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Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Horror - This is an extremely graphic,
brutal, and bloody remake of the
1981 cult horror film. Unlike the
original's two more popular
sequels, there is really no humor
here; this is a serious horror
film. Extreme violence and
constant language make this
absolutely not for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Evil Dead is like a child's bauble - shiny and sparkling on the outside but of inferior quality to something shaped by a master craftsman. I'll not claim that Raimi's version is anything close to perfection, but this pointless remake serves only to elevate it in my estimation.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Poor Save for a few darkly funny one-liners, there's almost no wicked humor here, and there's certainly nothing original about the plot. The actors do a pretty fair job of conveying terror, but the characters they're playing are such one-dimensional idiots, you begin rooting for the demonic she-bitch from hell to take 'em out.
USA TodayFull Review Average Re-making a horror flick seems pointless if it fails to frighten. It's billed as "the most terrifying movie you'll ever experience." Hardly. While the grisly pandemonium is undeniable, actual scares are in short supply.
NY PostFull Review Poor Truthfully, if it hadn't been my paying job as a critic to watch Fede Alvarez's remake of "Evil Dead'' all the way to the end, I probably would have headed for the exit door long before the point where somebody cuts off her own arm with an electric carving knife.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 44 moviegoers:
TEENS:The males all loved this latest "Evil Dead." Five of the six females also loved it. One rated it average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Three-quarters of the males loved it and one quarter rated it average. Two of the ladies loved it, two rated it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much, and one rated it average.
ADULTS:Very mixed reviews from both the males and females. One males loved it, one rated it above average, two rated it average and two hated it. One female loved it, three rated it average, one rated it below average and two hated it.
Mia (Jane Levy), a young woman whose life has been marred by loss and addiction, asks her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and their childhood friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) to join her at the family's rustic cabin to help her overcome her demons. Once there, she ceremoniously destroys the last of her stash and swears off drugs for good in front of her friends.
Inside, they are shocked to discover that the abandoned cabin has been broken into. The cellar has been transformed into a grotesque altar surrounded by dozens of mummified animals. Eric becomes fascinated with an ancient book he discovers there. In thrall to its mysterious contents, he reads aloud from it, never suspecting the terrifying consequences he is about to unleash.
As Mia's withdrawals worsen, she begins to unravel and attempts to flee, but is turned back by a frightening vision. At the cabin, her behavior becomes so violent that her friends are forced to restrain her. Trapped by a dangerous storm raging outside, they begin to turn on each other one by one. As the brutality of their attacks increases, David is faced with an unimaginable choice.