67
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      Evil Dead

      Sam Raimi may be more familiar to most people for being the director of the Tobey Maguire "Spiderman" trilogy or "Drag me to Hell" and even more recently by directing "Oz: The Great and Powerful". Yet, in 1981, when he was an unknown, he secured $90,000, some amateur actors, two-by-fours for camera rigs and went into the woods and filmed one of the most respected horror movies of all-time. Yes, "Evil Dead" 2013 is a remake and even though the original stands alone, I think it deserved a remake.

      The premise has been done and overdone and even mocked a bit in the recent "Cabin in the Woods", but that is just how influential the 1981 "Evil Dead" was to the horror community. The remake is directed by Fede Alvarez and produced this time by Sam Raimi and original star of the movie Bruce Campbell. Knowing this, I assumed that we would see the same movie with better technology. I was wrong. Don??t go into the 2013 "Evil Dead" expecting to see the same movie. It??s similar, but original.

      "Suburgatory" star Jane Levy plays Mia, a girl with a drug addiction. Her friends and brother have brought her to the ??cabin?? in order to have an intervention. This storyline alone adds to the original of just kids in a cabin. It gives the characters depth. As the events begin to unfold, you understand why the slow takeover of demons is at first undetectable. Not to mention, it gives you a place to feel comfortable with the characters before ripping the hope from your heart that anything good is going to happen.

      The depth of character was a huge added improvement to the remake, but the creators really slammed the gore into overdrive and something else was missing. The original was a gore fest in its own right, with dismemberments and pitchforks and cackling severed heads, but this time, they really poured it on. This is not a bad thing, although there was something the original had, that I didn??t feel; a haunting overall mood.

      The original just felt creepy and quiet. Raimi let his camera work and the natural sounds do the work. Then when the shock moments happened, they were like something out of thin air. The unpolished nature of the 1981 movie was its best asset. This version, while still a good film, is polished. It has been hollywoodized and therefore loses that haunting, quiet, what-is-going-to-happen-next tension.

      This is not a remake of the same film. It is a remake, but it isn??t the same film. "Evil Dead" 2013 pays homage to the original, but also goes off in its own directions and that to me, makes up for a lot of its downsides. Some of the moments that stuck in my head from the original are gone from the new film, but there are plenty new images to stick in my head from this one. The most shocking thing about "Evil Dead" 2013 is that this is Fede Alvarez??s first film. Remember that name. He has a brilliant eye for lighting, camera use and settings, especially for a rookie.