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Cary Kollins

Evil Dead movie discussion

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Mild spoilers below.

So I went to the first 10pm showing of the Evil Dead remake last night. Let me begin by saying I'm a huge Evil Dead 2 fan. One of my favorite movies ever. I've been looking forward to this remake of the original "The Evil Dead" since the day it was announced. It turns out this new "vision" of Evil Dead is very well made and produced, but really didn't do much for me. I look forward to watching it again to see if that changes my feelings on it.

As far as tone and feel of the movie, this is much more in the vein of The Evil Dead as opposed to Evil Dead 2. This is not a funny movie. There were maybe like 1 or 2 jokes. This film is all about gorey fugged up poo being done to these five people. These really are some EVIL dead fuggers. This was easily one of the goriest films I've ever seen. People carving their faces up, splitting their tongue in half with a box cutter, chopping arms off etc. etc. And it's mean as hell. This isn't "Dead Alive" fun Peter Jackson gore.

Speaking of the gore, it's pretty amazing that the effects in this movie are all practical. No CGI blood spray. No demon doing flips crawling on the walls. Everything you see looks as it would if it was actually happen. When the girl's skin is being scorched by boiling shower water, you can see and feel it. Very cool for horror movie fans that appreciate the effort that kind of stuff takes.

There isn't much character development in the film. You never really give a poo about any of the poor souls. As short as the movie is, it would have been nice to spend some time learning the characters so at least you felt a little bad when their souls are devoured.

I would not recommened taking a date to see this movie. It's not your average Friday night, "Hey let's go see this scary movie!" This is a balls to the wall hyper-gorey evil demon kill fest, with extra blood.

The director, Fede Alvarez, is obvisouly very talented. The film looks great and is very well shot. I look forward to where he will take Evil Dead next, as they have already announced a sequel being in the works. Alvarez has said that he will definitely go for a different tone in the next film. He said the best film series always have different tones, whether it is Evil Dead series or the Alien series.

If you see the film this weekend, stay after the credits for a little bonus. I didn't realize this and left early, but have read a little about what happens.

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