Sunday, April 14, 2013

Movie Review: Evil Dead. The old vs the new!

2013 Remake
When I first heard about the movie Evil Dead this year, I didn't realize it was a remake of the 1981 original. I saw the original some time ago and I LOVED it! The Evil Dead was seriously creepy, scary and I've-got-you-by-the-throat terror. It became a cult classic. I took my niece to see a couple of the sequels and we LOVED it. I was really interested in seeing if this remake could hold a candle to it.

Well...First, I didn't realize how much of the original movie I forgot. It took me a while to get the gist of the story because I could only remember the main scenes from the original which focused on one guy. I didn't remember how the story started or who else was even in it beyond the fellow and the demons! Lol...So...getting up to speed on the story held my interest---for a while. Let me tell you, Evil Dead 2013 doesn't even come close to the original. It didn't have that creepy something's-about-to-get-you-but-you-don't-know-when-or-where-or-how sensibility that had you on the edge of your seat with the original.                                            
1981 Original
This remake put all the emphasis on blood and gore. There were
a number of amputations that I simply couldn't stand to look at. I had to hide my face several times. It wasn't scary, it was just disgusting. I guess the original had amputations too, judging by the guy holding the chainsaw above, but I can't remember. That's a good thing because the movie didn't depend on that kind of action to scare the daylights out of you. The very atmosphere had your heart pounding.

Evil Dead 2013 did win first place at the box office that week. *shaking my head* Go figure. I guess the kids love that yucky kind of stuff...but I did see a few people walk out...
                                                                                
1981 Original

Go and see it at your own peril...lol...Better yet, check out the original. It's scary movie making at its best.

Toodles!
                                                             

8 comments:

  1. Not my cup of tea but do love Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis and the 20 year anniversary movie Halloween H20 where she is main character with a grown teenage son. Even 20 years later Michael Meyers creeped me out and the movie did not depend on gore but good plot and actual acting.

    June have you ever watched Red Dawn, we just rented the one released last year with "Thor" actor Chris Hensworth playing lead of Jed made famous by Patrick Swayze. We also rented Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp as we missed it at theatre as well.

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    1. Jackie, if you like Halloween, I think you'll like the original Evil Dead--they're the same genre, but Evil may be more bloody...lol...I love Halloween too, but I didn't see the H2O version. And no, I haven't seen Red Dawn--neither the original or the remake! Loved the Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp. The TV show scared me to death as a kid.

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  2. Barnabas Collin's was my favorite Vampire as a teen, as Dark Shadows reruns was my favorite show when I found it. Best Johnny Depp movie for us we have seen is a psychological thriller starring him as a single dad and Christopher Walken is the bad guy. It is "Nick of Time" and if I ever find it will grab a copy.

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    1. Christopher Walken always plays the weirdo! Lol...I've never heard of Nick of Time. If it's on Netflix, I'm gonna check it out. Thx!

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  3. Wow...this s a sed of you I have never seen!

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    1. Hee hee hee...you'd better watch your back, Patty cake! Ha ha ha...

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  4. you can expect every move in evil dead 2013, it looses the surprise, thriller and suspense kind of matter.. its nothing compared to the old movie, i love the old version of evil dead:)..

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    1. I agree, psc. Totally. It's very predictable. Ridiculously so.

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