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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.