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In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

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Release date: Apr 5, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language
 
Official website: http://www.evildead-movie.com/
 
Runtime: 91 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 83
    The A.V. Club - by 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. ...read more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly - by 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. ...read more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by 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. ...read more

  • 75
    Portland Oregonian - by Stephen Whitty
    Be warned that this is a movie literally awash in blood and graphic violence. ...read more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by 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. ...read more

  • 75
    Film.com - by 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. ...read more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by 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. ...read more

  • 70
    NPR - by 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. ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by 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. ...

  • 70
    Variety - by 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. ...read more

  • 67
    Tampa Bay Times - by 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. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    Evil Dead, however, accomplishes what it sets out to do: Scare viewers silly and uphold a tradition. ...read more

  • 67
    indieWIRE - by 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. ...read more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by 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. ...read more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by 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. ...read more

  • 60
    Arizona Republic - by 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. ...

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by 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. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by 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. ...read more

  • 50
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    Evil Dead is just a well-made gross-out, and it's kind of a bummer. ...read more

  • 50
    Washington Post - by 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. ...read more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Goes overboard on the gruesome and scrimps on humor. Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell" was a much funnierchill-fest. ...read more

  • 50
    ReelViews - by 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. ...read more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune - by 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. ...read more

  • 42
    The Playlist - by 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. ...read more

  • 25
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    Though it tries — with a much too heavy hand — the new Evil Dead is far less humorous than its predecessor. ...read more

  • 25
    Chicago Sun-Times - by 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. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Jeff Lebowski

    The Evil Dead was a stunning picture that redefined horror. Sam Raimi’s film was terrifying and had wonderful effects and the filmmakers worked with a shoestring budget and were able to pull something truly unique with The Evil Dead. The classic had a sense of atmosphere and brooding tension, which added so much to the terrifying experience. This remake on the hand just suffers from start to finish. The only thing that makes film stand out is the gore effects, and they are quite good and very well done. However where the film lacks significantly is that it relies too closely on the original film to create its scares. Unfortunately this is where the movie fails. Aside from a few changed scenes, this is practically the same film. What made the original so good was the craft, the effort put into it that made it a terrific film to watch. However this one has a bigger budget a bad cast and a poorly written script with few cringe worthy bits of dialogue. I was very much disappointed with the result of this remake, and I thought it was a movie that was killed by way too much praise. I think that they stop remaking every single horror classic because no matter how much you tweak every single imperfection, the remake will never outdo the original. Evil Dead was yet another pitiful, overrated film that just didn’t deliver. Sure it had the gore, and if that’s what you’re looking for, then you may enjoy it, but you want real tension with your gore, you’ll sadly be disappointed. I wanted to be terrified and have a good time, but I simply didn’t. There are some remakes that work and some that don’t. Evil Dead is such a film. There is plenty of splatter effects here, with none of the chills and tension of the original. This is an overrated piece of film that never should have been made.