A group of friends arrive at a deserted cabin in the middle of the woods to help support one of the group who is about to kick a substance abuse habit by going cold turkey. Things don’t quite go to plan, and evil soon seeps in.
First Half Review
So here we have a REMAKE of the Evil Dead. Yeah yeah yeah, the director is calling it a “re-imagining” and you can argue that point, I suppose, but at heart, it’s a remake,
The movie doesn’t have a Ash type character to be honest it doesn’t have any standout character. It has homages to the original “Evil Dead” and “Evil Dead 2” but it lacks the charm and wit of these cheap, cheesy, ’80s B – movies.
So instead, it goes for scares. Which it lacks, to be honest. Sure, it has jumpy moments but after the 3rd time of the camera panning to an over the shoulder, out of focus monster behind you, it starts to lose it’s charm. It too often foreshadows what’s meant to come, be it a chainsaw or a look in the basement. It takes the horror and replaces it with gore. And the gore itself isn’t scary.
So the monsters in this are quite particular about the conditions that must be met in order for them to arrive. Eating of said numbers of souls etc etc. Now, there are 5 souls we have here: Mia, David, victim 1,2,3.
Mia is a heroin addict and her friends have taken her to the cabin in the woods to detox her. I will admit this is an excellent concept as the things she says are what a junkie will say to get what they want. Her friends are having none of it. Which is a lot better than the “i just saw something in the woods” followed by “you’re drunk” “you’re seeing things” it was probably nothing” “you’re a scaredy cat” tropes.
We have the tree scene which the movie actually gives a reason for. The oldsmobile, which people debate is Ash’s car and this is set in the same universe, is present. Yes, I have seen and read people’s debate about the “Evil Dead” timeline, but this is not the place to get into it.
Now the other rumour is that there will be a sequel with Ash returning and there will be an Army of Darkness 2. But now we are getting off topic a bit. So back to the remake.
Everyone thinks the junkie is trying to get away as she doesn’t want to be there which, to be fair, is true. No one likes going cold turkey.
During the course of “Cabin in the Woods”, whoops, sorry, “Evil Dead”, We find something in plastic and wrapped in barbed wire. So what should we do? Cut it open and find out it’s a book which has stitches on a skin like cover and words written over it saying “don’t read this”, “it won’t burn”, “you’re going to die”, and all straightforward warnings.
But nah, lets read the text anyway. That happens and then shit goes down for the next 60 minutes.
While I don’t think it’s a bad movie, it’s neither scary nor as memorable as the original. Also last year’s fantastic “Cabin in the Woods” has kind of ruined it as Scream did for the slasher genre in the 90s and 2000’s.
If you like the original you’re probably going to see it for comparative reasons and cause you enjoy horror movies. If you don’t like horror movies this isn’t as gory as say Saw or Hostel, and probably won’t keep you awake at night.
There is like with every movie these days a scene at the end which I would say stay for, it’s “Groovy”
Second Half Review
Finally got to see this movie! After a mental week in work, I was looking forward to the slightly dangerous thrill (for me anyway) of going to see a horror movie. Sure, I saw it at 6 p.m. on a Saturday evening, but how and ever.
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the 1980’s original “Evil Dead” so this was going to be a completely new movie to me. I didn’t really know what to expect beyond the usual horror tropes, which are all there, in abundance, but didn’t seem to irritate me as much as they usually did.
The movie opens with a guy arriving at some decrepit old cabin, with his nondescript and totally forgettable girlfriend (Natasha? Katie?). Turns out his sister, Mia, is going to be going cold turkey, from some unknown drug. Old friends, Nurse Girl (Olivia? Maria?) and Super Irritating White Guy (Ethan? Eoin?) are also along for the ride. NG states that under no circumstances should they allow Mia to leave, as she will try every trick in the book to try and leave once withdrawal truly sets in. Big Bro David says that he can’t promise he won’t take Mia back to wherever, but he will try to keep her in the cabin.
I have to say, I have never seen any of these actors in anything before. I wasn’t bowled over by any of their performances, but Jane Levy’s “Mia” was probably the best. Shiloh Fernadez’s “David” seemed to muted, and disconnected a lot of the time. Lou Taylor Pucci (SIWG) and Jessica Lucas (NG) were unremarkable, but this may have been more to do with the script than anything else.
The concept of the movie, the cold turkey house, was a really nice twist. Mia’s possession, in the early stages, mirrors quite accurately the initial stages of withdrawal from a narcotic. And, of course, by the time the others find out what is truly happening, its too late.
I was kind of concerned, before I went to see this, about the gore, as I am a “hide behind my hands/cushion/available friend until its gone away” kind of gal. But I need not have worried. After the initial “urgh, that’s awful!” you become almost expectant of it, and I was left disgusted and slightly in awe at the special effects, in all the right places. The audible reactions of the cinema audience when a hollow needle made its appearance was enough to make me smile!
I’d recommend to go see this movie. It’s not scary, there are no thought provoking moments. It’s old fashioned gore, with a highly polished edge. Plus its short, clocking in at about 90 minutes. If you’re a fan of horror, go check it out.
First Half Review TL: DR – No Bruce Campbell *sad face*
Second Half Review TL: DR – Any twat dumb enough to read THAT book deserves to get his soul eaten.