Reviewed by: Liz Watkins
fight for survival
recovering from drug addiction
demons in the Bible
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Jane Levy … Mia
Shiloh Fernandez … David
Lou Taylor Pucci … Eric
Jessica Lucas … Olivia
Elizabeth Blackmore … Natalie
Phoenix Connolly … Teenager
Jim McLarty … Harold
Sian Davis … Old Woman
Stephen Butterworth … Toothless Redneck
Karl Willetts … Long Haired Redneck
Randal Wilson … Abomination Mia
Rupert Degas … Demon (voice)
Bob Dorian … Professor Knowby from the Original ’Evil Dead’ (voice)
Ellen Sandweiss … Cheryl from the Original ’Evil Dead’ (voice)
Inca … Grandpa the Dog
Ghost House Pictures
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|Distributor:||TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures|
“The most terrifying film you will ever experience,” is the advertised tagline for 2013’s “Evil Dead.” This film is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. The story is based on 1981’s “The Evil Dead” directed by Sam Raimi who also served as producer on the new film.
In 1981, “The Evil Dead” received a NC-17 rating for its graphic violence. Today’s version receives an ‘R’ rating, even though its violence and gore far surpasses its predecessor and matches, or maybe even outdoes, most modern horror films.
The story revolves around a group of friends taking a friend to a remote cabin to be with her while she goes through withdrawal after quitting her drug addiction. While settling in, they discover a hidden basement filled with dead animals and burn marks. They also find a bound book, the Book of the Dead. When one of the friends reads from the book, demons are released from the woods and try to possess the group as they fight for their lives.
Here are the positives about the film first, since there are very few when compared to the negatives. Some of the cinematography is very well done. The camera angles add to the eerie feeling of the film, and there are a few shots that pay homage to 1981’s “The Evil Dead.” There are a few good scare moments that are not gore infused. There is an emphasis on strong friendships and a recovering brother/sister relationship, as they try to help their friend recover from drug addiction. There is also a very short scene after the credits for fans of the original.
Now to the negatives. The themes of this movie are very disturbing. It emphasizes occult and demonic activity. There are mentions of Hell, but no mentions of God or Heaven. The violence is extremely graphic. I can mostly watch the “Saw” movies without blinking, but this one had some scenes that were hard to stomach. From the very first scene of the movie, there are disturbing images and violence. There is one particularly horrific scene involving tree roots attacking a girl. Stabbings and dismemberments abound. There are also many animal deaths that may bother people. How this movie obtained an ‘R’ rating, I cannot tell. It shows how lax our society has become in our tolerance of violence.
There is very little sexual content in the film. Some of the images in the Book of the Dead depict drawings of naked women, but there are no other nudity or sexual acts shown. Some of the girls wear very short or low cut clothing at times. The language is extreme, and there are many vulgar phrases used. There are around 30+ f-words, 5 religious profanities, and 10+ other vulgar words and terms.
This is not a feel good movie in any way. The images of demonic possession and hopelessness of the characters are truly distressing. Scripture supports the existence of demons, but we have assurance in Jesus Christ. James 2:19 states,
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Moderate to heavy
demons in the Bible
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