Evil Dead

  • Review Date: April 3, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Gore-filled horror remake entertains but can't top original.
  • Review Date: April 3, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 91 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

An older brother learns how to be present to help out his family members, improving on an earlier failure to visit his mom in the hospital. His sister yearns to stop her drug addiction, enlisting the aid of her closest friends and family to help. Unfortunately, teamwork between the siblings and the other characters doesn't always go very smoothly.

Positive role models

A main character is a drug addict who tries to kick her habit. Her behavior varies from admirable to poor, and the events of the story tend to impede her progress, but she at least appears to be on the right track.


Extreme, over-the-top gore, including gallons of dripping, spraying, vomiting, and raining blood; fighting; bashing with hard objects; slicing and stabbing; shooting (with both nail guns and regular guns); burning alive; severed limbs; and being scalded with hot water. Dead cats and a dead dog are shown. The infamous "tree rape" scene from the original movie is repeated here (a tree's branches violate a female character), but it's slightly less graphic.


It appears as if some of the characters are in relationships, but very little is made of this, with little affection/kissing shown. One character uses the sexually suggestive phrase "bumping uglies" in passing.


Much of the language is seen in print, in the "book of the dead." Words include "f--k," "motherf----r," and "bitch." But characters also say "f--k," as well as "s--t," "hell," "damn," "oh my God," and "a--holes." A demon uses "c--t" and "c--k" once each, but in a "demonic" voice that isn't always clear.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The movie's main character is a young adult drug addict who's trying to kick her habit. She dumps a packet of what appears to be heroin down a well as she vows to quit. She's never shown taking drugs, but she does suffer DTs during the course of the movie. She's also seen smoking a cigarette in one scene.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Evil Dead is a remake of Sam Raimi's classic early-'80s horror movie The Evil DeadLike the original, it's filled with over-the-top gore, including spraying, dripping, and raining blood; stabbing; slicing; bashing; shooting (with both nail guns and regular guns); burning; and scalding. Dead cats and a dead dog are shown, and the infamous "tree rape" scene from the original is repeated here, though it's slightly less graphic this time around. On the other hand, language is stronger here than in the original, with both spoken and printed uses of "f--k" and "s--t." And a main character is a drug addict who's attempting to kick her habit; she's shown dumping a packet of heroin and going through withdrawals, but she isn't shown taking drugs. Sexuality isn't much of an issue, though minor suggestion is seen/heard.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), arrive at a remote cabin in the woods, where David's sister, Mia (Jane Levy), is going to attempt to kick her drug habit. Two other friends, Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas), are also there to help. Tension arises around the fact that David hasn't been around lately, but things get much worse when the group finds dozens of dead cats hanging from the rafters in the basement. Then Eric finds and reads a strange-looking book, which unleashes all kinds of horrific demons into the cabin -- or is it just Mia hallucinating? It's eventually up to David to find a way to put a stop to all the craziness for good.

Is it any good?


A newcomer from Uruguay, director Fede Alvarez was given the task of remaking one of the great classics of the horror genre, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead, and though he can't top the original, he provides enough new ideas and enough energy to make the remake a decent movie in its own right. To start, he turns the cabin getaway into a trip with a serious point -- kicking a drug habit -- rather than just a weekend party. This gives a whole new slant to the story, and the character's potential withdrawal hallucinations can be blamed for the initial horrors.

Otherwise, Alvarez seems to know where to pay tribute to the original -- i.e. the use of a chainsaw, vomiting a river of blood, a light bulb filling with blood, and the appearance of a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88. Alvarez also tries to keep the kinetic, frenzied horror from the original, though he makes it a bit darker and less comical. But he also knows where to depart, with his new characters, their relationships, and their particular problems. Overall, his new movie packs a punch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Evil Dead's violence and gore. Why did the filmmakers go so over the top with it? What effect does it have? Why?

  • Is the movie scary? What would make it scarier, or less scary?

  • How does this movie compare to the original? Why do you think so many horror movies get remade? Is this one better or worse than others you've seen? Why?

  • How did you feel about the main character trying to quit her drug habit? Is she a sympathetic character, or does she seem like a bad person?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 5, 2013
DVD release date:July 16, 2013
Cast:Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Shiloh Fernandez
Director:Fede Alvarez
Studios:Sony Pictures, TriStar Pictures
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language

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Teen, 15 years old Written byNo Name, for real. April 4, 2013

Supremely violent, and terrifyingly brutal film

Gory scares abound in this drop dead brutal remake of Sam Raimi's horror comedy classic. This remake is relentless in it's violence and has no humor, this is a scary roller coaster ride. A girl is thrown on the ground with a bag on her head, a gun then hit her in the head. A girl is burned to death, her skin is shown graphically melting off her body. A woman scalds herself in the shower with hot water. A woman cuts inside of her mouth, teeth and bone are graphically shown. A possessed woman pursues a man with a syringe and stabs him beneath the eye, the man then pulls a needle from under his eye. A woman lick's a box cutter that cut her tongue in half then proceed's to another woman to kiss her and blood is shown. A woman bite mark is shown. A woman cuts off her gross possessed arm with a electric knife, blood is shown spraying and flying all over her face. A woman is seen with her arm hardly hanging on. A mans hand is broken and fingers deformed when hit with a crowbar. A man is cut with a box cutter multiple times. A man stabbed in the neck. It starts to rain blood in a ending sequence. A person's hand is stuck under a car, and rips of there own hand, muscles and tissue are shown. A demon has a chainsaw jammed down it throat , cutting it in half from vertically. Overall it's a terrifyingly brutal ride, and absolutely off limit's for anyone under 18.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Written byAnonymous April 5, 2013

Not for Kids & Don't even Bother seeing this film.

This Film is too Violent. Not for Kids. This Film had an NC-17 Rating for that amount of Violence in this film.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byjotwist060399 April 5, 2013

Amazing Remake But Too Violent For Younger Auidences

Now im only 15 so my parents were a little skeptical about this movie especially after seeing the trailer, so they decided to go with me and watch. This movie is by far the best and scariest horror movie made people were screaming in the theater. This movie is pretty violent but if you can handle a lot of blood you should be okay if your like 16 or older but you should probably think twice before watching this because i didnt. What's good is that Mia (Jane Levy) is stoping on drugs and wanting to be a better person. Other than that this movie is really really good and and really scary and bloody
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence


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