Evil Dead (2013)
I'm a pretty big Evil Dead fan, so I had some trepidation going into it. I know the film had the blessing and backing of Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, but that didn't necessarily mean anything. I'm sure a few of the other remakes out there had the blessing too and most of them have been rubbish, honestly. I also didn't like the idea of Diablo Cody being involved, as I loathed Juno, or more specifically, the way she had people speak. Since she was punching up the dialogue, I shuddered to think of what I might hear upon viewing it.
As it was, upon viewing it, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. It hearkened back to the original film. Any humor in this movie is dark, not the Three Stooges-esque slapstick of the sequels. And there's blood and gore. It flows in rivers. People lose arms and hands and Chekov's nailgun is fired several times after being introduced in the early parts of the movie. A chainsaw makes an appearance and so does the Classic. It's everything you could want from an Evil Dead movie.
It even had a good reason for them to go to the cabin in the first place. Mia (Jane Levy), is a drug addict and her friends and brother are holding an intervention for her to help her kick the stuff once and for all. Unfortunately, they find a book and its warnings are not heeded and an evil is loosed upon the forest. Mia is the first taken by it and everyone just thinks she's having a really bad time going cold turkey. Soon enough, it's apparent that she isn't and the non-possessed members have to find a way to save her or save themselves.
It's a fun ride once it gets started and I'm happy I checked it out. Jane Levy gives a wonderful performance that gave me chills and the rest of the cast was good as well. The only thing I thought was a little unnecessary was the opening scene, which deals with characters we never see or hear about again who are themselves dealing with an evil in the basement of the cabin. I guess it is there to spell out that the book is looking for someone to corrupt.
Check it out.