My History With the Film:
I love The Evil Dead franchise. It was one of my most beloved franchises growing up and I spent years waiting for a Bruce Campbell led sequel to Army of Darkness. Instead, I was treated with a re-make of the original film (which had already happen in Evil Dead 2) and I was not excited at all.
One very slow day at the movie theater I worked in, my fellow manager told me to go watch Evil Dead while she covered the floor. So, I obliged and I loved it.
I don’t think I realize how much I loved it until a couple years later when I re-watched it and realized it checked off all the boxes of stuff I love in horror. The sound editing was amazing. The music was frightening and overpowering. The gore was over the top. The story was solid and the acting was above par. I was so worried that I could never enjoy a movie like this again after Cabin in the Woods came out, and I was thankful Evil Dead made sure that wasn’t the case.
This is my favorite horror movie of all-time.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A group of friends take a young girl to a wooded cabin to help her detox. While in the cabin, they discover The Book of the Dead and release the deadities.
What I Liked About It:
-The thing I love most about this film is the sound. It’s so loud at times and the music is so disorientating it really taps into something that frightens me. Not many horror movies give me that overwhelming sense of dread, but Evil Dead does every time I watch it.
-The movie uses a ton of practical effects, which I think also enriched my enjoyment of it.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-The filmmakers used 70,000 gallons of fake blood and used 50,000 gallons in the final scene alone.
-Most of the film was shot in sequence so that the crew would not have to worry about cleaning up blood or gore, they could just leave it on the walls as the story progresses.
-An extended cut was aired on British television in 2015 for one day and has never been seen again.
I rate Evil Dead (2013) a five out of five and say it’s a must see.