I love horror movies. I can be a bit selective as I don’t enjoy “torture” movies like Saw and Hostel. But in general, the old time monster/killer/demon/undead movies are right up my alley. So it was with great excitement that, with the blessing of Sam Rami, Evil Dead was being remade. But with that excitement came a bit of trepidation: would it be as good as the original?
A word however to those that have not watched the original Evil Dead or its spawn, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. They are an acquired taste. Most people would probably not enjoy them. They are over the top. And that it is their actual charm. They are silly and preposterous and just barely take themselves seriously enough that most viewers don’t get the joke.
So when I learned it was coming out, I knew I had to go see it with one of my two cohorts in horror movie crime, my oldest daughter. (My youngest daughter is just a little too young to see this one. Even I have my limits.)
I have to say upfront that this was not my proudest parenting moment (but it may have been one of the funnest.) My oldest daughter is 14 and we’ve been watching horror movies together for a few years now. I usually do quite a bit of research on horror movies before I let her see them, and this one was no exception. Still, I don’t expect many fathers would take a 14 year old girl to see the Evil Dead, nor do I condone, endorse or approve of this movie for anybody but myself and my daughter. Your mileage may vary.
In preparation for the new version, I watched the original with her. She liked it and so the wheels were set in motion to see the new one.
It was awesome. It was everything I had hoped it would be and then some. At one point we were both laughing out loud hysterically. It was awkward because nobody else in the theater seemed to get the jokes. But when the movie was over, I felt that director Fede Alvarez did a fine job capturing the spirit and feel of the original and yet bringing it into the 21st century.
The only disappointment was that Bruce Campbell did not make a cameo in this movie.
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If you have ever wistfully wondered if you can get enough “chainsaw in the mouth” action, then this is the movie for you. My daughter and I left the theater feeling that we got our money’s worth from Evil Dead. We’re looking forward to the sequel and I am looking forward to a director’s cut DVD.