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Evil Dead

By JAY HORTON
Should there be any doubt, we’re not speaking about The Evil Dead from 1981. The new movie—on which series godhead Sam Raimi served as producer—is undeniably effective. But the response it provokes has less to do with traditional notions of fear than with autonomic revulsion from the cavalcade of brutality. Though the central construct is unaltered—twentysomethings travel deep into the woods to spend an evening in a despoiled cabin—the motivating impulse differs. Rather than indulge in a far-flung debauch, these kids want only to help a junkie kick her habit. There’s a delicious sliver of horror to be explored by conflating demonic possession and the throes of heroin addiction. End of the day, Evil Dead smacks of a film made to satisfy a bet, albeit one forced upon the creators by a fan base seemingly unwilling to acknowledge that the diabolical allure wielded by the original incarnation has everything to do with the serendipitous grouping of rarefied talent, and nothing whatsoever to do with the Naturom Demonto or the mythology that would grow up and around the film. Faced with the patently impossible task of assuaging a marketplace sure to revolt against too similar an approach or too great a break, it’s more than a little impressive that Raimi and Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez have manufactured a cinematic creature that’s both the clear descendant of their dearly departed creation and unaware of its lineage. It’s impressive, engineering this leviathan, but unbeing The Evil Dead isn’t being alive. Or good.
 
  • Genres: Horror
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language, Some Sexual Content, Strong Bloody Violence/Gore ]
  • Critic's Score: C
  • Starring: Jane Levy [Mia], Shiloh Fernandez [David], Lou Taylor Pucci [Eric], Jessica Lucas [Olivia], Elizabeth Blackmore [Natalie], Phoenix Connolly [Teenager], Jim McLarty [Harold], Sian Davis [Old Woman], Stephen Butterworth [Toothless Redneck], Karl Willetts [Long-Haired Redneck], Randal Wilson [Abomination Mia], Rupert Degas [Voice of Demon Voice], Bob Dorian [Voice of Professor Knowby], Ellen Sandweiss [Voice of Cheryl]
  • Directed by: Fede Alvarez [Director], Fede Alvarez [Screenwriter], Rodo Sayagues [Screenwriter], Rob Tapert [Producer], Sam Raimi [Producer], Bruce Campbell [Producer], Nathan Kahane [Executive Producer], Joe Drake [Executive Producer], J.R. Young [Executive Producer], Peter Schlessel [Executive Producer], Aaron Morton [Cinematographer], Robert Gillies [Production Design], Bryan Shaw [Film Editor], Sarah Voon [Costume Designer], Roque Baños [Original Music], Mandy Sherman [Casting], Sari Knight [Casting], Faith Martin [Casting], Stu Turner [Casting], Jennifer Ward [Supervising Art Direction], Mike Becroft [Art Director], Roger Guise [Set Decoration]
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