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Reviews: Evil Dead (2013)

evil_deadReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: It reminds you that what makes horror movies so much fun is seeing them with a crowd of fellow horror fans. It’s also nice to see the “Evil Dead” franchise reanimate itself and provide us with what we really want: hope for “Army of Darkness 2” and the return of Bruce Campbell as Ash.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: In 2013, a story about characters stranded in the woods against forces of evil requires some irony and humor, two things Evil Dead is almost altogether devoid of. In lieu of creative thrills, the movie unfolds with gruesome images it rightfully expects to draw an easy, audible reaction from packed theaters.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Rather overt about its intentions to replace the campfire story creepiness of [the original] with over-the-top gore effects and a truly unfortunate reliance on jump scares.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Enrique Buchichio @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Dudo que Evil dead sea “la experiencia más aterradora que vas a vivir”, como promete la promoción de la película, pero sí hay que decir que estamos ante uno de los films más dignos que ha dado el cine de horror en mucho tiempo.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s easily the goriest, most visceral, goopiest, bloody and violent movie I’ve seen with an R rating. But that’s the point, and it was a lot of fun to watch.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: I always say you have to watch 100 horror films to find a good one. This is the good one.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …when the last one left standing is basically a cypher compared to all the other dead friends, it becomes apparent that the filmmakers are less concerned with telling a story than with cleverly putting one over on their well-versed audience.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [A] geek show masquerading as horror.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Hollywood pathetically attempts to recapture the glory of the past…
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Sticky, balls-to-the-wall, and proudly and awesomely disgusting, “Evil Dead” is also non-stop fun.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: Every “scare” is underlined with an outrageously overwrought music cue, as if Alvarez doesn’t trust himself enough to be scare the audience, so he overemphasizes every moment to the point of silliness
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: The fake blood looks more realistic, but that’s about the only thing this remake has over the original.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Evil Dead is full of jump scares, escalating tension, and legitimately unsettling moments. Director Fede Alvarez bludgeons you across the face with blood and gut as he does his best to ape Sam Raimi in tone and style.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Dead on.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies
    • Excerpt: Although Evil Dead does not quite elevate its shock value as heavy-handed as some of its corrosive contemporaries (i.e. “Hostel” and the “Saw” series), Alvarez ensures that the high energy of ghoulish outrageousness is fortifying enough for those that appreciate the old-fashioned horror genre and its heightened skin-crawling kitsch.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Here’s splatter movie comprised entirely (or almost-entirely) of traditional practical f/x work that delights in showering the screen with amounts of blood and gore so high they enter the subversive Dead Alive territory. Groovy, indeed.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience? Hardly.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • [New – 11/28] | Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: The mania that animated the early incarnations is missing; “Evil Dead” has turned into one of its literal-minded imitators. This movie replays the formula last year’s The “Cabin in the Woods” satirized almost to the script beat.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: There’s a depressing familiarity to everything in this movie.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Too slapdash to function as a fussed-over exploration of the original film’s particulars, and too stodgy to serve as a successor to its namesake’s spirit of X-Rated creepshow lunacy.
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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