Here’s a quickie about this if you’re on the fence whether or not to see this this weekend (and the we’ll get into some deeper thoughts below): this is a total must-see-in-the-theater if you’re into stuff like this, but be warned, it’s a bloody, bloody motherfucker with a handful of seriously sphincter clenching, squirm moments. I don’t think anyone will come out of this thinking it’s the most terrifying thing they’ve ever seen, but it’s good, good, bloody fun! Now scurry on out to the theater, grab some nachos and have a good time!
Now… let’s see what we’ve got. First – I am now fully in ❤ with Jane Levy. I really like her TV show “Suburgatory” but she’s won me over with her performance in this. I LOVED her! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s some history with me and the Deadites…
I remember the days when there used to be a single, stand-alone movie theater that you and the family could go to that showed ONE movie for a month. I also remember when it was safe for a fifteen year old to walk a mile with his buddy to this theater at night and not have to fear for their lives. So – in 1987, Evil Dead 2 came out and my friend and I moseyed our way to whatever that building was called because the movie poster had a big skull with eyeballs staring at us, calling us to come see it. So we did, and we loved it and then however many years later we went and saw Army of Darkness at the mall and laughed our asses off. “GROOVY……”
It wasn’t until about ten years ago or so that I had a roommate move in and we sat around drinking cheap beer and even cheaper Scotch all the time, watching his collection of old VHS tapes, that I saw the original. I don’t know if this is going to be Horror Movie Heresy but I thought the original was boring and after it was over I was all “What he hell was that?? Gross. The second was the exact same thing but less gross.” Drink, drink, “Let’s play Madden 98.” So, in my opinion, since I’m all about honesty here: The first one was lame, the second one was simply the first one with a bigger budget and some slapstick comedy, the third one was – to me – a horror comedy, so, this one, don’t throw tomatoes and cabbage at me, with it’s balls out blood, carnage, tongue in cheek references to the previous three, well done acting, Jane Levy and real, practical effects, this one….. is my favorite of them all.
The last two were just kind of silly, in my opinion, sure – great, but silly. This – this doesn’t take itself too seriously, dumps TONS of blood all over the place and all over everyone and is more of a straight up horror movie that is going to be a part of my collection when it comes out. Sure, it’s not that scary but for like minded people like our little collective out here, how long has it been since you’ve been physically scared during a movie? For me, that’s been years. I think I got a little squirmy in LOVELY MOLLY, but I haven’t had “the feeling” since I was a kid. Sure, I pooped my pants a little bit the first time I saw THE DESCENT, but it’s been a long, long time since I felt like hiding in the cupboard, crying and trembling all night.
So, yeah. I really liked this but I have a feeling it’s going to be judged harshly due to the zealousness of people who hold the first three as classics from their youth. I mean, this isn’t a stand alone film at all, because the source material is what it is, but I really dug it. I think the only problem I might have with this is that I didn’t get “The Scare” which I had kind of expected. This was totally worth the 185 dollars I spent at the concession stand : )