MORE than ONE Book of the Dead that was made?

      That could be the excuse they use if they really do decide to tie the orignal Evil Dead storyline/characters with the remake’s storyline/characters. :)

  • Scorpionsy

    @Splatterhound – Thank you for the kind words on my review/analysis. Glad to hear you and many others are agreeing about the looks of the Deadites being superior in the original. The original movie Deadites did not look like zombies nor even move like zombies and they had character and could speak and taunt. They were also more violent it seems than this movie because they did not use weapons most of the time to attack people like ALL the Deadites in the remake did use weapons of some sort.

    But yes, this was a fun movie in the end.

  • Scorpionsy

    Hey guys…this is more like the original Evil Dead Deadite makeup right? Looks freaky! :)

    http://www.ultraimg.com/images/uIsnk.jpg

  • necromander

    thet looks more like it!!!!

  • Matt

    I have to start this off by saying that I hate the word “remake” when it comes to these movies. I feel that Gus Van Sant’s shot for shot take on Psycho is the only one that can truly claim to be a remake. Most of these movies are more “re images”. They use the source material from the originals but then craft out their own version of it. Sometimes it improves on it (The Hills Have Eyes). And sometimes it craps all over it (trying to explain the evil of Michael Myers in Halloween).

    Having said that, I enjoyed the hell out of the new Evil Dead. I find it hard at my age to get scared at a movie so I just hope for something entertaining and this delivered. I loved that they were able to keep little things to appease the fans of the original, like Mia being introduced to the audience while sitting on a rusted out Delta 88 and just the presence of the porch swing. But they also improved on some things to me. I think the actual book is far more menacing than the original. And the technology and innovations that we have today definitely change things, like the Deadite make up. The original make up always felt kind of hokey to me, and that fit the tone of the film. It worked. But I don’t think that look meshed with the feel of this one. The new one feels far darker than the original and the make up helped that.

    Like the author of the article I am a fan of both films but I think we need to see them as two separate movies and not lump them in as one.

    Also what are your theories on this being a sequel to the original? I feel as if it could go either way.