[BD Review] ‘Evil Dead’ Holds Up As A Thrillingly Gory Blast!!

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FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead was officially released last night at 10PM, so I figure now is a good a time as any to re-post my review from last month’s SXSW Film Festival. I’ve seen the film once more since then, and my impression was largely the same – I pretty much loved it. It hits some snags in the first 30 minutes and some of the character beats are thin – but once it gets going it just flies. By then end of the last exhilarating hour I was so buzzed on the carnage I didn’t care about the flaws.

From my review, “It’s even gorier than you’re expecting. I seriously don’t have a clue as to how they wrangled an “R” rating here. Blood, pus, bone fragments, limbs and brains are flung around with playful abundance and the result is both punishing and exhilarating… This film doesn’t condemn its audience, it exalts it – and as a result it’s able to achieve a sustained symphony of carnage that energizes rather than exhausts.

Directed by Fede Alvarez, the R-rated remake stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore and Jessica Lucas.

Check out the entire review here And don’t forget to write YOUR review here! You’ve been waiting for so long – tell the world what you thought!

  • turtlenipple

    Man, it was beautiful. You couldn’t be more right about the first act.. but the last 40show min are so gloriously gnarly that all the nonsense dissipated eventually.

  • turtlenipple

    Dissipated from my thoughts* fuck this phone.

  • MidnightMayhem

    This is not a predictable remake. It is a more than successful reimagining of the original and in my opinion what the original was meant to be. I have no idea how they obtained an R rating. THIS MOVIE IS SCARY. It is pure horror alone and the gore only supports it. 15 million dollars and thousands of gallons of blood fueled this movie for success. I would give it 5 stars.

  • BelaManiac

    Shit! I am beyond excited to see this tonight. I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning!

    • BabyJaneHudson

      My feelings exactly!

  • Kenzo

    I’ll go ahead and comment now. By the time I see it tonight at 5:30 or 6:00 most people will have left a review and comment already. So I just wanted to say keep them coming. I already know it will be great but it’s still cool to read them. When I actually do see it I’ll leave my comment and review even when everyone else is done. :)

    • Kenzo

      In the theater now. Oh yea!

  • yellowsicktoad

    Quick! Somebody get me a ticket from Denmark to US of A! Now damn it!

  • Michael_M

    For the sake of balance it should be noted that the film has received very mixed reviews. Twitch has two quite negative opinions.

  • lilmarkuk

    I dont know how it works in the US but here in the UK if a movie is a over the top gore fest like this movie is, specially when it involves creatures or superatural etc then they will pass the movie as a 18 or in your case R-rating

    Now if this was a movie that just contained someone going round and killing loads of people in realistic ways then it would nodoubt have to have parts cut out of it etc

    hence why this film got its R-rating with no problem

  • lilmarkuk

    oh and i thought the movie was OK, certainly not great, if your just into full on gore then its fantastic if your not so bothered about tons of gore and want more from a film then you prob will find the movie OK

    i personally wasnt excited about the gore in the movie, seen many gore movies so numb to it now and was nothing unique about the gore apart from there was tons of it

  • Mr.-Blackwell

    I know a lot of times negative reviews for a well hyped movie tends to be seen as “trolling” or such, but I’m here to say, that is not my goal here. I’ve been an avid horror movie fan for most of my life and I turn 44 this month. I’ve been keeping up on the hype involving this remake and ended up going to the very first showing last night at my local theatre. Personally, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and somewhat jaded or what, but I found myself wanting the movie to be over about halfway through viewing it. It was just, simply put, boring to me. When I was younger, reading Fangoria and hanging every horror movie poster I could get my hands on in my room, gore and grue ruled to me. Now that I’ve (hopefully) matured a little, I like a little “horror” in my horror movies. And I think that’s where I have a problem with this remake. It did absolutely nothing (at least for me) in the “scare” department. It was a barrage (and for those that get into horror movies solely for that purpose…it’s right up your alley) of gore and nothing else. It had, again in my own humble opinion, absolutely no tension, suspense or scares. As an example, remember when watching the original Evil Dead, the first time you remember the first “deadite” reading the deck of cards and that creepy vibe rattled you….well, there’s absolutely none of that in this remake. It was virtually an hour and half of practical effects with no momentum shifts and no subtle pauses for “creep” and “scare” affect.

    Is it totally without merit? No. The effects were great and it is pretty much non-stop as far as the gore goes once it starts after the first third of the movie begins, but IMHO, that’s all it has going for it. The characters are ones that you really have no investment in and the script is…well, dull. I’ve recently rewatched the original Evil Dead knowing that the remake was coming out and while I’ve never been one that thinks the original is the end all, be all of horror movies, it has it’s subtle “cult classic” earned charms. It’s, by far, creepier and inherently scarier than this remake and only loses, in comparison to its modern counterpart, in the practical effects department. That should come as no suprise considering the time and financial differences between the two.

    On IMDB, I gave the remake a 5 out of 10. If you’re an avid horro fan, it’s worth seeing. If you’re a gore hound, then it’s a must see. If you like your scares psychological and goose bump inducing, well, this might be a slight disappointment to you as it was to me.

    If you loved it…awesome. I guess I’m just getting a little too old for sheer gore to do it for me anymore like it used to when I was in my teens and early 20′s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Moheetoe Pablo Delgadillo

    Although i thought it was fun, i was a little underwhelmed. I was expecting way more and really “the most terrifying film i would experience” didn’t leave with a bad taste on my mouth, i just wanted something more. The beginning of the movie is very frustrating with the cheap attempt of justifying actions that will later take place with he dialogue “OH YEAH I ABANDONED YOU TO GO TO WORK TO THAT CAR SHOP IN CHICAGO..”or whatever…overall it was a good movie..and kudos to Jane Levy for carrying a strong lead.

  • Kenzo

    Well, like you’ve heard the first 20 mins of the film were so, so because it leads up to the good stuff, but it’s not bad at all. However once the book is read all hell breaks the fuck loose! I was real into the movie, it never became boring and the end scene was fantastic. I really adored that scene friends. It was exactly what horror should be like. There was no unneeded nudity like most of horror today and as Bruce said, IT’S NOT TORTURE PORN!Thankfully. Jane, Shiloh and Lou were outstanding however the whole cast was great. If I can I will definitely go see it again in theaters.

  • Jack-Reaper

    Came out to see it opening night with my lady. The anticipation itself was awesome. This was like one of the old school movie-going experiences from the 70′s or 80′s. People screamed and churned in disgust, laughed when something was too gruesome, screamed at the screen, this was definitely something special. As for the movie itself, I cannot condemn it entirely, although the end was a little disappointing (except for the end AFTER the credits,can you say groovy?) But all in all it was well worth the wait. I hope to see horror films whether they be remakes or originals continue this kind of route and return to the glory days when people actually were frightened in their theatre seats.

  • TehSamuel

    I sincerely loved the movie. My kids did as well. We’re die hard Evil Dead fans in my household, as well as non-ED horror fanatics. I really have nothing I could complain about. I thought it was a worthy addition to the storyline and can’t wait to see where they go from here.

    The opening scene was excellent. The character development was handled rather quickly, in my opinion. Enough set up occurred to keep it interesting. Once the book was read, it was non-stop and I enjoyed every moment of it.

    The ending was a bit strange, but I felt like it was an fitting homage to ED2. I really felt it was handled perfectly as a next step in the series or as a standalone horror films. I firmly believe after seeing various elements of the film that this is an addition to the series and not a remake, per se. And that was when the credits BEGAN to roll.

    I think most horror fans will adore this film. We all did.

  • jarheadpena

    Going in to this movie I was extremely excited. I’ve read all of the articles on BD about it and watched all of the trailers. I went to the midnight showing last night with a couple of buddies of mine who have both seen all 3 of the originals (and I have too). While I have to say this isn’t a bad movie. For a horror movie nowadays its actually really good, but I was expecting greatness. Now its probably my fault I looked up everything about this movie before I saw it, but I felt even watching the first red band trailer for it gave waay too much away. It literally shows how EVERYONE dies/gets mutilated (minus the random girl in the beginning). Because I saw the trailer and had heard that it was going to be NC17 and they had to cut some stuff out I said holy crap this must be way crazier than the trailer made it seem. I guess I was just underwhelmed by the amount of gore and actual tension there was in this film. I never truly felt frightened because of the movie and having a tag line of “The most terrifying film you will ever experience” just didnt work for me. Maybe Im being too harsh, expected too much or saw the trailer too many times, but it just wasnt as good as I was expecting

    • EvanDickson

      “The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience” thing is a nod the the old showmanship of the posters in the past.

      • jarheadpena

        yeah i realize that but if theyre going to put that i expect the film to at least somewhat frighten me. i did see the movie again however and liked it better the second time around. i was comparing it too much to the original one and not taking it as its own entity. definitely had more fun watching a second time around

  • Nothing333

    It was good but not mind blowing. It just seemed to lack a certain tension. Still it was worth seeing.

  • eagleye25

    Saw it last night with in a crowded theatre. I really enjoyed it.

  • 905Justin

    I loved it the ash cameo was a nice touch too. I don’t understand how people walked out of this movie at SXSW. Ya it was gory but not that bad…or i’m just desensitized

  • GothicGuido

    Some people love it some people hate it. Even for the people that hated it, how could you not love that final act!? I think that was one of the best final act’s iv seen in a horror movie in years. There was actually a sense of getting out by the skin of your teeth. Overall I’m in the liked it boat, although yes you don’t care to much about the characters, the horror is the real star.I think the film is getting reviewed unfairly, people saying “no Ash” “not as funny as the original” things that are not intended for the flick becomes criticisms. Great take on Evil Dead. I was however kind of expecting “The Scariest thing ever” not mind-blowing but tons of fun.

  • jarmiez

    I saw this movie at an early ten pm midnight release type deal on thursday and I thought simply it was the bloodiest movie of all time, and not only that the build up was not boring what so ever it was interesting to see when generally you scream at the screen to leave the cabin and go home or why even be so secluded in the first place they legitimately answer both of those questions simultaneously for a reason i will not disclose to prevent spoiling anything for people who have not seen it. and then obviously when they do try they cant again i will not ruin anything but even after all that being said the beginning was awesome a great kick start to hold you off till more action and once the action hit it was non stop. great suspense build up great gore. the kind of gore that makes you twinge and cringe and sit up as far as possible in your chair. I love movies like this, not a remake like let me in was. but a re imaging of sorts. stay after the credits short but worth it haha. I love the original trilogy and i loved this movie.

  • jarmiez

    my girlfriend who is a horror movie enjoyer unlike me i am a horror fanatic i asked her to come see this movie at midnight she never saw a trailer for it only the original two days before. she had no idea what she was about to witness haha she loved it too though from now on im gonna find gory movies and take her to them without showing her any thing on it.

  • BabyJaneHudson

    Went last night. I had a lot of fun, laughed out loud and alone- a lot (with delight at the goriness). Did I think it was as good as the original? No, but I decided early on that I was going to judge this as its own entity. Would I have enjoyed going to see this as just another horror movie? Absolutely. I LOVED the no-flinch, no looking away use of gore and the practical effects. Maybe not mind blowing, but incredibly refreshing for a Hollywood film and I’d definitely watch another one.

  • willyd

    Me and three of my friends went to see Evil Dead. We all walked away completely in awe on how this movie made it past MPAA with out an NC-17 stamp. my friends had no idea wat the movie was really about so they walked away feeling like Wtf was that I just saw (in a good way). I on the other hand knew wat I was getting myself into cause I love the fuck outta horror and I had been reading everything there is know about this film. I can’t wait til the 2nd installment, I also wanna know that plot. I just hope like hell the next one is just as good if not better.

  • ThunderDragoon

    This was the BEST Evil Dead film by miles and miles! One of the best horror movies I’ve seen in theaters. Such an amazing movie. I loved how the last 20 minutes of the film you couldn’t guess what was going to happen. Incredible acting by Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez. The gore was out of this world insane and I loved every minute of it. Loved the after-credits scene, too. I cannot wait for part 2. Hopefully they can make that one just as awesome.

  • EvilHead1981

    I have to be blunt, I’m usually one of those guys who HATES reboots/remakes, and everytime one’s announced, and they announce the directors/writers/actors attached, I roll my eyes and whisper under my breath, “Oh man, let’s see how these pissants are going to ruin THIS one!!!”. And to be fair, most of the time, I’m right. A lot of reboots are just pure and utter crapola. That being said, I LOVE this movie! Probably one of the best reboots/remakes I’ve seen in the last decade or more. I read the script beforehand(well, when it was initially leaked) and had major problems with some of the dialog and character development scenes that felt forced(and IMO, like something you generally would find in mainly every modern crappy horror movie out there). I was pleasently surprised they trimmed the fat, cut all that shit out and delivered a lean, mean, gory machine! Thank you Fede! THIS is how you do a good reboot. Hey, Platinum Dunes! Look at this movie…. because this is how you do it! This is how you get it RIGHT!!!