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Evil Dead

The cabin-in-the-woods setting of Sam Raimi's cult classic The Evil Dead (1981) has been so widely copied that, for this remake, the screenwriters (among them Diablo Cody of Juno fame) have added a character wrinkle: this time the young people are not vacationing but trying to help one of them (Jane Levy) kick heroin. Given all the mayhem that ensues, this idea is quickly dropped, but you have to give them credit for trying. As with most millennial remakes of post-Vietnam horror classics, there isn't much to do here except turn the gore up to 11; if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to jam a chainsaw into someone's mouth (and who hasn't?), this will give you a good working idea. Fede Alvarez directed, and Lou Taylor Pucci is pretty good as the hippie character who always gets it in these movies.



  • Fede Alvarez


  • Jane Levy
  • Shiloh Fernandez
  • Lou Taylor Pucci
  • Jessica Lucas
  • Elizabeth Blackmore
  • Phoenix Connolly
  • Jim McLarty
  • Sian Davis
  • Stephen Butterworth
  • Karl Willetts
  • Randal Wilson
  • Rupert Degas
  • Bob Dorian
  • Ellen Sandweiss


  • Rob Tapert
  • Sam Raimi
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Nathan Kahane
  • Joe Drake
  • J.R. Young
  • Peter Schlessel

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