While watching Evil Dead I:
1.) Screamed out loud twice (I don’t usually do that)
2.) Thought I was going to throw up all over the Paramount
3.) HAD SO MUCH FUN!
It’s two in the morning and I just got home, so I’m going to make this pretty brief, and then update it tomorrow with all the great quotes I got from the lovely cast, producer and director. They were a lot of fun to talk to. They made my first red carpet experience a blast.
Evil Dead is about Mia, Eric, Olivia, David and Natalie— five friends who go to a cabin in the woods to help Mia kick her drug habit. They find a mysterious book in the cabin. Despite the fact that it’s wrapped in barbed wire and someone has scribbled warnings all over the book not to read it out loud, Eric clips off the barbed wire and freaking reads it out loud. He unwittingly unleashes a demon. The demon proceeds to possess everyone except David, who is very handsome.
There is a lot of blood. A LOT. Director Fede Alvarez said they had a 50,000 tanker truck of (prop) blood, and he STILL feared they would run low. At one point, it rains blood, and there is a girl bleeding from her bloody stump of an arm while she saws another person in half, so of course they are bleeding, and they both are covered in blood-rain and it is bloody bloody bloody.
Besides the gross-out factor, the movie utilizes a lot of good camera work and sound effects to really freak the audience out, and somehow it manages to keep this up throughout the entire movie. There are no spots to take a breather; it’s constant action. If you have a heart condition, you should probably stay away.
Most of the time horror movies aren’t really my thing, but this seeing it on the big screen with a big group was actually a lot of fun. There were lots of parts where the majority of the theater would jump or scream, and then we’d immediately laugh at ourselves. It was a good time. It seemed to be exactly what the filmmakers were going for.
And speaking of the filmmakers, after the show, Bruce Campbell was hamming it up for the audience big time for the Q&A. It was fabulous. He said while making the original, one day some of the cast/crew went to buy bubblegum from a gas station and they didn’t even have money for gum. That’s how low-budget it was, but that’s also why it was so endeared to its fans. This movie is not like the original in that sense. But Fede’s script is still incredibly gross and outrageous, and made nods to the original without trying too hard.