Evil Dead Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist
March 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: C-
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
April 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
July 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
April 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
April 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
April 21, 2013
The result is something less than the sum of its parts; in other words, the diametric opposite of that beloved original.
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
May 12, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
April 15, 2013
Lacking Raimi's transgressive invention and wit, there really are some things that man should not meddle with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
April 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
April 5, 2013
Without an appealing, charismatic lead, this remake is pretty vacant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Devin Faraci
Badass Digest
March 10, 2013
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.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 4, 2013
It's not scary. It's not shocking. It just wallows in viscera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 5, 2013
It can boast of some truly extraordinary special effects, but this Evil Dead is far more gruesome than awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
April 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: D
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
March 14, 2013
Evil Dead suffers the curse of its own mediocrity: while it is really not bad, it would linger longer in the viewer's mind if it were better - or indeed worse. As it is, the fun ride is over and forgotten as soon as its brisk 90 minutes have elapsed.
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