October 11: Double Feature Friday (The Evil Dead [1981] & The Evil Dead [2013])

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Any Evil Dead film is a perfect Halloween film. They’re campy, funny, and scary. What’s more, they consistently deliver after repeated viewings. I can’t say how many times I’ve seen each one, but every time I am guaranteed a rewarding experience. It takes all the will I have to ever watch a new movie.

It goes like this: a group of friends travels to a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway. They venture into the basement and come across a strange book. It’s written in a foreign language, but, luckily, there is an audio transcript available. They play the tape and release a demonic force form in the woods. As the night progresses, the entity takes out the group one by one until just one man is left standing.

And you know who that is, right? Of course you do.

For years, there has been talk of an Evil Dead remake and a new sequel. Every year, the films got pushed back or cancelled. Then, seemingly out of the blue, a remake took shape. How would it hold up? Would it ruin everything I know and love?

The new film is amazing. It is probably the goriest movie I have ever seen (and I’ve seen more than my fair share of gore). Fede Alvarez, the director, made it a point to keep up the DIY ethic that Sam Raimi set in the original. There’s no reliance on CG, and, as a result, the whole film feels more organic and real. This movie is the real deal.

So watch them back-to-back. Though it stands on its own, I don’t think anyone has any business watching the remake without first being familiar with the original.


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