Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Written By: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 31 min
Reboots are everywhere you look these days and many years after Sam Raimi gave up on making a fourth in the series, the franchise is handed over to new blood. He and original producer and star have made a good choice. Wisely, all jokes and tongue in cheek silly antics are jettisoned for a full on, super serious – super violent remake. Happily there are some nods to the original with certain props and sound affects, but they are subtle though. It’s the same premise of the cabin and the book of the dead but the new angle is of young people being there, not to get wasted, but to help one go cold turkey. They get a much harder time of it than we all expect however, as all the most memorable and gross attacks from the first two original films are rehashed and made much more visceral and worse! The acting isn’t amazing except for Jane Levy’s Mia, she puts in perhaps the best female horror performance since Linda Blair in the Exorcist.
It’s nasty, it’s grizzly and you need a strong stomach. The physical horror on show here is realistic and gruesomely effective. Even the most blood thirsty horror film devotee will wince here! This one really does live up to the tag line of “grueling terror”.
Best viewing format:
At home a big HD viewing with all the lights out!
Best element for me: << spoiler >>
Early on a character tries to leave the woods and is savagely taken over my the evil – it takes the most talked about part from the original and visually elevates it to another level of sick. Visuals and sound effects collide to make you sit up and forget all the dodgy and cheap effects of the original and make you look for a pillow to comfort you! “Who’s laughing now?”. Not you.