Better than the original?
When the movie was first announced, fans were outraged. Only when Sam Raimi and the original
I really liked the emotional attachment and character development between the siblings Mia and David; that's the heart of the story. Their estrangement goes all the way back to the death of the mother and how David was absent when she died, which the demon later uses to its advantage. You feel a sense of sorrow and pity for poor Mia because due to her vulnerability, she's an easy target for the demons when they are unleashed and the way they are summoned brings me to the next point – the Book of the Dead.
If you're not a fan of unrelenting violence, stacks of blood and gore, limbs getting chopped off then Evil Dead may not be for you. It's in your face and it doesn't relent. These evil spirits are intense.
Filmed in sequence, special mention must go to the tremendous SFX. The demons looked absolutely horrific and terrifying. They moved in such a way that had me thinking about them way after the movie finished. I also have to acknowledge the musical score by Roque Banos, who made the horrifying scenes much more frightening.
The performances by the actors were quite good. Jane Levy was the standout as Mia. Her struggle with drug addiction and reconnecting with her brother was a joy to watch. While there was certainly character development there with the siblings and to a lesser extent with their two friends in Eric and Olivia, David's girlfriend Natalie barely had any dialogue and just looked like she was there to take the numbers to five as that is the number of souls the demons needs to unleash the 'Abomination'.
My other criticism is the muddled third act. Whenever I re-watch Evil Dead, the latter part always seems the weakest. Not bad by any means, just compared to the first two it's a bit of a let down. The abomination reveal was pretty disappointing.
If you spell out the first letter of each character, it spells out DEMON!! Scary!!
I can smell your filthy soul.
Written by Matthew Sabo
The dudes over at Mild Fuzz had their own look at Evil Dead, found HERE.