The second trailer for Fede Alvarez’s reboot of Sam Raimi’s the “Evil Dead” came out a few days ago, and it goes without saying that it’s not exactly safe for work. Or children. Or anyone bothered by violence bordering on sadism.
That being said, it’s hard to tell from the trailer if the reboot offers more than more interesting ways to kill people.
I don’t mind a bit of the red stuff, but if I am given a choice I will always take the film with not only innovative gore, but some degree of character development.
Though there are advantages to this new production, the most important of which is that it’s approved not only by Sam Raimi (the director of the original) but Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert (the lead actor and producer of the first film).
What is most amazing is that this is the first film that Alvarez has done (he was chosen on the strength of a short he directed in 2009 called “Panic Attack!”).
For me the benchmark that such films should be judged by is Carter Smith’s “The Ruins.” Remarkably gory, with acting that isn’t treated as an afterthought, it’s worth catching if you haven’t seen it.