Evil Dead (2013) Movie Review
Evil Dead is one amazing movie and I recommend it to all horror fans and non horror fans. I was expecting spooky killings, franticness, lost teenagers/young adults alone in the woods, screaming and lots of blood. The title says it all but Evil Dead delivers all that I mentioned and more than I ever expected. Director Fede Alvarez (Ataque de Pánico!, Los pocillos, El último Alevare, El Cojonudo) did an exceptionally fantastic job directing his first English movie. I am so impressed with this guy because he did not have much experience at all. He is very young and he has only done short films in Spanish. I just cannot wait to see Evil Dead Part 2. The special effects is truly amazing and so realistic.
Warning - Evil Dead is not for people who have a weak stomach and do not like the sight of blood because there is blood spillage everywhere in this movie. Maybe a little too much blood but it is one of the most gruesome movies I have ever seen. Evil Dead will keep you on the edge of your seat and may make you jump a few times. The first five minutes of the movie might disinterest some people but after that, it will reel you in with one suspense after another.
Evil Dead is about five friends who went on a roadtrip to a cabin in the woods. Four of the friends tried an intervention for Mia (Jane Levy - Fun Size (2012), Nobody Walks (2012), Suburgatory (2011-present)) who was still using drugs. The friends were committed to keeping her in the cabin until she was drug free but eventually tried escaping from the cabin due to unforeseen deadly circumstances. Jane Levy did an incredible job as Mia and also as a deadite, closed my eyes when she cut her tongue in half/split open..
Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci - Horsemen(2009), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009), Brotherhood (2010), Carriers (2009)) found a book in the basement of the cabin that clearly has several warnings not to read and of course out of normal human curiosity he did the opposite. He then unleashed demons after reading the words one by one from the spellbook. Evil Dead had great camera action where it really got me paying attention to see what happens next. I felt bad for Mia because there she is still having a difficult time staying away from drugs and is now being possessed by a demon. Everyone thinks Mia is going through withdrawal and later discovers everyone is being killed one by one. Evil Dead do contain gruesome scenes that makes you quench and shiver.
The makeup job done on the actresses and actors was just plain remarkable. It was really realistic and gruesome in my opinion.
Olivia (Jessica Lucas - Cloverfield (2008), The Covenant (2006), She’s the Man (2006), Amusement (2008)) didn’t get much screen time but did a great job with the time she had. I was stunned when she cut her mouth open and stabbed Eric in the chest and then stabbed him repeatedly with a syringe of all things. I was blown away by all the action and special effects (Olivia’s head all over the floor).
Mia infected Natalie’s (Elizabeth Blackmore - The Road Home (2013)) arm when she bit her. Once again, Evil Dead has non stop gore. Natalie then cuts off her arm but still got possessed. She beat David (Shiloh Fernandez - Red Riding Hood (2011), The East (2013), 16 to Life (2009), Deadgirl (2008)) and Eric with a steel rod. David is Mia’s brother who is part of the five friends who went to the cabin. He plays a major role in this movie. It was actually the first time I saw it rain blood in a movie. Mia totally rocked at the ending of the movie when she sawed off the demons foot and then sawed her in half, IT WAS EPIC!!!!!!
About Evil Dead (2013)
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Rupert Degas, Bob Dorian, Ellen Sandweiss, Jim McLarty, Jane Levy, Elizabeth Blackmore, Phoenix Connolly, Stephen Butterworth, Karl Willetts, Randal Wilson, Inca
Director: Fede Alvarez
MPAA Rating: R
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