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Evil Dead Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

Kill kill kill. Repeat. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    57

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    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Goes overboard on the gruesome and scrimps on humor. Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell" was a much funnierchill-fest.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    A gore-for-broke affair that strips the flesh off Sam Raimi's cult-beloved comic-horror franchise and exposes the demons at its core.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The new Evil Dead's delirious gross-out scenes spoke to me, and they go further than any mainstream picture I can think of.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Gore-filled horror remake entertains but can't top original.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Evil Dead is a remake of Sam Raimi's classic early-'80s horror movie The Evil Dead. Like the original, it's filled with over-the-top gore, including spraying, dripping, and raining blood; stabbing; slicing; bashing; shooting (with both nail guns and regular guns); burning; and scalding. Dead cats and a dead dog are shown, and the infamous "tree rape" scene from the original is repeated here, though it's slightly less graphic this time around. On the other hand, language is stronger here than in the original, with both spoken and printed uses of "f--k" and "s--t." And a main character is a drug addict who's attempting to kick her habit; she's shown dumping a packet of heroin and going through withdrawals, but she isn't shown taking drugs. Sexuality isn't much of an issue, though minor suggestion is seen/heard.

  • Families can talk about Evil Dead's violence and gore. Why did the filmmakers go so over the top with it? What effect does it have? Why?
  • Is the movie scary? What would make it scarier, or less scary?
  • How does this movie compare to the original? Why do you think so many horror movies get remade? Is this one better or worse than others you've seen? Why?
  • How did you feel about the main character trying to quit her drug habit? Is she a sympathetic character, or does she seem like a bad person?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: An older brother learns how to be present to help out his family members, improving on an earlier failure to visit his mom in the hospital. His sister yearns to stop her drug addiction, enlisting the aid of her closest friends and family to help. Unfortunately, teamwork between the siblings and the other characters doesn't always go very smoothly.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: A main character is a drug addict who tries to kick her habit. Her behavior varies from admirable to poor, and the events of the story tend to impede her progress, but she at least appears to be on the right track.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme, over-the-top gore, including gallons of dripping, spraying, vomiting, and raining blood; fighting; bashing with hard objects; slicing and stabbing; shooting (with both nail guns and regular guns); burning alive; severed limbs; and being scalded with hot water. Dead cats and a dead dog are shown. The infamous "tree rape" scene from the original movie is repeated here (a tree's branches violate a female character), but it's slightly less graphic.

  • sex false1

    Sex: It appears as if some of the characters are in relationships, but very little is made of this, with little affection/kissing shown. One character uses the sexually suggestive phrase "bumping uglies" in passing.

  • language false4

    Language: Much of the language is seen in print, in the "book of the dead." Words include "f--k," "motherf----r," and "bitch." But characters also say "f--k," as well as "s--t," "hell," "damn," "oh my God," and "a--holes." A demon uses "c--t" and "c--k" once each, but in a "demonic" voice that isn't always clear.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The movie's main character is a young adult drug addict who's trying to kick her habit. She dumps a packet of what appears to be heroin down a well as she vows to quit. She's never shown taking drugs, but she does suffer DTs during the course of the movie. She's also seen smoking a cigarette in one scene.

Fan Reviews provided by

5

by 25ricklou

5

by carlopolicarpio
It's entertaining as hell!

5

by cjpolicarpio27
It's terrifying and astoundingly awesome. Evil Dead is entertaining as hell.

5

Gory is my type by clevelandwilson
This movie is ridiculously gory... AWESOME a and kinda nasty what I mean by nasty is like the sexual parts like why don't u come down here so yeah so still go see it

4

by GilRogRod

5

by marissaowens2001

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