Swanner: If you’re going to remake a classic you better make it as good if not better than the first one — or in this case the first two. The original Evil Dead was written and directed by Sam Raimi and starred Bruce Campbell in 1981. In 1987, Raimi and Campbell remade the original film adding more story, humor and focus. After 32 years, here comes a third film with Raimi and Campbell serving as producers, changing up the characters but keeping the general plot in place. The buzz on the film has audience members getting sick and leaving the theatre because of extensive gore and horror. It was pretty gory, but I think I appreciated it.
Judd: Mia is a drug addict trying to kick the smack with the help of her brother, David, and friends Eric, Olivia and Natalie. Eric finds a mysterious book which appears to be bound in human flesh, with crib notes scrawled throughout the book warning the reader to leave the book alone. Does he? Of course not, and you know the rest of the story. This third incarnation of the movie combines the first two; it has more plot than the first, more characters than the second, the gore of the first and the humor of the second – albeit, very toned down and dry.
Swanner: I didn’t really see the humor being that I was freaking out. I was too caught up in the scares to find anything funny… Granted, once I calmed down after the face pounding, I did get a bit of humor. I was amazed at all the different ways to mutilate a body while still alive. Director Fede Alverez really kept me on the edge of my seat with some real scares. He also wrote the script with Diablo Cody and Rodo Sayagues and it’s a solid script for this kind of genre.
Judd: The humor is very dry, especially when compared the Bruce Campbell’s slapstick performance in II, but the humor is definitely there. I really liked how graphically gory the movie is, using it to drive the action and the plot, unlike the “torture porn” we’re accustom to today where each scene is nothing more than a vignette. I also appreciate how the movie avoided cheap “jump scares”. There is nothing I hate more; jump scares are hacky and cheap.
Swanner: I agree with having a good old gory horror film. I hate the torture ones so this was a pleasant surprise. Hopefully we’re seeing a rebirth of the classic style with last year’s Cabin in the Woods, and now The Evil Dead. There were a lot of good scares. I loved the camera work, they were messing with me the whole time. I’m hoping the fanboys will like what they’ve done here. I like this better than either of the other films and I’ll never watch it again.
Judd: I, too, don’t think I’ll watch Evil Dead again. While everything about the movie was well executed, the movie lacks originality that would inspire repeated viewings. That was the real let down for me. Take away all the fancy dressing, and it’s nothing more than a movie about young adults being killed in a cabin in the woods. How 1981.