In being produced by the talent behind the original film, this horror remake sets itself apart from the millions of other horror remakes and even introduces an element of genuine credibility. Which is more that can be said for the remake of The Fog. More
It also benefits by being a remake of the least known of the original trilogy (Evil Dead 2 was the real break-out hit), which was a premium "video nasty" back in the day.
Nasty is definitely the right word for the new film, which is so gruesome at times it made me wistful for the family entertainment of the Saw movies. Cheeks are sliced open; multiple limbs are liberated from their torsos and a Really Bad Thing happens with a box cutter.
The result of all this is a film that is more shocking than suspenseful. It's pretty impressive shock, granted, but the sheer gruesomeness of it all prevents much atmosphere or dread from taking hold.
The set-up is moderately creative – these youngsters go to the cabin in the woods to help Mia (Jane Levy) go cold turkey on her heroin addiction – and is a pretty cool justification for why everyone stays put when things turn freaky.
Amongst the moderately generic cast, Levy and Lou Taylor Pucci stick out. The former undergoes much awfulness, while the later is great as the kind of character they were making fun of with the role Fran Kranz played in The Cabin In The Woods.
I was interested enough to be invested in any potential sequels, but I was hoping for a little more dread. Still, it was a hoot to watch this in a cinema.
N.B. Stick around until after the end credits for some amusing fan-servicing. Hide