CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Well folks, you can go ice skating with Satan, and you might see some pigs in the air because Hollywood has finally remade what is considered a classic and didn't screw it up at all. Who would have thought it possible?
By today's horror standards, "Evil Dead" is an absolute triumph. It makes an effort to have you connect just a little with the characters before they die, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and the most important thing? It's a genuinely fun movie.
Besides its name, this remake of the 1981 cult classic shares only the basic concept with its predecessor: five friends are alone in a cabin in the woods, and one of them is stupid enough to unleash an ancient evil despite being warned not to. After that, it's only a matter of time before they start dropping like flies in absurdly hilarious and gory ways.
Since the original was so light on plot, it caught me completely off guard that the remake is just the opposite. Instead of merely wanting to vacation, four of the friends are helping one overcome a drug addiction by cutting her off cold turkey.
As the movie unfolds, there are plenty of twists and turns, especially during the last half hour. Because of that, I can't talk too much about the plot.
"Dead" clearly knows how the audience expects the film to play out, and it completely toys with our preconceived notions. It also clearly knows the fan base loves the series' gore and cranks it up to 11.
Aside from mild CGI in the beginning when someone is burned alive, all of the effects are just heavy makeup and props. This leads to some truly grotesque moments. As a fan of gore, I'm proud to admit that some of the shots made me sick to my stomach.
"Dead" also features some very well-placed jump scares, so the horror is not solely based on dismembered body parts.
This is definitely not the original "Evil Dead," but that's a good thing. The point of a remake is to take the idea of the original and expand on it while updating it for modern audiences. Few remakes seem to grasp this concept, but luckily, that's not the case here.If you're looking for a horror movie with great visuals and atmosphere, along with a few scares and buckets upon buckets of fake blood, then "Evil Dead" is a must-see.