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Evil Dead


Evil Dead, the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot and as a loose continuation of the series, features Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with a group of friends where the discovery of a Book of the Dead unwittingly summon up dormant demons which possess the youngsters one by one.

Actors: Ellen Sandweiss , Bob Dorian , Bruce Campbell , Jim McLarty , Rupert Degas , Elizabeth Blackmore , Lou Taylor Pucci , Shiloh Fernandez , Jessica Lucas , Jane Levy
Directors: Fede Alvarez
Country: USA
Release: 2013-04-05
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  • Kevin C. Johnson

    It’s ultimately everything a modern horror movie should be.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    While Raimi’s Stooges aesthetic — which was really more prominently displayed in the sequels than in 1981’s The Evil Dead — isn’t played up here, there’s enough outrageous unreality to make the brutality go down a little easier. It isn’t quite a cartoon, but it’s close enough.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The new Evil Dead's delirious gross-out scenes spoke to me, and they go further than any mainstream picture I can think of.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    The plotting as a whole feels fresh, as does the emphasis on women strong enough to defend themselves.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Alvarez triumphs because he made one crucial decision: Avoid digital animation and use only practical in-camera special effects. He uses every trick from classic Hollywood and invents a few of his own.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Be warned that this is a movie literally awash in blood and graphic violence.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • John Semley

    The setup and geography are consistent with the original, though the film never makes the mistake of trying to rebottle the lightning that electrified Sam Raimi's movie.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • William Goss

    The downright gnarliest mainstream horror release in recent memory, Evil Dead is certainly a considerable and occasionally commendable dose of the ol’ ultra-violence, but Fede Alvarez’ Raimi-sanctioned update of 1981’s cult favorite only really has that demented determination going for it. Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Though it never channels the raw DIY energy of the original Evil Dead series — what big-budget version could? — this polished, clever remake remains true to the spirit of the original, which was at once viscerally terrifying and weirdly lighthearted.

    Slate Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    It's unlikely the movie will gain the same ardent following as Raimi's debut, but it offers enough good-time gore, goofiness, scares and screams to leave an audience feeling a certain elated exhaustion.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    Effective scares, respectful nods to its inspiration and a few new twists make the question of whether this new Evil Dead succeeds in matching its inspiration superfluous. This is one remake that succeeds on its own blood-soaked terms.

    NPR Full Review
  • John DeFore

    A gore-for-broke affair that strips the flesh off Sam Raimi's cult-beloved comic-horror franchise and exposes the demons at its core.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Boasts way better production values than the penny-pinching 1981 original and conceivably could delight genre fans who have never seen the first version or its previous remakes/sequels. But it’s bound to play best with those who catch Alvarez’s many wink-wink allusions to Raimi’s picture.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    I learned a total of two things from watching Evil Dead: No camping kit is complete without duct tape, and sometimes end credits are worth sitting through for a movie's best gag.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Evil Dead, however, accomplishes what it sets out to do: Scare viewers silly and uphold a tradition.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    An ode to the strength of onscreen horror even in its less inspired state, the new Evil Dead primarily succeeds at illustrating how the originals have managed to stand the test of time.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    So long as you grit your teeth and keep your eyes on the screen, it’s an enjoyable, if almost academic, exercise in bad taste.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Is this Evil Dead (no “The”) any good? Yes and no. It several genuinely hair-raising moments and presents, for your edification and enjoyment, some of the most graphic horror violence ever presented on the screen.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Nigel Floyd

    Despite much old-school splatter, it’s seldom frightening and oddly unfunny.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It is nowhere near as creepy as the recent indie horror "V/H/S," but it is a full-bloodedly grisly and macabre film that zaps over a few scares.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    Closer to Eli Roth than Sam Raimi, this brutal retread combines J-horror atmospherics with torture-porn kills. It’s more evisceration than invention but at least has the courage of its bloody-minded convictions.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Simon Crook

    Prepare yourself for a shock: a horror remake that, at its best, manages to recapture the original’s hardcore nastiness. It could certainly do with laughing at itself a bit more, though.

    Empire Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Doesn’t have the original’s wooden performances, puffy clothes and hairdos or its amusingly crude special effects, but it does share its blood lust.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    There is nothing about Evil Dead as groundbreaking as Raimi’s films (particularly the first two). But it’s smarter and better done than a lot of what’s come since those movies were made, which is to say there is at least some thought behind the killings.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Though Alvarez keeps us watching, he takes no real chances. Buried under all those enthusiastically mangled bodies is the comfort of familiarity. He may have intended to remake a single film, but we’ve seen this movie countless times before.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    What really matters is seeing these pretty people get put through the gory wringer, and once the unholy spirit comes calling, Evil Dead more than delivers.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The passing of the torch from Raimi to Alvarez is not a momentous occasion. In the end, who really cares? Five years from now, will you want to watch this bloody $14 million extravaganza or Raimi’s shoestring original, which was Amateur Hour elevated to pop art?

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Are we really looking to Evil Dead for gnarly possessions played straight? That’s what Alvarez gives us for an overlong stretch, until his reinterpretation of the malevolent-hand gag kicks off a last act that’s more freewheelingly, twistedly grisly. (Don’t skip the credits, because the fan-energizing momentum peaks at the very end.)

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Evil Dead is just a well-made gross-out, and it's kind of a bummer.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    More stomach-churning than soul-chilling. The list of on-screen atrocities includes attacks by nail gun, electric carving knife, chain saw, shotgun, crowbar and chunk of ceramic from a broken toilet tank, used as a crude bludgeon.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Goes overboard on the gruesome and scrimps on humor. Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell" was a much funnierchill-fest.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This isn't just a horror movie with gore - it's a gore movie, period. Blood is its raison d'etre. It's not scary. It's not shocking. It just wallows in viscera. Ho-hum. Pass the ketchup.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Evil Dead offers the core audience for modern horror plenty of reasons to jump, and then settle back, tensely, while awaiting the next idiotic trip down to the cellar beneath the demon-infested cabin in the woods.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Cory Everett

    Featuring truly shocking levels of violence but none of the wit or fun of the original, the new Evil Dead is mostly a dud.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Because while it can boast of some truly extraordinary special effects -- stomach-churning, face-hacking, arm-slicing visual effects, the kind that are sure to titillate the gleefully twisted -- this Evil Dead is far more gruesome than awesome.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    This remake of the 1981 horror classic starts well, but it soon degenerates into tiresome shock gore that overstays its welcome, despite the film's modest run time. Jane Levy as a heroin addict going through withdrawal is the one bright spot.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Though it tries — with a much too heavy hand — the new Evil Dead is far less humorous than its predecessor.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This isn't a strict remake of Sam Raimi's hugely influential 1981 horror classic, but it does include the basic framework and some visual nods to the original. On its own, it's an irredeemable, sadistic torture chamber reveling in the bloody, cringe-inducing deaths of some of the stupidest people ever to spend a rainy night in a remote cabin in the woods.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
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