We're closing in on our first week of the 31 days of Halloween, and we're ending it on a Gory Monday! So, let's talk about the ridiculously gory and purposefully gross film that is Evil Dead (2013.) It is a remake of the 1980's classic, The Evil Dead, which admittedly I have not seen, but I can argue that the remake is an absolutely enjoyable gore fest and one of the best horror films of the decade.
Evil Dead (2013) is a story of possession- not the Conjuring type of possession. It is in its own classification of possession. It is spewing blood, black tar, and loss of limbs possession.
The film is about Mia and her road to sobriety. She calls her closes friends and her brother out to their family lake home, where she enlists their support in her attempt to quit her drug addiction cold turkey. Initially her possession is easily mistaken for adverse withdrawal effects by everyone else- truly a clever plot device. Everything is set up from the opening of this film to let you know that these characters are not leaving this cabin.
When the group of friends find a hoard of dead animals and witchcraft remnants in the basement, the overly curious and idiotic friend takes his time to pry open and read an incantation from an evil book found. This unleashes a wrath of evil and a gruesome death for all of them.
This film almost reminds me of a modern day Hellraiser (1987.) The blood and cartilage used in it is enough to make you gag. As each character slowly succumbs to the possessive evil that haunts them, they each experience a toe-curling, spine-curving, and face-warping death that makes your eyes metaphorically bleed. It is a rollercoaster from the beginning to the very end of this film, never offering a single dull moment.
Every performance from the actors of this film is just believable enough to get you through it, but it's Jane Levy's performance that takes the cake and all the other desserts. She is terrifying, yet captivating. She truly takes on the role of evil. Jane portrays a soul tearing possession that haunts the deepest parts of my thoughts. This film belonged to her.
This is another final girl films for my 31 days of Halloween, and it is top tier quality. As blood rain falls from the sky, Mia fights to the death for her life, and even loses a hand while doing so- making her the badass of all badasses.
Besides the absolute gore fest and amazing performance from Levy, this film is just a very convenient horror film. It's packed full of fun and bloody disgusting moments, but there is little offered from the plot that would make you take it seriously. But I feel like there are some films that are made for that purpose, and they are purely enjoyable. Overall, I consider this another good day for my 31 days of Halloween.
Jacindable Rating: ★★★★
starring, Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmoore, Jim McLarty, and more
written and directed by, Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues, and Sam Raimi