Evil Dead

2013

Evil Dead

Critics Consensus

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.

63%

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Total Count: 195

63%

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User Ratings: 77,105
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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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Cast

Sian Davis
as Old Woman
Stephen Butterworth
as Toothless Redneck
Karl Willetts
as Long Haired Redneck
Randal Wilson
as Abomination Mia
Rupert Degas
as Demon Voice
Bob Dorian
as Voice of Professor Knowby from the original Evil Dead
Ellen Sandweiss
as Voice of Cheryl from the original Evil Dead
Inca
as Grandpa the Dog
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  • Aug 18, 2017
    Evil Dead is probably one of the goriest films I've ever seen. I can only assume that the film makers supplied several swimming pools filled with fake blood...because there is so much of it. Blood on the floor, blood on clothes, blood on faces, raining blood, blood on...wait a minute, raining blood!? Yes, it goes to that extreme. So Evil Dead is a remake of the original of the same name, we follow a group of teens in a cabin in a remote location who try to help their friend to stop taking drugs. They find the book of the dead and what ensues is a heck load of blood and gore! Oh, and all of the following: tree rape, slicing tongue and snogging someone, car crushing a girl's hand and her pulling it out...and my favourite, absolutely decimating someone with a chainsaw. I'm talking ripped to shreds! Total annihilation! Ohhhh so satisfying to watch...in a sick weird way. As you can probably tell, I enjoyed the hell out of this and have done for several viewings. It knows exactly what it is, a fun gory flick that does not take itself too seriously. Yes the characters are bland and expendable and yes the acting is mediocre, except Jane Levy who was actually really good. But you didn't watch this for an Oscar nominated performance. No no no you wanted to see a girl slice her mouth open with a shard of glass! I mean the enhanced use of makeup, prosthetics, costumes etc. just made the experience all the more enjoyable and authentic. I appreciated the dark comedic undertone, particularly from the possessed Mia, that definitely harked back to the original. Director Fede Alvarez did a good job, lots of creepy camerawork and I adored the opening bird's eye view shot where the teenagers are driving along the road. His usage of visual exposition, such as flashbacks to the opening scene, were pointless and unfortunately spoon fed us everything. You'll guess the whole plot in the first 10 minutes, which is its downfall. However, I wanted to see gore and it delivered...massively. My advice: don't read a book made of skin and wrapped in barbed wire. Just don't.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2016
    Cheesy lines, a lousy character development, and some amateur acting skills were some of the contents in this movie. Aside from all that, this is an authentic legit remake that delivers a very hylophobic feels; tasty amount of gore; a jaw-dropping brutality; and an awesome and unnerving climax. Addition to the list is the praisable performance of Jane Levy. Evil Dead [2013] puts the torture porn in entertainment with class. It is an "a-okay" fiercesome new look --- contoured with flesh and blood --- which is as impactful and memorable as likely as the classic ones.
    John Ross D Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2016
    With confident and masterful direction by Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead is the rare remake that actually works thanks to great performances, tons of gore and a great sense of respect for the original work.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2015
    It's not that this was a bad movie or anything, it's just really fucking disturbing. At least with the original films, it's kind of comical, and so over the top, it doesn't seem real. Here, it just plays out like a Saw movie. Also, having no Bruce Campbell until a 5 second cameo after the credits is totally bullshit.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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