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.
Horror as pure gore and violence just isn't interesting. It either elicits disgust or revulsion, emotions valued only by masochists. Nothing to do with appreciating the art of filmmaking, and little to do with entertainment. This film is an unpleasant void, technical qualities be damned.