Tree rape, facial mutilation, self-amputation and more – director Fede Alvarez quite literally put his cast through hell so we can revel in the horrifying and surprisingly gorgeous show of violence that is “Evil Dead.”
Jane Levy leads as Mia, a young woman who’s one drug overdose away from losing her life. In an effort to get her clean once and for all, her childhood friends, Eric and Olivia (Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas), her big brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), and his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), commit to secluding themselves to their family cabin and helping her through the withdrawal until she’s free and clear of the temptation. Trouble is, Mia and David’s favorite family getaway isn’t as charming and cozy as it used to be. Someone else was in the house since their last visit and while they’re long gone now, they left an unspeakable evil behind.
Turns out the endless hours of being caked in carnage and many long, long showers were well worth it because this “Evil Dead” remake is absolutely brimming with incredible shows of demonic possession, cringe worthy acts of violence, and wildly vibrant buckets of blood. Hear all about what it takes to succumb to the evil, make it rain blood and more straight from Levy, Fernandez, Pucci, Lucas, and Blackmore in the video interview below and be sure to catch “Evil Dead” when it hits theaters on April 5th.
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Extreme gore paired with the most minimal story support is generally not a good thing – unless you’ve got a man like Fede Alvarez behind the lens.
After a near-lethal overdose, Mia’s (Jane Levy) brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), and their longtime friends, Olivia and Eric (Jessica Lucas and Lou Taylor Pucci), decide enough is enough. They’re going to get Mia sober once and for all. They bring her out to their family’s secluded cabin in the woods for some privacy, but are shocked to find someone’s been there – someone with a thing for killing animals and keeping a certain book locked up tight. While Mia struggles through her withdrawal and David trashes the carcasses, Eric pops open the forbidden book and reads aloud, unleashing an unimaginable evil that makes a b-line for poor Mia.
But even with all that backstory, “Evil Dead” isn’t about much more than gore. Each cast member assumes your typical horror movie caricature – Mia’s the leading lady, David’s the dashing hero, Natalie’s the hot blonde, Olivia’s the devoted friend, and Eric’s the more intellectual of the bunch. There’s some talk about a tumultuous history involving Mia and David’s disturbed mother who has since passed and Mia’s issue with substance abuse is fleshed out enough to have value, but once the violence, brutality and gore start pouring in, the shock value of the visuals are so overwhelming, they blur all the narrative around it – and there’s actually nothing wrong with that because the brutality is so exceptionally well done.
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Ready for a year of straight slasher flicks, horror anthologies, paranormal entities, home invasions, and more? 2013 is due to cover just about every corner of the horror genre – including remakes, adaptations, and even a few original ideas, too.
There’s dozens of prospective nightmare-inducing productions on the way (or already in theaters), but we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 that pack the most promising source material, stellar teams of talent, innovative core concepts and/or the potential for unprecedented carnage.
Check out our 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013.
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