Disclaimer: After seeing this film once I loved it as a horror, after re-watching it I love it as a horror and comment on society.
Evil Dead is a remake perhaps but more a re-imagining and reworking of a tale as old as time and not solely located in the realm of horror, the punishment of those who seek to know more (Eve and the tree of knowledge).
Casting a woman in the previously adored role filed by Bruce Campbell the film starts off on an odd foot amongst fans of the franchise but gives more than one could imagine in a time where social issues are becoming a regular topic of discussion.
Beyond the outstandingly slinking ominous plot, grotesque jump-in-your-seat, have-to-look-away scenes and superb cinematography the film offers a brief glimpse into our society and a combination of the flaws and strengths that reside within it enabling the audience to engage in a way previously unseen in the franchise.
Following a familiar plot line we find a group of friends isolated in a cabin in the woods besieged by an evil force unleashed by accident and curiosity. It is a film that highlights the problem of man’s search for more and the risks of going against advice as well as highlighting those who fall victim to the actions of others.
In a time of the resurgence of feminism into the realm of modern conversation it would be unwise to dismiss the message offered by this film be it the fact it is a man who reads the text that unleashes the horror, the u-turn of caregivers (Olivia the nurse and Natalie the girlfriend) into forces of evil or the fact that the character who overcomes the male misdeed is a woman primarily depicted as vulnerable. It is a film with a message regarding the strength of woman against the wrongdoings of man that contributes to the feminist discussion by not ignoring the truths that not all women survive such trials, that not all men practice such arrogance or survive and that women too can fall on the darker side of life’s trials. It is an expression of the vulnerability of the human race be it through curiosity, care or fear of leaving the unknown unknown. It is a film of the monstrous feminine sub-genre, a feminist masterpiece that shows all can fall victim and none can be safe.
Evil Dead a classic rewiring of horror to appease, engage and disturb an audience who are growing in awareness. A definite must see for horror fans and feminists alike.
5/5 – Grotesque Glory