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Evil Dead (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 107 | Rotten: 66

It may lack the absurd humor that underlined the original, but the new-look Evil Dead compensates with brutal terror, gory scares, and gleefully bloody violence.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 16

It may lack the absurd humor that underlined the original, but the new-look Evil Dead compensates with brutal terror, gory scares, and gleefully bloody violence.

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Movie Info

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues

Jul 16, 2013

$54.2M

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All Critics (173) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (107) | Rotten (66) | DVD (1)

Despite much old-school splatter, it's seldom frightening and oddly unfunny.

April 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An effectively relentless gore-fest.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Five years from now, will you want to watch this bloody $14 million extravaganza or Raimi's shoestring original, which was Amateur Hour elevated to pop art? Evil Dead just bleeds money.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A stylish and worthy homage: inventive even as it is derivative, never quite jokey but never taking itself too seriously, and clocking in at an entirely appropriate 91 minutes. Any longer would be unmerciful; any shorter, ungenerous.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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Though it never channels the raw DIY energy of the original Evil Dead series -- what big-budget version could? -- this polished, clever remake remains true to the spirit of the original, which was at once viscerally terrifying and weirdly lighthearted.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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A gore fest that's just effective enough to whet fans' appetite for a sequel, even as it kills everyone else's appetite for dinner.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Too ludicrous to take seriously, yet too po-faced to laugh at, it sacrifices wit and energy for intensity.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Rarely do you find a modern reboot that has the power to satisfy fans of a revered franchise while simultaneously grabbing audiences unfamiliar with the original and kicking them in the teeth.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

Maybe I am just getting too old for this stuff.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Evil Dead owes everything to its predecessor, and [director Fede] Alvarez never tries to hide that fact, even when his movie feels painfully redundant.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

A masterful new version that adds even more value to Sam Raimi's masterpiece than ever.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The filmmakers behind this Evil Dead remake have completely missed what made Sam Raimi's original film work so well, opting instead for a typical horror bloodbath that fails to differentiate itself.

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This Evil Dead isn't as flavorful as the old one, and it doesn't try as many different things. But on the promises it does make, it delivers.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

An (extremely) blood good time that will likely please horror fans.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

It's not great, it's not quite as anarchic as the original or as you want it to be, but as a gorefest aiming to pop you out of your seat a few times, it does the trick.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

... strips away the tongue-in-cheek satire of its predecessor and settles for modern genre pandering aimed at fans of death, dismemberment, and unbelievable amounts of gore.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Alvarez does show some directorial flair but this is not as frightening as it would like to believe it is, nor as interesting.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

The film is about nothing more than Alvarez devising amusingly fiendish ways of freaking out audiences.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: MLive.com
MLive.com

Alvarez doesn't succeed in making Evil Dead terrifying, but he does make it as prodigiously intense and gory for our time as the original was for its own.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

A spookily effective remake of the ultra-low budget 1981 cult horror classic by Sam Raimi, the gore and blood is so plentiful here it even falls from the sky...A must for fans, Evil Dead also affirms horror as the most remake-friendly genre going.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Fernandez's film falls most flat, as Raimi's Dead pics are full of comedy, whether Three-Stooges-indebted or just plain black and gross-out, while this rethink is monotonously serious - and really a bit evilly dull at times.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

I will always appreciate a horror flick that introduces novel and inventive ways to dispatch of its cast. But the frights are almost totally absent. So what are we even doing here?

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Alvarez seems to know where to pay tribute to the original... but he also knows where to depart... Overall, his new movie packs a punch.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... not for people prone to nightmares. It's highly effective as causing involuntary chills and hand movements (as in, up to eyes to block the bloody chaos onscreen). ... a cut above just about any other modern horror/slasher remake

April 29, 2013 Full Review Source: AspectRatio.us
AspectRatio.us

If Hollywood is having trouble with deciding who its 'war and terror' enemies are, that's nothing compared with its crisis in horror.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

All the requisite blood and gits but not much else to offer by way of entertainment.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Audience Reviews for Evil Dead

Quite possibly the goriest film ever made by a Hollywood studio, Evil Dead is a new Horror classic, a film that accomplishes the nearly impossible task of staying true to the original's roots while standing firmly on its own.
April 14, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

I love Sam Raimi's original Evil Dead film. I've seen it many times, have read the book and got the t-shirt. No really, I have got the t-shirt! So I was always skeptical about a remake and was never really fully on-board with the idea. My expectations were low, I was only slightly curious. My suspicions were realised. However, of all the horror classic remakes it is one of the better ones. It doesn't come close to the original, and after Joss Whedon's A Cabin in the Woods no horror film that sticks to the same formula is going to impress. Humour is key to any great horror film in my opinion, the original Evil Dead films excelled at this and yet here it is completely absent, like it would make the horror more....horrifying. I'm not disappointed as such because I couldn't care less but I'd like to see the end of the horror remake once and for all. Even the Bruce Campbell cameo didn't make up for it, although you could barely call it a cameo.
March 6, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

I was a big fan of the original. This was a half decent attempt at doing the original justice, I guess. Worth a look, but if you go into this expecting the imagination and ingenuity of the Sam Raimi trilogy, and the goofball charm of Bruce Campbell, you will walk away disappointed. I was...
January 27, 2014
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Well, the practical gore effects are well-done, but that's about the only praise that can offered to this unnecessary retread of Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic. Lacks the trashy gothic atmosphere, creatively intense cinematography, dark humor, or unpredictable nature of the original (so many scenes and scenarios are recycled that it feels like at times I'm watching an Evil Dead clip-show than a stand alone flick). What was once wicked fun has now been reduced to a joyless exercise in torture porn with bland characters. Pointless and forgettable, this 2013 remake of a classic is all guts and no glory.
December 28, 2013
Christopher Heim

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    1. Natalie: I had to do it. I feel much better now.
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    1. Mia: I can smell your filthy soul.
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    1. Olivia: I just gave her enough sedative to put a horse to sleep!
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    1. Eric: I unleashed something, something evil.
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    1. David: This is my girl, Natalie.
    2. Olivia: Oh, that heart-breaker from your car shop.
    3. Natalie: The doctor.
    4. Olivia: I'm a registered nurse.
    5. Natalie: Nurse. Sorry.
    – Submitted by Steven V (14 months ago)
    1. Eric: The possessed must be cleansed.
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