By Shannon Luster | Staff Writer |
“Evil Dead” promises to frighten you to the point where your stomach is out of you and onto the floor where you will soon want to hide behind your theater seat.
This horror movie soared to number one in the box-office and raked in $26 million during its opening weekend, according to the IMDb Charts.
“Evil Dead” is a remake of the 1981 cult classic, “The Evil Dead” directed and written by the well-known and talented Sam Raimi.
Raimi is a producer for this updated version, and Fede Alvarez steps in as the director and writer.
The beginning scene shows a group of friends arriving at an isolated cabin hidden deep in the woods where they soon encounter a threatening demon.
This movie is at its strongest during chase scenes when the demon terrorizes the group and will leave you on the edge of your seats.
The demon’s first appearance complete with a crazy chase in the woods is bound to horrify you and make your stomach jump.
Amazing special effects help add to the sense of dread.
They launch you straight into this world with demons, dark magic and flames.
The special effects are so realistic the demon looks like it could reach out and grab you.
A woman behind me repeatedly exclaimed, “Oh my god!” from all the suspense.
Both the original movie and updated version slowly build suspense, leaving you wondering what is hiding behind the closet door or lurking in that dark cellar.
The original score, written by composer Roque Banos, heightens the slowly building suspense throughout “Evil Dead,” and the music reaches a feverish pitch during attacks, highlighting frightening moments.
Editor Bryan Shaw finds the right moment to end and start each scene to build suspense, leaving you guessing in eager anticipation about what will happen next.
Cinematographer Aaron Morton tilts the camera, accentuating the strangeness of the events and leaving you with the sense that no character is safe in this world of old magic and demons.
This movie stars Jane Levy as the mentally fragile Mia and Shiloh Fernandez as likable David.
David and Mia are believable as brother and sister, which is a compliment to both Fernandez and Levy’s acting skills.
Their brother/sister dynamics are the strongest when David and Mia discuss past problems, especially about their mother.
David, the good guy in a tough situation, is a like able character, and you will likely relate to him as he struggles to save himself and the others.
Actors Jessica Lucas as intelligent Olivia, Elizabeth Blackmore as shy Natalie, Lou Taylor Pucci as impulsive Eric rounds out the cast.
Each actor is perfectly cast in his or her role.
The ending scene complete with an unexpected twist may surprise you and possibly sets this movie up for a sequel.
I refuse to discuss it.
That would ruin the film for the horror lovers.
Join David, Mia and their friends as they come face to face with a demon in a movie that promises to thrill and horrify.