Every year, I watch ceremonies throughout the awards season with a degree of scepticism. I mean, it’s not that I don’t enjoy Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and heartstring tugging epics…it’s just that I don’t care. Daniel Day Lewis is a brilliant actor, yes, but I genuinely feel that a child could film him, with a grainy black and white camcorder, sitting on a chair, eating cake slice after slice after slice, call it “There Will Be Diabetes” and he would still win Best Actor, just because the Academy hold him on such a high pedestal.
Continuing their wonderful commitment to bringing some of the finest cinematic experiences from yesteryear back to theatres, the folks at Vue threw a whole bucket of nonspecific gore at the silver screen and what stuck was the original Evil Dead. It may be 32 years old, but this low-budget horror classic can still hold its own, even against the remake currently in cinemas. As part of the Back In Vue season, we went along to see Bruce Campbell fighting the forces of evil in The Evil Dead…
Sam Raimi‘s cult classic Evil Dead has been controversially resurrected, but, despite a few new plot additions, director Fede Alvarez hasn’t quite managed to breath new life into the story. It has some satisfying similarities with the original – gallons of spewing blood, an integral chain saw, an evil force rushing through the forest at an ungodly pace and non-consensual tree sex – but RIP low-budget aesthetics and downright silliness, you are greatly missed.
Oz: the Great and Powerful, the prequel to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz that everyone has been clamouring for these past 70-odd years (ahem), is most surprising in that it’s nowhere near the mess it promised to be. Luridly colourful and garish, but filled with likable performances and some excellent 3D. But while it may not be a total mess, but that’s not to say that it isn’t still wildly inconsistent at times.
Cabin in the Words.
Worry not, Evil Dead fans! Bruce Campbell still wants to sicken you beyond all belief!