The Reel: Catch “The Evil Dead” before its 2013 remake


Ben Conniff

Since the Red Band trailer for its 2013 remake was released last month, I’ve been wanting to see Sam Raimi’s original horror classic “The Evil Dead.” Some of my friends have seen it and regard it as one of their favorite horror movies.

Over Halloween, I was upset when I went looking for it on Netflix and found that it wasn’t there. But of course, in typical fashion, they decided to make it available in November after the Halloween season had ended. Nevertheless, this didn’t keep me from immediately jumping at the chance to watch this film, and I’m really glad I did.

“The Evil Dead” is awesome, bloody fun that actually delivers some genuine scares among the onslaught of 80s-grade special effects. I was under the impression that this may have been a horror-comedy, but I was corrected by a friend who told me the film isn’t so much a horror-comedy as it is a horror movie with a few comedic elements.

I agree with this assertion. It wasn’t a hilarious horror-comedy like “Zombieland” or “Tucker & Dale vs Evil.” And it didn’t deliver the same amount of chuckles as Joss Whedon’s meta-horror flick “The Cabin in the Woods.” In my opinion, “The Evil Dead” is more gut-wrenching than torture-porn such as “Saw,” but there were elements that had me laughing out loud.

My favorite part was when Bruce Campbell falls into a pit and severs his girlfriend’s head. (Hear me out…) Her headless corpse lands on top of him, and he gets a big ol’ burst of delicious, corn-syrupy blood right in the face from his girl’s headless stump. Absolutely repulsive, but I laughed so hard.

I also enjoyed the twist where the girls get possessed by the demons, change back to normal, and then go back to being possessed. This throws a nifty curveball at our hero, and it’s fun to see how he deals with it.

“The Evil Dead” debuted in 1981, and I just watched it for the first time in 2012. Thirty years later, the original is one of the goriest and nastiest horror movies I’ve seen, and the idea of making it edgier for a modern day audience scares the heck out of me. Its remake is due out in theaters Spring 2013.

Expect a hard R-rating with more gore than you’ve ever seen before. If you’ve checked out the intense Red Band trailer online, I think it will only get crazier from there. I urge you to watch it on Netflix before next year’s remake.

Ben Conniff is a Villa Hills sophomore marketing major with a minor in film studies. For more commentary, follow him on Twitter @thereelbennyc