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Parents' Guide to

Evil Dead

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gore-filled horror remake entertains but can't top original.

Movie R 2013 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 16+

One of my favorite horror movies

Very violent... this is horror!
1 person found this helpful.
age 15+

This movie was very scary!

This movie was definitely my favorite Evil Dead movie and was one of the first movies I've seen that actually scared me. This movie has tones of gore, blood; jump scares, language, and had some very intense moments. This movie was one heck of a ride! This movie was very gross at times also, so don't watch this if you get grossed out easily. Evil Dead has everything and is a really fun watch, so I highly recommend watch it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (69 ):

This fresh take on Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead packs a punch. A newcomer from Uruguay, director Fede Alvarez was given the task of remaking one of the great classics of the horror genre, 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.

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