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A poor remake and a poor movie....,
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This movie was really a huge disappoint for me. After seeing the trailers with the obvious notion of "Evil Dead" being done with actual money (let's face it-the original is fun, the special effects weren't even good for it's time), it looked good. I have no idea what anyone was thinking when they churned out this piece of garbage.
For one thing, any evil dead knows about the mysterious evil monster that is in the woods at all times. It was creepy and errie. Here is reduced to lasting all about a few minutes and once it "possesses" the main girl, it never shows up again. Um, what?
Then they remove any potential humor from the film. Let's face it-the entire Evil Dead franchise had a sense of humor, with total overuse of squirting blood, to crawling hands, etc. The morons playing the tape while one girl is like "shut it off." They didn't even play a tape, this random guy thinks it's a good idea to read English translations? Um...it would've been better if this guy was a student in a Latin class and read it, but in English?
It's like a film that cuts every corner to try to be different, only to turn out to be stale. The basement in this movie is so foul, way more than the original, and yet, it is horribly underused.
The "forest is alive and ready to do bad things" scene is done we'll, yet is also underwhelming. It's kind of sad thinking they basically had to play with trees to get this to work in the original, and here there is obvious CGI.
The original "Evil Dead" really had something going for it, even with the bad special effects. The particular ending scene where Bruce Campbell aka "Ash" undoes the curse and the demons break out of the people with the hands could've really added some much needed pizazz to this film, but it's absent.
The movie also seems half-written for one direction and another direction, considering it cannot even figure out whom the main character is. First it's the girl, then it's her boyfriend, but somehow the girl is saved? I mean, why? Just let everyone die who is cursed, the beginning of the film pretty much said that, yet the film doesn't even follow through on it's own story. It is poorly written on top of being bland.
When there is gore, it works. Some of it is over-the-top. Might be the movies only real succession.
This is a remake to avoid at all costs. Just go watch Evil Dead 2 if your itching to see another version of "Evil Dead" (since it seems more like a more expensive remake than a sequel). I have watched a lot of remakes and not understood why there is so much hatred, yet people actually seem to like this one? Really? This is crap. It really is. If you want to see a film like this that actually works go watch "Cabin In The Woods" instead, it may not have the intense gore but it has the humor...
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2014 8:27:20 AM PDT
David J. Brown says:
No issues with the negative review(personally, I found this remake to be passably mediocre), but I must mention that there was no CGI used in the tree scene. Still done practical with the most minor of touchups done to the barest minimum of frames here and there.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2014 10:22:19 AM PDT
Hm, interesting. I really thought that part was mostly CGI despite being aware this movie was done with practical effects mostly. That was another reason why I had such high hopes. Well, at least there was one good scene in the movie. I think I will go watch Evil Dead II now...
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