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Viau’s View/Scott Viau

‘Evil Dead’ good, but not worth all the hype

April 18, 2013
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer (sviau@mininggazette.com) , The Daily Mining Gazette

Would you like to see a chainsaw being forced through a head? How about a hand trapped under a car and then pulled off? What about a woman slicing pieces of her face off? If you said yes to one or all of the above questions then "Evil Dead" might just be a movie you'd enjoy. I know I did ... sort of.

Probably everyone who considers him- or herself a "gorehound" knows of the original "The Evil Dead," directed by Sam Raimi. If not, here's the skinny - it involves a group of teenagers who travel to a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend of fun only to accidentally release demons that then terrorize them and consume their souls.

What we have now is a remake (or sequel depending on who you ask) of the classic '81 film, except in this one the friends are traveling to the cabin to help a friend kick their heroin habit. It's actually a smart way to play it as it ensures the residents of the cabin will attribute the person's strange behavior to detox rather than being possessed by demons.

I can't say I prefer this film over the original. Sure, it's gorier than the original, but it doesn't have the same charm, for lack of a better word, of the original, which managed to mix humor (to an extent) and scares.

However, it does have an abundance of practical special effects rather than computer generated imagery, which is a definite plus. The CGI used here is minimal and mainly only in the beginning of the movie.

I'm not sure what else I was really expecting from a remake of "The Evil Dead" but as I walked out of the theater the only thing I could do is shrug my shoulders and mutter, "meh." It wasn't terrible, I can say that much for sure. And character development isn't something I was really hoping for. I know it probably has more than the original. I think my problem is that I listened to the hype a little too much, which led me to believe that I was in for a truly amazing, astounding, mind-blowing cinematic experience. But instead all that I got were a few moments where'd I'd scrunch up my nose in disgust.

But despite it all I will give this move the Scott Viau seal of approval - if only so you, dear reader, will go see it thereby giving it a bigger box office return which will in turn inform the studios that movies with practical special effects rather than CGI is the way to go. Aside from that reason, though, there's not too much here to get excited about. It's a fun movie, but not worth all the hype it's been receiving.

 
 

 

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