A surprisingly decent spin-off story that has been mistaken for being a remake or reboot but is actually more like a story of what happens to another set of teenagers. While it lacks the camp it has more graphic violence and gruesome bloodletting than the original and the story is still amazingly effective. While the leading heroic actors are a disappointment the female actresses are really good here.
The remake of this horror classic is frankly more of a reboot, but that being said, it is a bloody and twisted reminder that horror as a genre is not dead (no pun) and still has some tricks up its sleeve without pretense or cliché, predictable moments. The young cast also helps boost the energy of the film at all turns, but major props to the makeup/art department whose SFX in lieu of CGI is damn incredible. See it.
Starts off well for a remake, but later cannot rebuild the original's flair or humor, leaving the viewer in a bit of an uninspired affair. Props for the use of practical effects in some scenes though. Most of CGI still doesn't have shit on practical effects in horror movies even today.
Fede Alvarez faced an uphill task when he was given the job of reimagining one of horror's most famous video nasties, but I think he has done an outstanding job. He has stayed true to the tone and tradition of the original trilogy by doing everything in excess. The gore is ludicrously over-the-top and the possessed are every bit as menacing and potty-mouthed as in Raimi's films. Tasteless maybe, but great fun.
I'm an unabashed fan of this one. Horror remakes are rarely this brutal or fun. Yes, it's Evil Dead dressed in torture porn trappings, but it maintains just enough of the original's pitch black humor and adds a healthy dose of heart to make up for all the darkness. Nothing revolutionary here, but great for what it is.
Amps up the video-nasty spirit of the original. Looking at '81 unbiasedly, it too depended much on its gore for gore sake but had a fun, EC comic-book vibe. With the exception of some sarcastic humor by Pucci, '13 goes only for scares and is unflinchingly brutal: it's one of the most extreme films ever released in the mainstream. The scene-to-scene one-upmanship and its dead serious nature make it better than '81.
Another film made for people who like to eat popcorn and drink Coke at the teathers. I cannot stand these all over the top finales and this way Hollywood has to make every horror bigger and gorier - it ruins the horror experience for me. Some scenes are really entertaining, but that's it. Another remake to be forgotten in 2 weeks.