|Evil Dead (2013)|
I actually appreciated the less overtly comedic tone, the practical make-up FX, and the different - but not too different - take on the original movie's narrative. If I had one minor quibble, it's only that I would've like to have seen a few more truly suspenseful and horrific moments scattered throughout the movie's run time. Alvarez delivered the gorey goods, but actual scares were few and far between. Still, Evil Dead was a pleasant surprise. Recommended.
On a related note, fans should check out Raimi's remake of his own Army Of Darkness (1992). It's called Oz The Great And Powerful (2013). Seriously, Sam, the cribbing from your own work was pretty blatant. It's one of the better implementations of 3D that I've seen, though, so you get a pass. If you really want to remake or sequelize Army Of Darkness, just do it.
I've posted recently about both my earliest exposure to genre movies as well as my uncertainty about what is and is not appropriate viewing for youngsters, and the topic came up again recently when I was asked to recommend some good scary movies for a couple of nascent horror fans, ages 10 and 14. The only stipulations were that the recommendations not be exceedingly gorey and that they steer clear of any overt sexual content. Thinking children of this age probably wouldn't take well to the slower pace of older horror movies, I recommended Attack The Block (2011). I've not recommended anything else thus far because I don't trust my own "appropriate for children" filter, and even here, it occurred to me after the fact that although there's no sex and not that much gore, there is a good bit of recreational drug use. Hear me out, though.
|The at risk youths of Attack The Block (2011)|
One final note concerning Attack The Block: see it if you haven't already. I've been surprised by how many radars it's flown under. In addition to well delineated characters, it boasts one of my favorite creature designs of the last decade or so. I purposely refrained from showing a pic, but suffice to say, it's a highly effective design that's absolutely brilliant in its simplicity.
|Tatiana Maslany as the lead(s) in the BBC series Orphan Black|
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