Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66% (Critics) / 82% (Audience)
Directed By: Fede Alvarez
Written By: Fede Alvarez and Diablo Cody
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas and Lou Taylor Pucci
Studio: TriStar Pictures
Synopsis: 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. (Source)
As a devout horror fan I was geeked out like a mofo at the unrelentingly gory and graphic violence that makes up pretty much the entirety of this movie. Body parts go flying at an alarming rate and no breaks are given to the viewer in the form of cutaways or fades to black…we see every horribly wonderful second of brutality and it is great.
Kudos go to director Fede Alvarez for the way he shoots this movie. While throwing in many shots that are direct reshots of the original film, Alvarez also does some pretty inventive things with camera angles and slow reveals.
And Jane Levy spends the last 15 or so minutes of this movie channeling the amazing Bruce Campbell and completely made me want to see more of her going HAM with a chainsaw on evil bastards.
While there are moments of fun in this movie it could have used a bit more humor especially in the early scenes with the principal characters where the viewer is forced to sit through an episode of backwoods INTERVENTION.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS was a constant presence in my head while watching this film. Every time one of the characters did something completely stupid and illogical (and believe me there were many instances) I immediately started thinking that there was a control room somewhere nearby the cabin with a bunch of horror movie programmers controlling the character’s every move. Damn you Joss Whedon!!!!
Final Verdict: A love letter to horror fans and a respectful recreation of a horror gem. Sure the standard horror movie tropes are littered throughout but in the grand scheme of things people acting like morons is what you expect from a movie like this. While not for the faint of heart or the easily traumatized, the EVIL DEAD remake is a truly worthy addition to a classic horror franchise. And makes sure to stay through the end credits.