The Evil Dead Remake has landed in theaters with a storm. Many die hard horror fans had a fit after it was announced and I for one was one of them. The thought of Fede Alverez the director taking a classic and removing the key character of ASH and casting a bunch of young twenty somethings made my blood boil.
Bruce Campbell a man of great character was one of the first to come out and tell his legions of fans 'dont panic this movie will be amazing'. With his comments an awesome trailer and great buzz from die hard horror fans who saw it early it became clear that us older fans needed to pull the stick out and give it a chance.
The fact they stayed true to the original focus of Sam Raimi's classic and opted to use no CGI and tried very hard to push the envelope intrigued me. Three of our writers have now seen it and posted their Evil Dead reviews on site and its for the most part all glowing comments.
Our writers are not the only ones who loved it as the movie brought in around $12million at the box office which is spectacular given that Evil Dead did not have a big hollywood budget. Evil Dead which was produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell had a budget of $17million which means that the movie will turn a massive profit ensuring that the sequel which we already know is in the works will definitely go ahead.
Number two at the box office was Jurassic Park 3D with roughly $7million. These are Friday only numbers so stay tuned and we will see just how much money that Raimi and Campbell made come Monday. As far as what the die hard horror fans are saying our writer DirtyGirl says in her review;
There are several reasons this remake is well done. First, it is gory as hell! Even more so than the original was and the effects are very well done. It is by far the goriest movie I have seen in wide release at my local theatre. Second, there is no humour to lighten the mood. It is a straight up old-fashioned Horror movie. A roller coaster ride of blood and guts. But don’t get me wrong, there are very few outright scary scenes. Third, there are several Easter Eggs from the original movies sprinkled throughout.If you are an Evil Dead fan, you will enjoy picking them out when you see them. Several scenes and props are reused from the originals, but they are all slightly tweaked or changed a bit. Like the writers did a shuffle between all of the characters, resulting in a very interesting mix. Things just don’t quite line up the same way as before. However many of Raimi’s original ideas are there… the Chainsaw, the shotgun, the tree rape scene, and even the Oldsmobile.
Dead Air who has been absent for months returned from his work in the wild just to review Evil Dead saying;
There are countless moments throughout the movie that are nods back to the original trilogy. Be it camera angles, lines of dialogue or the pacing of the film but at the same time it isn’t an hour and thirty minute inside joke that new comers to the series will be left out of.There is a fine balancing act that Alverez performs by doing justice to the franchise but also making it his own. The third act is entirely new and feels unique and fresh, while the first two acts seem like a glowing tribute to the source material.
And last but certainly not least we have Flay Otter's thoughts on Evil Dead. His was the first review for the film and he writes;
I felt a great sense of relief walking out of the theatre last night after seeing Evil Dead for what was the first of likely many times. Relief in that I finally got a chance to see the thing, relief in that it was an absolute blast and really well done and relief in that all the buildup and hype and noise surrounding the project was justified in spades.It would have been a profound letdown to have been given a less-than-stellar film that didn’t live up to all the excitement, expectation and hysteria that preceded it.
Now for all you old school horror fans it is worth noting that the original Evil Dead was no slouch when it came to generating money. Although it wasnt a huge box office hit the original film made $29million world wide according to TheNumbers
Army of Darkness which to this date is one of my favorite horror comedies of all time also made $22million according to the same source. With talk of a remake of Army of Darkness that will tie all the movies together I am happy to see the new Evil Dead not only resonate with fans but also make enough money that the potential for the Army of Darkness sequel or remake is actually possible.
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