So, it's been one of those weeks. You know...where every friggin' day feels like a Monday and no end in sight? By the time Friday finally got here, I seriously needed a break. I needed inspiration. I needed unabashed, balls-to-the-wall, here's-your-payoff-for-a-crappy-week mayhem, and I got it in the form of the Evil Dead remake. Yeah, I know. The movie world's lousy with remakes, these days, particularly in the horror genre. And they don't all work out, do they? And after my recent rant about one of Raimi's movies, I wasn't sure what to expect from a remake of one. Well, lemme tell you, if you like your horror extra-gory, feel free to check this one out. I think it captures enough of the feel of the original source, as well as Raimi's aesthetic to satisfy loyalists (at least it did for me), while carving (pun intended) its own path. It had some great creepy moments, stomach-churning kills, and, for those who do love them some Raimi, a few eye-rolling grins. This is, by no stretch of the imagination, a perfect movie. The acting was hit-and-miss, for me, and there were some leaps of logic and logistics that were truly baffling (although I think some of that has to do with the amount of material that had to be cut to get the R rating). Still, it is a fun movie, and what it lacks in substance, it more than makes up for in screams per frame! If this is your kind of movie, you'll enjoy it, I think. And if you're a true fan, stay for the credits. That's all I'll say.
Chris Collins is a reader and writer of horror. Anything that sends a shiver crawling up your spine has a home in Harrowscape. He has recently made a deal for his first novel, "The Raggedy Man," due out on shelves in 2017