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[ATH] Evil Dead (2013)

Filed Under ( ) by Andrei S. on Saturday, 10 January 2015

Posted at : 5:44 pm
Thoughts? 

The most terrifying film you will ever experience.

addicted to horror

the story
A group of friends who are staying at a remote cabin in the woods gradually become possessed by demonic forces.

the good
+ strong cold open
+ gore galore
+ genuinely frightening
+ gorgeous cinematography
+ remarkable make-up work
+ exceptional sound design
+ relies on practical effects
+ intense finale

the bad
- questionable character decisions
- schmaltzy backstory

the ugly
very high level of violence and gore
very high level of scares and frightening scenes
moderate level of nudity and sexual themes
high level of profanity

things I learned from watching this movie (may include spoilers)
1. A creepy-looking cabin in the middle of nowhere is not the best place to kick a drug addiction.
2. It might be a good idea to listen to the warnings carved in blood inside a demonic book.
3. Try not to have a mental breakdown while driving a car.
4. Thorn bushes are known sex offenders.
5. Don't threaten demons with a box cutter.
6. Nail guns have a surprisingly long range of fire.
7. Lightning-struck trees work great as outdoor lighting.

verdict
As far as horror remakes and reboots go, it’s hard to top the recent Evil Dead, which proved itself to be a remarkable piece of horror filmmaking that, while not forgetting its roots, can stand on its own as a spine-chilling and gore-heavy ‘cabin in the woods’ story. Hitting the ground running with an exceptionally sinister cold open, Evil Dead wastes little time on first-act introductions before getting right down to the nitty-gritty and ultimately concluding with a nightmarish and literally blood-soaked finale. There is some gorgeous cinematography here – the impressive make-up design and the film’s reliance on practical effects make a clear difference. Some questionable character decisions and a schmaltzy backstory aside, Evil Dead is a genuinely frightening and disturbing film that does the original 1980s classic proud.

horror meter: 5 defibrillated stars (out of 5)

Weekly Updates #253 (24.11.2014 - 30.11.2014)

Filed Under ( ) by Andrei S. on Thursday, 8 January 2015

Posted at : 5:06 pm
Thoughts? 

Another latecomer, and this time there are no films to feature for the week either. It has been quite busy around this time, and the following weeks—nay, month even—are looking pretty stagnant as well.

On the plus side, I should be able to get the next few Weekly Updates out at a faster pace as they lack the usual amount of content. This will help me catch up with the weeks that have gone by without their respective updates – I am more than a month behind, after all.

Not to worry, though, as this is still far from my previous record in terms of the lateness of these Weekly Updates, which I believe stands at something like a two year difference, if not more. I doubt we’ll ever reach that point again, but then again, I am falling behind once more…

[ATH] The Evil Dead (1981)

Filed Under ( ) by Andrei S. on Friday, 2 January 2015

Posted at : 8:49 pm
Thoughts? 

They got up on the wrong side of the grave.

addicted to horror

the story
A group of friends who are staying at a remote cabin in the woods gradually become possessed by demonic forces.

the good
+ inventive camerawork
+ unrestrained transgressive content
+ impressive practical effects
+ extremely gory
+ Bruce Campbell

the bad
- poorly acted
- some ridiculous blocking
- lackluster dialogue
- paper-thin characters
- drawn-out final act

the ugly
very high level of violence and gore
high level of scares and frightening scenes
moderate level of nudity and sexual themes
very low level of profanity

things I learned from watching this movie (may include spoilers)
1. Listening to recordings of demonic incantations is a bad idea.
2. A terrified woman in ragged clothing bringing up rape is probably just exaggerating.
3. Being good at card guessing means that you've been possessed.
4. Banishing demons turns them into plasticine.

verdict
Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead is the quintessential piece of low-budget horror filmmaking, showcasing its creative freedom through the unrestrained depiction of transgressive content and extreme amounts of violence and gore. The film may suffer from poor acting, lacklustre dialogue, and paper-thin characters, but it makes up for it with some inventive camerawork, impressive practical effects, and a loveable Bruce Campbell in the leading role. There is undoubtedly a twisted charm to The Evil Dead that more than makes up for its considerable shortcomings.

horror meter: 4 Candarian stars (out of 5)

Weekly Updates #252 (17.11.2014 - 23.11.2014)

Filed Under ( ) by Andrei S. on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Posted at : 5:50 pm
Thoughts? 

This week featured another 2014 release along with another particularly fascinating film. Neither of the two quite clicked with me, but I found them both interesting in their own ways.

Tuesday

Berberian Sound Studio (2012) - 4/10
When I first heard about Berberian Sound Studio not too long ago, the idea behind the film seemed like such a fascinating one that I was very curious to see what would be done with it. And so I went into the film with little information other than its behind-the-scenes story, and unfortunately I have to say I came out of it being none the wiser. There is ultimately too much ambiguity and symbolism for Berberian Sound Studio to make sense on any significant level, and its initial premise is squandered away on a plodding storyline that leads nowhere and lacks a real conclusion. The plot handles like a sort of character study, with lead actor Toby Jones providing a solid backbone as the stranger in a strange land (that of 1970s Italian horror filmmaking, in this case). The insight the film provides into the oft-ignored process of sound design in film is valuable, but it is undermined by a measly plotline and ideas explored only halfway through. There are one or two good laughs to be had thanks to awkward situations and Jones’s comedic aptitude, but too little to make Berberian Sound Studio worth sitting through.

Saturday

Interstellar (2014) - 7/10
Being an avid admirer of Christopher Nolan’s work, I have been looking forward to Interstellar for a very long time now. I remember when I saw that vague and very short teaser for the film a while back – I started wondering and imagining what Interstellar could possibly be about, and how Christopher Nolan would handle a hard sci-fi set (at least partially) in outer space, especially in the wake of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, a film which in my opinion upped the ante for genre exercises of this kind. All those questions no longer matter, however, as I have now finally been to see Nolan’s latest. What I can safely say is that Interstellar is one of the most ambitious films ever made both in terms of visuals and narrative. It is truly a one of a kind experience, and some of the themes and ideas that the film explores are unprecedented in the realm of cinema. Interstellar is a cinematic achievement, and one that will be remembered and revisited for decades to come. That being said, Interstellar is also a strikingly flawed movie. Its final act is something of a mess, leaving the narrative jumbled and contrived beyond redemption. The film ends on a baffling note, failing to live up to everything that came before and instead opting for a conclusion that barely holds together logically and seems to come out of nowhere. I wish I could go into specific details here or at least expand upon my complaints, but I am already overdrawn and should wrap it up. Perhaps a full-length review somewhere along the line will help clear some things up, but for now this is as detailed as I can go. Interstellar comes with both a whole-hearted and cautious recommendation from me.