One of contemporary cinema's most essential awe-inspiring horror stories gets revamped, unfortuntely it's only an average addition to the genre's most indestructible cult franchise...ninety percent gore, ten percent unrelenting terror - Fede Alvarez's assignment to gross the f@ck out of the audience passes with flying colors (albeit blood red) but disappointingly it was missing the fun and nail-biting magic of the original.
Full review: http://filmhipster.com/2013/04/04/evil-dead-2013/
It's beautiful to watch and breeds a few Oscar worthy performances, but the film as a whole challenged my patience, left me empty of emotion and seemed longer than a sailors shore leave...I love Anderson's work, but he failed to put me under his spell this time with his over-analytical character study into human kind.
Nicolas Winding Refn artfully meshes the brilliance of Ryan Gosling's character with Cliff Martinez's refreshing soundtrack - the result is a slow motion dream-like pacing that uniquely transforms the mood and formulates an intensity that has been sadly neglected since films like Scarface...hands down, the best movie of 2011 and one of my all-time favorites.
It's been done before and this one doesn't do it any better - When the Lights Went Out is just another in a long line of bad Exorcist rip-offs that's sluggish, uninvolving and void of any thrills...has there ever been a horror produced where a family doesn't move into a haunted house?