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Evil Dead (18)

Evil Dead (18)


Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.

The critical consensus

Fede Alvarez's horror remake doesn't better the original, but is still satisfyingly gory.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 26/03/2013

There are some nice nods to the original (the demon-cam, a tooling-up sequence, the presence of a chain saw, a blue-shirted hero), but fans will bemoan the lack of black humour. Still, given that Raimi essentially remade The Evil Dead with Evil Dead II, we’ve always got that.

**(*)(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 11/04/2013

Fede Alvarez makes some plot and character changes, but is chiefly interested in gross-out gruesomeness. Lacking Raimi’s transgressive invention and wit, there really are some things that man should not meddle with.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 14/04/2013

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.

***(*)(*)Simon Crook, Empire Online, 15/04/2013

The characters are forgettable but the horror they suffer lingers in the memory, for good or ill.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 18/04/2013

The reality is, of course, that anyone who did turn up at such an unprepossessing, not to say uncomfortable, retreat would immediately turn around and find somewhere (anywhere) else to stay. And that's even before you smell the dead cats.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 18/04/2013

Like most remakes, Evil Dead makes a miserably weak argument for its own existence – especially when stacked against a superior original.

**(*)(*)(*)John Nugent, The Skinny, 15/04/2013

The film attempts to provide grounded motivations that don’t quite square up with the fact that idiotic horror movie behaviour (of the sort expertly skewered by The Cabin in the Woods) is still required to unleash hell.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/04/2013

Anonymous, forgettable and doesn't hold a candle to the brilliant original.

**(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 18/04/2013

Despite its title, it’s very much alive – and really quite good.

****(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 28/04/2013

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.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 18/04/2013

There's more slickness than imagination on display.

Philip French, The Observer, 21/04/2013

Features about Evil Dead (18)

Fede Alvarez: How to remake a horror classic

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 19/04/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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