These days there does not seem to be anything sacred in the world of cinema. I feel like I have been complaining about remakes, re-imaginings, reboots, and prequels for a decade now. Some I have enjoyed but overall I feel like I should be seeing movies with new stories and characters. Why take something someone created well and do it again? I know the answer is money.
Now we have a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic film, “The Evil Dead”. This is an unnecessary endeavour. The original film is perfect the way it is. But here I am, sharing my thoughts on it. I will admit that I was kind of excited to see this leading up to it’s release. The director, Fede Alvarez, seemed to be saying and doing all the right things. How he was going to use all practical effects including fake blood as opposed to CGI. The trailers and previews seemed to suggest that this was going to be a fairly effective horror film. Also the film was being produced by Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. Then I saw the film and all that good will simply slipped away.
My biggest problem with this film is that the director has traded in all the creepy atmosphere and sense of dread for none stop, over the top gore and violence. He was not kidding when he said he was using buckets of blood. I will admit that the effects here are top notch, especially when it starts to literally rain blood. But none of it is creepy or scary. Maybe because we don’t’ get to know the characters. They are basically a group of simpletons who are lined up for slaughter.
Another problem I had with this film was the sets and the cinematography. The Cabin itself is a dump. It doesn’t exactly look like a family getaway. I know it is a horror movie but still this place is simply ugly to look at. Every room looks like a mass murder took place decades ago.
I also had an issue with the evil entities themselves and where they came from. This part is just nitpicking on my part but I didn’t like how they changed the book of the dead to some sort of book of witch craft. They also build up to this ultimate monster that will supposedly rise but when it does, it seems frail and pathetic.
I don’t know how I let the marketing hook me in so badly. This is a film that is made in the same vein as the “Saw” and “Hostel” series. The filmmakers prefer torture porn as opposed to truly terrifying the audience. I think at this point I am simply holding on to the past. This is an example of modern cinema. All we can do is sit back as studios take the classic films we cherish and exploiting them for money. As I write this the box office grosses for this film are going up and up. Until that changes we are stuck with what we got.