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Evil Dead (2013) is bloody good

5 Apr


Lately, the horror genre has “evolved” into scenes of torture and self-mutilation where audiences are not shuddering because the scenes are scary, but rather flinching because the ultra-violent episodes are simply too much to watch. With Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell serving as producers, Evil Dead (2013) is a faithful re-imagining of the 1981 horror classic, but it does not share the same sense of humor and fright as the original. However, Director Fede Alvarez is not afraid to push the limits and his propensity for blood will more than satisfy contemporary audiences.

The film is a creepshow with five unsuspecting friends finding the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead) in a remote cabin. Unknowingly, they summon the evil lurking in the woods, which begins to possess them one by one. Alvarez’s reinterpretation of the script is solid and his use of practical special effects contributes to the film’s successful execution. I like this version. It is bloody good.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Total Recall (2012) should not be remembered

1 Jan


Total Recall (2012) is an ambitious sci-fi film that attempts to separate itself from the original blockbuster starring Arnold Schwartzenegger and Sharon Stone by creating a visually exciting future with a much different set of circumstances. There are a couple elements from the original film found in the script, but for the most part it cannot escape the dystopian world it has created. On the one hand, it was a bold choice to abandon Mars and to travel through the Earth, but on the other hand it becomes too difficult for most audiences to suspend their disbelief.  Although, it would be easy to blame Colin Farrell for not filling Schwartzenegger’s humongous shoes,  the real criticism should be directed towards the miscasting of Kate Beckinsale as Farrell’s undercover wife. There is no connection between the two actors and Beckinsale is given some of the worst lines to say in the movie. The remake falls short of expectations and should not be remembered.


Chuck’s Grade: C

Adam’s Grade: N/A