Grateful ‘Dead’

Evil Dead 2013 vs. The Evil Dead 1981 – Equally Good

 

It’s not like Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” – which tackled the classic word-for-word, shot-by-shot, frame-by-frame. That would’ve been boring. “Evil Dead” (2013) is anything but boring.

I watched both the reboot and the classic this weekend. But how does the new one compare to the stellar original?

“The Evil Dead” (1981) has earned its place in history as one of the greatest horror films of all time. The cult classic was directed by Sam Raimi who would go on to helm the early 2000s “Spiderman” flicks starring Tobey Maguire, in addition to the recent “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Raimi returns as a producer on the new movie.

Made on a shoestring budget for $90,000 – “The Evil Dead” (1981) combines classic blood and gore with spot-on cinematography and cheesy special effects. It’s also funny.

Both films have a rather trite storyline, but it doesn’t matter. Twentysomething friends drive to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to stay at a dilapidated cabin in the woods. When they discover the mysterious Book of the Dead in the cellar, they mistakenly read its incantations out loud, causing demons to possess their bodies one at a time.

While the 1981 version is filled with laughs, “Evil Dead” (2013) is genuinely scary. There’s even more blood and gore and plenty of nails-on-the-chalkboard, cringeworthy scenes involving knives and razorblades. So pack up your chainsaw and head to the megaplex, or chill out at home and watch the 1981 original on Netflix Instant. Both these films get the Sonic Cereal stamp of approval.

 

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