Evil Dead Cinema Review

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THE MOST TERRIFYING FILM YOU WILL EVER EXPERIENCE ... was released back in 1981! So I'd advise you to go and watch Sam Raimi's delirious original Evil Dead instead of this pale and gormless retread.

The funny thing about fanboys and their reaction to remakes of cherished movies is that as much as they despise the very notion of someone attempting to re-do something that they love with a passion, they can go equally overboard when the result is deemed quite effective.

But the lavish praise heaped upon this Raimi sanctioned reboot of his immortal full-feature debut is, I'm immensely sorry to say, way, way off the mark. As previous reviews for The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II will attest, you won't find a more devoted fan of cabin-based Candarian chaos than myself, and to say that my expectations and hopes for this uncompromising adaptation of five hapless young folks encountering a twisted tsunami...


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nheather

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Went to see this yesterday.

It is films like this that make be really glad that I have a Ciniworld Unlimited card.

As i left the cinema I said to myslf "Thank god I didn't pay to see that tripe".

Cheers,

Nigel
 

golden phoenix

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Went to see this yesterday.

It is films like this that make be really glad that I have a Ciniworld Unlimited card.

As i left the cinema I said to myslf "Thank god I didn't pay to see that tripe".

Cheers,

Nigel

oh dear..this was on my radar..we have the same cut version that the us got , maybe an unrated bluray could save this? i do have the usa limited edition bluray of the original. maybe i should stick with that and go see iron man 3 instead!
 

barnaby jones

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golden phoenix said:
oh dear..this was on my radar..we have the same cut version that the us got , maybe an unrated bluray could save this? i do have the usa limited edition bluray of the original. maybe i should stick with that and go see iron man 3 instead!

In a word no. I heard the director on the radio, basically the length of scenes were shortened slightly. Everything that he wanted on screen is there, it's just not quite as prolonged.
 

Dude a llama

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Horses for courses and all that, I'm a fan of the original and bought it on VHS,twice on dvd and also blu ray. I went to see it Thursday night and although hardly terrifying me and the missus enjoyed it.
 

jammyone

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As i left the cinema I said to myslf "Thank god I didn't pay to see that tripe".

Cheers,

Nigel

I did :(

Great review though a bit too easy on this pile of **** in my opinion.

Think of all the good things that Rami's original had, throw them in the bin, add Hollywood's accountants to what's left and then make it worse.

I really wish I had broken my habit of avoiding any reviews before seeing a film.
 

raigraphixs

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Gore and nastiness is never going to champion supernatural, eerie atmosphere for a horror film.

I did not flinch once during the ED remake. Like i said in my post on the other thread i felt the horror started too quick, there was no real build up apart from that beginning story, which actually was better than rest of the film.

It was well made, but offered nothing new, and all the gore and buckets of blood could not save it. And the post credit was one of the worst ever.

Im glad Raimi did not direct this, and i can understand why he has not made ED4 for such a long time, unless you have the right ingredients don't bother. I hope the fact now the Raimi brothers seem closer to making ED4/AoD2 whatever it will be called, they make it because they can do justice to the material not because someone else is making ED films now and they want a piece of the pie.

People complain about remakes, but this and A Nightmare on Elm Street reboots shows that the originals can stand the test of time and why they were great in the first place.

I would be interested to hear from someone who has not seen the original Evil Dead film and what they thought of the remake.
 

PaxtonSage

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Saw this the other night, didn't find it as bad as many were making out but its clearly not a patch on the original. Nice and gory but you definately feel no connection to any of the characters and don't care who lives or dies. Also agree on the final appearance of the demon was a huge letdown, no proper thought put into it to have something truly horrific rise. If they are going ahead with a sequel as proposed they really need to turn it up a notch both on the gore and the actual story/characters. Agree with the Unlimited comment, I would of felt quite let down if I had to pay to see this. Guess I will have to go see Iron Man 3 on thursday now to wash away the dissapointment!:smashin:
 

invisiblekid

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Right up to the point of seeing the red band trailer for this a while back, I was thinking this would be decent. All the talk seemed to be going in the right direction and had the right people for the job.

Then seeing the adult trailer proved my worst fears. It was just going to be torture porn with an Evil dead backdrop.

Given it's a remake (oh God, it like, sooo is a remake) it just doesn't get what made Evil Dead (and so many other horror films of it's time) so good.

I wont be watching till it's on Blu Ray at best, but it seems it's most critical reviewers and fans of the original are just so disappointed. Given the crew and involvement of Sam and Bruce this really had potencial and seeing as it appears to have failed so badly, the realm of remakes is still hated and a touchy subject.

But as always with disastrous remakes, all is not lost. We still have the originals and now I quite fancy a ED 1&2 night.
 

Karlin

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Trailer looked good! Watched the film tonight -utter crap. Turned it off after 25mins.

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Not sure why they had the woman from Ringu appearing at the start but it showed the film for what it was -idealess.

Crap acting too and even the monster through the forest effect looked crap compared to Raimi's on a motorbike with the camera tied to a board.

And they shouldn't have removed the The. It was doomed.

Fail.
 

aprout

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Trailer looked good! Watched the film tonight -utter crap. Turned it off after 25mins.

So you turned it off before anything 'evil' actually happened then?

Well, so long as you gave it a chance :rolleyes:
 

SyStemDeMoN

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My wife and I liked it :rolleyes:
 

invisiblekid

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Trailer looked good! Watched the film tonight -utter crap. Turned it off after 25mins.

Not sure why they had the woman from Ringu appearing at the start but it showed the film for what it was -idealess.

Crap acting too and even the monster through the forest effect looked crap compared to Raimi's on a motorbike with the camera tied to a board.

And they shouldn't have removed the The. It was doomed.

Fail.



So you turned it off before anything 'evil' actually happened then?

Well, so long as you gave it a chance :rolleyes:

I wanted to turn it off after 25mins.

Utter, utter garbage. Not as bad as Eden Lake (most hated film ever, ever, ever) but it's in the top 5.

Not funny, not scary, not funny scary. So what was the point.
 

Karlin

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Not funny, not scary, not funny scary. So what was the point.

Yeah :)

25mins is me trying a LOT! I turn off many things within 15mins. Just how long can one give of one's precious time? 28mins?, 41mins or just keep going to the horrible end? A good habit I have thanks to working in a video rental shop years ago and then a flood of £1 tickets to the cinema. I just move on to the next thing. If there's a chance I missed out I can always return to it. I missed nothing here as I wanted everyone dead (and the dog) within mins.

And why oh why did they think setting the story around a junkie spoiled brat would make me interested? D'oh.

[-]The[/-] Evil Dead fell flat also because that stupidly wide screen format -it didn't work for the story or situations.

Oh, I also hated Evil Dead 2 and they abomination Raimi made after it. The Evil Dead scared me to death nearly and it reshaped horror for decades. This crap remake (and Raimi's remake ie ED2/ED3) is a fail.

If I decide to straighten my teeth and whiten them I may return to the film.
 

invisiblekid

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Yeah :)


And why oh why did they think setting the story around a junkie spoiled brat would make me interested? D'oh.

[-]The[/-] Evil Dead fell flat also because that stupidly wide screen format -it didn't work for the story or situations.

yep and yep.

That's why I got The Evil Dead US import Blu Ray which had the OAR. I never thought I'd be so bored with a horror film. It's usually reasonably easy to scare me but this had zero scares. While I do think it's "Saw does The Evil Dead" I'm thankful they also stayed away from the cheap scares of making you jump. I hate that, making you jump is not the same as making you scared. A jump is over in a second, a scare lasts forever? Try walking on the moors at night and not poop your pants talking about American Werewolf In London.

Thankfully, the thoughts of watching this film are already over and I'm near forgetting I've seen it altogether and I can go back to explaining how the original is one of the best horror films ever made.
 
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