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Evil Dead Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist

If the original was Raimi's inventive soufflé of horror and slapstick, in the remake Alvarez seems content to simply show us the ingredients...without knowing how to put them together into anything scary, involving or inventive.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C-

March 9, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

While first-timer Fede Alvarez provides a few effective shocks, on the whole it's more gruesome and graphic than scary or suspenseful.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 2/5

April 11, 2013
Jeff Beck

The whole purpose behind this remake seems to be the same one behind many horror films these days: to throw as many buckets of blood around on the screen as you possibly can.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2013
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3/5

July 15, 2013
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade

There's no break from the intense gore and horror, no ironic wink; Evil Dead is the basic nightmare tale of five doomed individuals trapped in a cabin by an evil entity. And where's the fun in that?

Full Review Source: Toledo Blade | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2013
Stefan Pape

Comparisons to the original are inevitable yet the filmmakers deserve the right for this to be judged of its own accord and it's not a terrible movie.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 15, 2013

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.

Full Review Source: Rip It Up | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 15, 2013
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

The result is something less than the sum of its parts; in other words, the diametric opposite of that beloved original.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

April 21, 2013
Joshua Starnes

Beyond the basic plot and the return of a few of the most well-known sight gags from the first two Evil Dead films, it is generally its own animal.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

March 18, 2013
Simon Miraudo

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?

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 12, 2013
Siobhan Synnot

Lacking Raimi's transgressive invention and wit, there really are some things that man should not meddle with.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2013
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Lacks the puckish cleverness of the original films, and if it stood on its own I doubt it'd spawn the same following. But it's not bad as run-of-the-mill horror goes.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 4, 2013
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix

Without an appealing, charismatic lead, this remake is pretty vacant.

Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix | Original Score: 4/10

April 5, 2013
Devin Faraci
Badass Digest

It isn't that Evil Dead is particularly bad; it's fine. But it's without much of an identity; it's never allowed to become its own movie and is constantly forced to reference or bow to or swerve from the original.

Full Review Source: Badass Digest

March 10, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 1/5

April 25, 2013
James Berardinelli
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It's not scary. It's not shocking. It just wallows in viscera.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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You can't remake a sense of humor. Alvarez may well have one, but it'll have to wait for the next project.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2013
Mike Scott

It can boast of some truly extraordinary special effects, but this Evil Dead is far more gruesome than awesome.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

April 5, 2013
Clay Cane

In one bloody scene, the leading lady cried, 'It was so horrible! It was so horrible!' Girl, I know how you feel - that's exactly what I said when the credits rolled.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

April 5, 2013
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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I'm bored to death and sick to death of movies that seem to have one goal: How can we gross out the audience by torturing nearly every major character in the movie?

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 4, 2013
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