Just returned from this and loved it! Evil Dead is the remake real horror fans have been waiting for as countless failures have passed by unable to drive us anywhere new or stimulating. Jumping in the back seat of the Evil Dead ride I felt like the driver just knew where I wanted to go... no time to stop for cheese, mood lifters, or other nonsense that does not belong in this brand of horror but a ride straight to visceral graphic content dripping with discomfort and disturbingly gritty excitement.
I for one really did not go into this film expecting complex or deep characters. Between the previews and original Evil Dead, character development just wasn't something I felt they were selling or attempting to focus on with this film. The characters are mostly shallow and forgettable save Mia who really delivered and carried the movie enough to allow the other characters to bleed into the canvas without lamenting their underwritten nature. Yes there was CG and yes it was used very sparingly. I noted 3 big
scenes but had I not expected CG it would have been a non-issue. The story itself is fairly basic and lacked any new visions however I can absolutely see that being corrected in a sequel where opportunity exists to add some more layers of flesh to the book
. I think diving into the story and other things in the book
may have had a negative impact on the pace which was a crucial element here. The story doesn't burn much time to get rolling and once it does it is a near relentless assault on the viewers. The gore, makeup, latex, etc. was all brilliant and we finally get to see a film that was not made with the teenager in mind but with the sole purpose of using an old reliable canvas to paint a different vision of something for horror fans sick of sitting through trash like Saw 7 to get a decent story with fantastic piratical effects and enough gore that even yankeeman should be grinning on the way out.
All in all I call this one a big win and may see it again but if not it is a day one bluray purchase and I will be anxiously awaiting the details on directors cut and how many minutes were lost to avoid that NC-17. If you go into this film expecting more of what the trailer delivers you will be happy. If you go in hoping for 45 minutes of character building and on-screen charisma supporting a multi-faceted story layered with gore you may be disappointed. Evil Dead is a straight forward ride without a lot of mental energy needed to survive but what it lacks brain food it more than makes up for in straight adrenaline laced with oodles of gore and stabbed into the viewers heart pulp fiction style!