Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Now who doesn’t love Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead series of films? By all means, they’re no masterpieces, but they are cult classics. Were they going to tone down the gore and repulsion in this new one? Or was the studio going to make this a PG13 outing to get the younger audiences in the cinemas? And can Bruce Campbell be replaced as Ash? I think not. These—as well as other—questions popped into my head when I heard we were going to get a remake of Raimi’s original. I figured it was going to be a teenie bopper flick and not be done seriously, making a mockery of the original, only to use the name as a way for the studio to make some money.
Boy, was I wrong.
One strategy that filmmakers use to get a horror movie started is where they begin with a stinger that shocks the audience into paying attention. Although I understand the approach of a “slow burn” type of film and can keep my concentration to the story as it unfolds, there are quite a few moviegoers who need to have something jump start them into being focused for the rest of the story. Case in point, I had a friend who I’d been trying to get interested in a few horror movies I’d recently watched. He was the type who would be bored within ten minutes and have a thousand mile stare or fall asleep right where he’d sit unless a pair of boobs flashed on the screen (man, that guy could watch any boring movie as long as it contained nudity!). When I showed him 2003’s Wrong Turn, he sat bolt upright and watched that flick all the way through. See, the film opened up right away with some rock climbers falling victim to the villains, shocking the movie viewers to see what would come next. And that’s the strategy in Evil Dead.
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