Evil Dead remake a 'brilliant twist' on Raimi's horror classic

Apr 19, 2013

Prepare yourself for a shock - this bold, brilliant, blood-spattered remake lives up to the original

What you need to know
A remake of Sam Raimi's influential 1981 cult horror film Evil Dead opens in UK cinemas today. The reboot is a feature film debut for Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez, who was chosen for the project by Raimi.

Evil Dead tells the story of five 20-something friends staying in a remote cabin in the woods where they try to help a friend with drug problems. When they discover a Book of the Dead they unwittingly summon up dormant demons who possess each member of the group, until only one remains to fight for survival. Stars Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez.

What the critics like
Alvarez's reboot is "an effectively relentless gore-fest", says Bruce Diones in the New Yorker. Breathlessly paced and filled with wonderfully bizarre camera angles, it succeeds in ratcheting up the tension that the original lacked.

Prepare yourself for a shock, says Simon Crook in Empire. Here's a horror remake that recaptures the original's hardcore nastiness, but with "a multiple goregasm climax" that puts the original's massacre to shame.

"A must-see for horror fans, Evil Dead is great fun from start to finish," says Ben Rawson-Jones on Digital Spy. Alvarez pays homage to the franchise while creating a bold, brilliant and blood-splattered twist on the gory original.

What they don't like
There are some things that shouldn't be meddled with, says Siobhan Synnot in The Scotsman. Fede Alvarez is chiefly interested in gross-out gruesomeness, but "lacks Raimi's transgressive invention and wit".

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