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Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Evil Dead Re-Make: Blood, Blood, Blood!


I make no bones about the fact that I am an Evil Dead fan. I grew up watching and quoting Army of Darkness, and every time that I actually used to shop smart at S-Mart I would run around the store, flailing my arms and scream, "Yo, she-bitch! Let's go!" After being escorted out of several local S-Marts and with the people in housewares generally giving me a wide berth, I decided I'd just go watch the remake of the first movie.


Things that were awesome about the re-make:

1. The ultra violence: This was as violent, and gut-wrenchingly gory as the original, but with a bigger, better budget. The original Evil Dead was one of the few horror films that actually had me writhing uncomfortably at the sheer amount of grotesquery. And this one did an excellent job of doing just that. From dead cats suspended in barbed wire to slashed-in-half-tongue forced make-out scenes...that was some of the milder fare. I have to say that the sheer blood-and-guts factor stayed true to the original, and it is now one of the bloodiest movies I've ever seen.

2. The characters have more of a backstory: Or you know, a backstory at all. The original has little to no character story arcs, or anything that made them interesting (we'll ignore Bruce Campbell's awesomeness factor and ultimate chin-power). At least in the new re-make, there is a little something there. Mia is a heroine-addict whose close group of childhood friends have taken her to the cabin to detox her. Her brother, David (the semi-Ash like character) had skipped out on their mom's final delirious moments in a mental institution and blames himself for his little sister's downfall. All of this connects us to the bro-and-sis duo before the shit hits the fan...or the arterial spray fountains against a wall. Or gushes from a severed limb. Or rains from the sky. For real.

3. The Necromicon-Ex-Mortis: The Book of the Dead got a new look on the inside, with many more tantalizing and creepy clues that spelled out the oncoming horror (spell, you get it? See what I did there?). I have to admit though, that I missed the creepy fleshy face on the outside of the book.    

4. Did I mention the ultra-violence? And gore?  

So, Deadities. Go see this. And try hard not to compare and contrast it too much to the low budget schlocky awesomeness of the original. There are plenty of nods to the original that will leave any fan amused. But I think that the remake can stand on its own as a testimony to gore and its uncomfortable squickiness. 

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