Evil Dead (2013) Blu-Ray review

Evil Dead (2013) Blu-RayIf angsty teens, a creepy cabin in the woods, hellish Deadites, and bags of visceral gore are your cup-o-tea, then you’re going to love Fede Alvarez’s re-imagining of the cult classic, Evil Dead, which is about to be unleashed on Blu-Ray and DVD.

The story opens to the familiar setting of a secluded, sinister looking cabin in the woods, which is quickly transformed into a demonic house of horrors when a group of 20-something friends unwittingly awaken an ancient evil.

Mia (Jane Levy), a troubled young woman in her late teens, whose life has been stained by loss and addiction, pleads with her estranged brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) and their childhood friends to join her at her family’s rustic cabin in an attempt to overcome her inner demons.

But things don’t quite go to plan when the gang discover a book in the cabin’s cellar, which someone (or something) has turned into a grotesque and horrific alter decorated with mummified animals.

As Mia begins to struggle in her battle with sobriety, one of the friends, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), develops an unhealthy obsession with the book, and in thrall to its mysterious contents, he reads aloud from it, never suspecting the terrifying sequence of events that he has just unleashed.

Remakes, reboots or re-imaginings, they have become all too familiar in recent times, and more often than not, they fail to impress. So you can imagine how worried I was when I first heard that the iconic cult classic The Evil Dead was next in line for a re-dressing. 

Fortunately it didn’t take long to realise that director Fede Alvarez, and his co-writer Rodo Sayagues, had done a wonderful job. Gone are the grainy raw visuals that gave the original that creepy hopeless feel and in comes dazzling digital photography that somehow seems to make even the darkest of scenes sparkle, which looks incredible on Blu-Ray. 

It’s not all about the visuals, no matter how horrifically brilliant and disturbing they are. Director Fede Alvarez has done an incredible job of staying loyal to Raimi’s classic whilst adding a modern twist to the wonderful re-imagining, which will reintroduce the classic franchise to a whole new generation, and I’m sure having the original team of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell on board as producers didn’t hurt.

As if the movie itself wasn’t enough, the Blu-Ray is crammed with extras and features that explore everything from a rather interesting and in depth look into the creation of the film, to the origins of the iconic Book of the Dead.

Other special features include:

  • Cast and crew commentary: With Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and director Fede Alvarez and writer Rodo Savagues.
  • Making Life Difficult: Alvarez and Levy talk about the more gruesome and challenging aspects of the production as they take a look at the intense and physically exhausting creation of the film.
  • Being Mia: Jane Levy talks us through her Physical and Psychological Transformation into ‘Evil Mia’.
  • Directing The Dead: Director Fede Alvarez is joined by the cast as they talk about finding the characters and direction of the film, interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage and table reads with the stars.
  • Unleashing The Evil Force: A featurette in which producers Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert are joined by actor Lou Taylor Pucci in talking about the construction and function of the new Book of the Dead.
  • Evil Dead the Reboot: A brief Evil Dead history lesson from producers Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert.

Evil Dead is a beautifully crafted and visually stunning gore fest, that can be enjoyed by purists as well as newcomers to the franchise, all of whom will be captivated by this terrifying yet exhilarating thrill ride through Alvarez’s vision of hell unleashed.

Evil Dead will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 12

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