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While staying true to the spirit of low-budget horror, Alvarez also brings a visual elegance to even the most gruesome of sights, from a puss-engorged hand being possessed by a demon, to the minutiae of being buried alive
Even as a huge fan of The Evil Dead, it's impossible to wholeheartedly embrace this one when just last year we were treated to a cabin-in-the-woods yarn -- The Cabin in the Woods, of course -- that carried on Raimi's legacy far better than this film does.
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.
It's predictable to lament the loss of Campbell and Raimi, yet Alvarez constructs a pleasing, moist reawakening, and one that could lead to a few groovy directions of its own if sequels ever come to fruition.
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.
Fede Alvarez hits the majority of the terror beats of the original movie, from the creepy-looking cabin to rivers of blood. Because he had a larger budget, Alvarez cranks up the special effects. But the results are not as much fun.