Evil Dead
Evil Dead (2013)

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 5, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may lack the absurd humor that underlined the original, but the new-look Evil Dead compensates with brutal terror, gory scares, and gleefully bloody violence.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Despite much old-school splatter, it's seldom frightening and oddly unfunny.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

A stylish and worthy homage: inventive even as it is derivative, never quite jokey but never taking itself too seriously, and clocking in at an entirely appropriate 91 minutes. Any longer would be unmerciful; any shorter, ungenerous.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Thirty-plus years on, this tale of five teens trapped in a cabin in the woods being pursued by dark, supernatural forces just seems familiar and silly, with Alvarez doing little to breathe new life into the genre.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

An effectively relentless gore-fest.

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Dana Stevens

Though it never channels the raw DIY energy of the original Evil Dead series -- what big-budget version could? -- this polished, clever remake remains true to the spirit of the original, which was at once viscerally terrifying and weirdly lighthearted.

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Alex Beattie
Metro (UK)

A gory, old-fashioned slice of schlock horror that, by successfully paying homage to one of the greats, puts many of its contemporaries in the shade.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Five years from now, will you want to watch this bloody $14 million extravaganza or Raimi's shoestring original, which was Amateur Hour elevated to pop art? Evil Dead just bleeds money.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A gore fest that's just effective enough to whet fans' appetite for a sequel, even as it kills everyone else's appetite for dinner.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

Ultimately, Alvarez did a solid job with his remake, and this is a popcorn treat after some slow, slow late-winter months.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It seems like Alvarez didn't really get what made the original Evil Dead movies so successful, and so he basically eliminates the bizarre humor that made… More
Cynthia S.
I was a big fan of the original. This was a half decent attempt at doing the original justice, I guess. Worth a look, but if you go into this expecting the… More
Jens S.
Torture porn lacking any charm or dark humor that made the originals classics. The new version is sadistic, trying to be as disgusting as possible and lacking… More
Christopher Heim
Well, the practical gore effects are well-done, but that's about the only praise that can offered to this unnecessary retread of Sam Raimi's 1981… More
Edward Boxler
Quite possibly the goriest film ever made by a Hollywood studio, Evil Dead is a new Horror classic, a film that accomplishes the nearly impossible task of… More
Phil Hubbs
A reboot of the very original Evil Dead film which was rebooted once already with 'Evil Dead II', so this is the second reboot. Major changes are… More