In 1981, Evil Dead placed on the map the aspiring filmmaker Sam Raim. The inventive film mixing scares and gore (blood and filths) with a ragtime good humor, headed by prominent chin of Bruce Campbell, the protagonist.
Three decades later, the genre of movie-of-cabin that Evil Dead helped define reached the point of exhaustion. Simplistic terror “five victims awaiting their fate” underwent changes, twists and attempted reinvention, culminating in exaggerated – and that somehow represent this theme decontrol – The Cabin in the Woods.
It’s only fair, then, that Raimi himself, now a superstar direction, return to the abandoned cabin in the woods to take control of this subgenre of fear again.
However, Raimi, wisely, the film delivers a rookie, emulating his own past. Fede Alvarez, the Uruguayan who made a short film Panic Attack! in 2009, directed and co-wrote Evil Dead (2013). The story follows five friends (Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore) staying in an isolated cabin in the woods for detoxification treatment of younger patients (whose symptoms possession mingle with the reflections abstinence). As in the original, but there discover the “Book of the Dead”, which releases a demonic spirit that possesses one by one, the unwary.
Initially, the major difference is the same tone. Forget the hysterical/grotesque humor of Raimi. Alvarez is in it for the shock. Through practical purposes – that are highly realistic screen – Uruguayan director search some of the most graphically intense scenes of the recent terror. And take water tanks of vomited blood, several members cutting blades, shattered brains, loose nails and other violent afflictions . No room for comic relief, but the tone 100 % devoted to gore just like every good movie genre, drawing strength from this violence. When everything is violent, you lose the reference. At least for those who have not impressed with that kind of production.
The new Evil Dead surprising even in its third act, moving away from the original and giving new ideas to the series, which are consistent with any and interesting enough. And if the trailers were selling what looked like a restart for Evil Dead, just stay tuned to the cabin to realize that actually it is a continuation (also stay until the end of the credits). The odd thing now is to see how Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and co. will continue the saga with demonic protagonists (and tones) as distinct .
Director: Fede Alvarez
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas