One of my favorite genres of horror is the pandemic/post-apocalyptic genre. Maybe because  I absolutely love zombie movies and these films usually feature zombie-like behavior from “humans” as a result of a widespread infectious epidemic.

My 5 favorites in this genre include:

28 Days Later (2002)

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Source: Classic-Horror.com

Directed by Danny Boyle

One of my all-time favorite horror movies ever, 28 Days Later opens with the protagonist Jim waking up from a coma in an abandoned hospital. Once Jim detaches himself from his medical paraphernalia and exits the hospital, he quickly realizes that more than just the hospital is abandoned–the entire city of London is a shambles. It seems that while Jim was in a coma, an extremely contagious blood-born virus called “rage” was released and overtook the population. Aptly named, “rage” caused the Infected to become extremely enraged and aggressive. The Infected behave much like zombies (though they sprint instead of lumber toward their prey), with seemingly no consciousness, merely grunting and attacking anything in sight. Jim meets a few uninfected survivors along the way, and the small group band together to ward off the enraged population. This film is extremely suspenseful and fast-paced, and paints a grim picture of post-pandemic London.

The Crazies (2010)

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Source: Only Good Movies

Directed by Breck Eisner

Okay, so it’s not quite a “virus” that affects the townspeople of Ogden Marsh, Iowa, it’s a toxin in the water supply that causes people to become homicidally deranged. However, I would still classify this creepy movie starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, and Joe Anderson, in the pandemic category. The 2010 film is actually a remake of George Romero’s 1973 rendition, but the plot is slightly different. After a plane carrying a biological weapon crashes into a bog that feeds into the town’s water supply, the townspeople start going inexplicably mad, emotionlessly and savagely murdering family and friends. Timothy Olyphant is the town sheriff, who is shocked when government military shows up and start mercilessly gunning down citizens. He soon realizes that it’s not just “the crazies” he needs to run from, but also the military, who have been sent to Ogden Marsh to contain the issue, at the expense of crazy and sane alike. Timothy, wife Judy, and Deputy Russell are eventually the only uninfected people left, and they must figure out a way to escape town or become the next casualty.

Carriers (2009)

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Source: The Post Apoc

Directed by David Pastor and Àlex Pastor

A bit more drama than it is horror, but nonetheless I really enjoyed Carriers. In the aftermath of a widespread viral outbreak in the US, Brian (Chris Pine), his girlfriend Bobby (Piper Perabo), Brian’s brother Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), and their friend Kate (Emily Van Camp), are headed to Turtle Beach in the southwest in hopes that it will be a sanctuary from the plague that has overtaken mankind. On their way, they run into a father and daughter stranded on the road. The daughter is, in fact, infected and the father begs the gang to take her to a nearby school where a doctor is rumored to have developed a serum to cure the virus. This movie is a bit more cerebral than the others, but it’s got its moments of horror and suspense.

Quarantine (2008)

Source: My Zombie Affair

Source: My Zombie Affair

Directed by John Erick Dowdle

This film is actually a remake of a Spanish movie, REC, released the year prior. A found footage-style movie, it stars Jennifer Carpenter as Angela, a local reporter who is doing a story on the local firefighters. While Jennifer and her cameraman Scott (Steve Harris) are at the fire department, the department gets a call to respond to an emergency call from an apartment building. They could have not have made a worse mistake. Upon arriving at the apartment building to subdue a rabidly aggressive older woman, it becomes clear that something very serious is going on. The movie is seen from the point of view of the cameraman, who captures the chaos that ensues. It seems that a perturbed tenant, a member of a doomsday cult, stole a virus from a chemical weapons lab and released it in the building causing those who came into contact with it to present signs similar to rabies. Like The Crazies, this is another situation where the characters are plagued not only by the infected but also by the government who want to cover up and contain the catastrophe.

I am Legend (2007)

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Source: Cinematic Thoughts

Directed by Francis Lawrence

And last but not least, I am Legend, stars Will Smith as Robert Neville, a scientist and apparently the lone survivor of a massive virus, which was originally created to cure cancer, but instead killed 90% of the world’s population. The remaining “infected” are vampire-like, avoiding daylight, and attacking anything in sight. All alone except for his dog Sam, Robert spends his time trying to develop a cure, which involves the dangerous task of capturing the infected and taking them back to his lab for vaccine trials.

Got a favorite that’s not on the list? Let us know which plague movies you love most!

Rebecca and I are very excited to announce a new recurring series here on Scared Shirtless! In addition to a great love of all things horror, we also both love to cook and eat, so we figured, why not combine the two from time to time?! This new series, which we plan to do every month or two, will have us pairing a horror movie with some themed food. Kind of like that old series on TBS, Dinner and a Movie… do you guys remember that? I really enjoyed that series, and I hope you’ll enjoy this one.

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Source: wikipedia,.org

For our first horror d’oeuvres party we decided to pair the slasher-classic Friday the 13th, with a few themed food selections. We decided to make some skewers, in honor of Kevin Bacon’s skewering by arrow, cheesy chicken sliders because of course you need a burger-type food when camping… and because marinara sauce looks good and bloody, and s’mores bars for dessert, because camping and s’mores go together like Jason and his hockey mask. Every dish was a success, and we thoroughly enjoyed eating our treats as we sat down to watch Mrs. Voorhees slaughter all those camp counselors.

Friday the 13th party

Here are the recipes so you can have your own Friday the 13th dinner party!

Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon

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"Poor Kevin Bacon" skewers

“Poor Kevin Bacon” Skewers

Makes 20 skewers

Ingredients:

10 Grape or cherry tomatoes

10 basil leaves

10 small balls of mozzarella

10 olives of your choice

10 pieces of feta (marinated if you like)

About a 1/4 of a cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

20 toothpicks

Directions:

1. To assemble, thread a tomato, basil leaf, and mozzarella ball onto 10 of the toothpicks, and thread an olive, piece of feta, and a piece of cucumber on the other 10 toothpicks.   That’s it!!

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Source: film.com

Cheesy chicken meatball sliders

Cheesy Chicken Meatball Sliders with Bloody Marinara Sauce

Makes about 16 sliders

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:

1 lb ground chicken

1/4 whole or 2% milk

1 large egg

1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs

2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley, or about 2 tsp dried parsley

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large shallot, minced

1 1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp ground mustard

1/2 tsp dried oregano

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2-3 sticks mozzarella string cheese, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

To assemble the sliders:

Slider rolls or small dinner rolls, buttered and toasted

Warmed marinara sauce

Grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Mix together the ground chicken, milk, egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, garlic, shallot, salt, mustard, oregano and black pepper in a large bowl, until combined.

3. Take about 1 Tbsp of the mixture in your hand, place a piece of string cheese in the center, and take another tbsp of the mixture and cover the cheese. Press together so that it forms a meatball, with the cheese in the center surrounded by the ground meat mixture. Place on the prepared baking sheet, and repeat with the rest of the meatball mixture/string cheese pieces.

4. Bake for about 20 minutes. Then switch the oven to broil, and broil for about 2-3 minutes, until the tops of the meatballs are browned.

5. To assemble, place a meatball on a slider roll, place a dollop of marinara sauce on top, and then sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese.

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Eating Marshmallows

S'mores bars

S’mores Bars

Makes 12-16 bars

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 cup mini marshmallows

2 whole graham crackers

Directions:

1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with tinfoil, and lightly butter the inside.

2. Melt the butter, and mix with the graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl until evenly coated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and press down firmly (we used the bottom of a glass).

3. In a small saucepan, melt together the sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate chips over medium heat, until smooth, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, and add the vanilla extract and salt.

4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the baking dish, and smooth with a spatula. Add the the mini marshmallows on top, pressing down a bit into the chocolate. Break the graham crackers into pieces, and stick between the marshmallows.

5. Cover and refridgerate until firm, about 4 hours. Remove from the baking dish, using the foil to lift the bars out. Cut into 12-16 pieces, and enjoy!

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We hope you all still have a good appetite and try these recipes out. They are excellent on their own, but even better with a good horror movie to enjoy while eating them!

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Source: Scream Trilogy

To this day, Scream (1996) is one of my favorite horror movies of all time. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that I have watched it 30+ times. Why? For its time it was one of the most innovative films in its genre. In fact, I would venture to say that today it remains one of the most intelligent and complex horror films ever made.

Why do I love this movie so much?

It pokes fun at every single horror movie cliche out there

Scream mocks the entire horror movie formula throughout the movie. Horror movie buff Randy explains to his friends that there are certain rules one must abide by to successfully survive a horror movie:

1. Don’t have sex. Sex = Death.

2. Don’t drink or do drugs. Drugs and Alcohol = Death.

3. Never say “I’ll be right back,” because you won’t be.

Some people break the rules and pay the price. Sidney, however, manages to subvert the rules. She mocks “big breasted” actresses in movies who should be running out the door instead of up the stairs…then proceeds to do the exact same thing. In any other movie, that would spell the end for the character, but she manages to escape death. Sidney also starts out as a virgin in the beginning of the movie, but later decides to have sex with Billy. According to horror movie rules for survival, this should mean doom. Only virgins are supposed to beat the killer. But again, Sidney manages to beat the rules.

The Blend of Horror and Comedy

When it comes to horror movies, I usually highly prefer a seriously scary movie over one that injects moments of comic relief.  But Scream manages to be equal parts scary/thrilling/suspenseful and funny/ridiculous, and succeeds in seamlessly combining two completely different genres.

Famous Cameos

Scream debunks the usual assumption in movies that bigger stars are the ones who “make it” to the end. Drew Barrymore and Henry Winkler both play some memorable  parts in the movie. But their iconic status doesn’t save them from perishing!

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Source: That Was a Bit Mental

Source: That Was a Bit Mental

 

The Director Inserts Himself Into the Film

I love how Quentin Tarantino and Stephen King give themselves obscure parts in their own movies. Wes Craven plays a bit part in Scream as well, as a janitor named Fred who Henry Winkler stumbles upon after hours in the high school. “Fred” is wearing a red and black striped sweater and a large brimmed black hat that look eerily reminiscent of someone else….

Source: Screened

Source: Screened

Classic Horror Movie References Galore

Scream directly and indirectly references lots of well-known horror classics. Carrie, Psycho, Halloween, The Howling, and Halloween to name a few. There are also many parallelisms between Scream and many of the older horror classics, which are discussed in detail on the website Hello Sidney.

The Quote Factor

If you asked us to, Emily and I could probably reconstruct the entire Scream screenplay. That’s how much of the movie we’ve memorized!

Here are a few favorites…

Tatum: “Please don’t kill me, Mr. Ghostface, I wanna be in the sequel!”

Sidney to Stu: “Stu, Stu, Stu, the media are going to be looking for a motive. What are you gonna tell them?” Stu to Sidney: “Peer pressure. I’m far too sensitive.”

Billy (licking red off his fingers): “Pigs’ blood. The same stuff they used in Carrie.”

Randy: “Did you really put her liver in the mailbox because I heard that they found her live in the mailbox next to her spleen and her pancreas.”

Casey: “You better leave now. My boyfriend’s gonna be here any minute and he’s gonna be pissed. He’s big and he plays football and he’ll kick the shit out of you!”

Ahhh, I could go on and on, there are so many quotable lines!

These are a few of the reasons I so enjoy watching Scream time and time again. To me it’s a movie that gets better and better with every viewing. In fact, I think I might go watch it again right now…

Happy Mother’s Day horror fans! Today I wanted to bring you a list of some memorable not-so-motherly mothers in horror to celebrate this day! Hopefully your own mothers are as wonderful as mine is, and aren’t like the mothers who follow!

1. Pamela Voorhees– One of the most memorable murderous mothers in horror, in Friday the 13th Mrs. Voorhees sliced and diced her way through a bunch of camp counselors in revenge for letting her son drown. It didn’t matter that these particular counselors had nothing to do with it- obviously all camp counselors are irresponsible from her point of view and deserve to die! She was just watching out for her very special son, Jason, so in actuality she was a pretty good mom.

2. Mrs. White– Now, in Carrie, Mrs. White didn’t actually murder anyone per se, but she might as well get the blame as she was one of the main culprits in driving her daughter, Carrie, crazy. Now obviously her awful peers pushed her over the edge, but Mrs. White’s brand of punishment was not the best choice for any child, especially a telekinetic one. No child should be locked in a closet, be forbidden from expressing herself, and be forbidden from going to a school dance…. And she especially failed in teaching Carrie about the basic biology of being a woman. Without her support it was just a matter of time before Carrie acted out, and when you have the powers that Carrie did, it just leads to unheard of destruction.

3. Mrs. Cosgrove– Another memorable mother, the mother in Braindead (aka Dead Alive) wins the contest for one of the grossest mothers in horror. After she’s bitten by a disgusting rat monkey, she becomes infected with a horrible disease that causes her body parts to fall off, then dies and becomes a zombie, and then something even more horrible. She is a manipulative mother in life, and in death isn’t any better.

4. Mrs. Bates– While Mrs. Bates doesn’t actually appear in Psycho, we can gather that she wasn’t the best mother in the world, even though Norman states that “a boy’s best friend is his mother”. The character of Mrs. Bates is memorable nonetheless whether she’s a he, and actually a split personality of her son, or the skeletal version of herself.

5. Mrs. Morgan– While not having too much of a role in The Ring, Samara’s mother stands out to me as another not-so-great mother. While Samara may have been evil, killing your daughter and throwing her body in a well is probably not the best solution to the problem. Now stuck in an eerie killer video, the problem of Samara’s evil has just been exacerbated.

6. Dr. Dakota Block– Leaving your son alone In a car with a gun is probably not the most responsible thing to do, and the mother dearly pays in Planet Terror. One should never leave their child with a loaded weapon- they just might blow their head off. Not very good parenting!!

7. Diane Freeling– The mother in Poltergeist is actually a pretty good mother, the most motherly on this list probably, but she does a couple irresponsible things in Poltergeist that stand out. Smoking pot in bed with your children in the house is probably a big no-no, and also using your daughter when experimenting with strange phenomena is not the best idea… Even though it looked super fun!

What mothers stand out to you in horror films? We’d love to know!!

Happy Saturday all you lovers of the macabre!

Last week, Emily named some honorable mentions to whet your grisly appetites for our 2012 pick for best horror movie. There were some great picks in there, but we think this one trumps all the others hands down.

The Cabin in the Woods (directed by Drew Goddard) 

Source: IMDB

Source: IMDB

Here are my reasons why this movie reigns supreme for best horror movie of 2012:

It Keeps you Guessing

Released on April 13, 2012 with the tagline, “You think you know the story”, The Cabin in the Woods (written by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, creator of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series) leaves you guessing from the opening scene of the movie.

The movie opens with two lab geeks (Richard Jenkins of Stepbrothers and Bradley Whitford of The West Wing) having a seemingly mundane conversation. I saw this in theaters and remember thinking that I might have walked into the wrong movie theater because these two guys seemed to have nothing at all to do with a scary movie. A few seconds later my confusion was dispelled when the movie title splashed across the screen in large red letters. Okay, I had walked into the right theater after all.

The Cabin in the Woods quickly switches gear, and focuses on the main character, Dana (Kristen Connolly) who is readying herself for a weekend away with four friends at a cabin in the woods. Aussie hottie Chris Hemsworth plays Curt, female Aussie hottie Anna Hutchinson plays Jules, pothead Marty is played by the awesome Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams plays the sweet good guy, Holden.

The five college students head out of town on their backwoods adventure, and that’s when things start getting downright weird. An eagle soars over a canyon, smacks into an invisible electric barrier, and plummets to its death. The two lab geeks make more appearances as the plot unfolds, and you wonder what the heck they have to do with the cabin in the woods. The five friends stop for gas at a rundown shithole of a gas station in the middle of nowhere and are warned of their doom by a creepy, tobacco chewing redneck. They ignore him as young folks always do in horror movies, and head on to their destination. When they arrive at the cabin, that’s when things really start getting weird.

And still you wonder, where is this movie going? Well, I won’t tell you because it’s so bizarre and well-crafted that it will be ruined unless you watch it for yourself. But on to the other reasons this movie is so awesome…

Comedic Element

It can be difficult indeed for a horror movie to successfully straddle the line between scary and comedic but The Cabin in the Woods does just that, and with excellent results. There are many elements of suspense in the movie where you’ll find you’re bracing yourself for something horrific to happen. However, these scary moments are balanced by moments of lightheartedness.

Marty, who reminds me of a human version of Shaggy from Scooby Doo, is perfect for the role of the silly, but sage stoner. He may be high, but he also sees things that no one else is picking up on.

In fact, there are several ways in which The Cabin in the Woods reminds me of one of my all-time favorite movies, Scream. It’s got the comedy/horror juxtaposition, it pokes fun at some of the horror movie stereotypes as this movie also does, and Marty reminds me quite a bit of Scream‘s Randy.

Source: A.V. Club

Source: A.V. Club

It Offers Something Fresh

The horror movie genre has been pretty well picked over, and there hasn’t been a lot of innovation in recent years. We’re seeing a lot of remakes of old movies and redundant plot lines, and it’s just gotten…stale.

Enter The Cabin in the Woods. I guarantee this plot hasn’t been done before….

Creativity

In my opinion, this might be the most creative horror movie I’ve ever seen. The plot is out there and far-fetched but enjoyable, and in what other movie would you see homicidal unicorns, maniacal clowns, unhinged child ballerinas, redneck zombies, masked murderers, and a merman all in one place? I’ve gotta hand it to The Cabin in the Woods–it seamlessly connects a plethora of unconnected horror genres together into one big masterpiece.

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Source: Dinosaur Dracula

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Effects

The movie, shot in Vancouver, Canada, had a budget of $30 million and more than 60 artists worked on the effects before filming even began. The awesome special effects brings all the blood, guts, and fear to life in a tangible way.

Element of the Unexpected

I’m going to be vague so as not to ruin the movie for those of you who haven’t seen it, but suffice it to say, the movie breaks a lot of “rules”. No one is “safe” and don’t assume you know how the movie is going to end. I’ve seen a lot of horror movies but this one definitely went in an unexpected direction. And I loved it!

There’s so much more I could say about this movie, but not without giving it away.  If you haven’t seen The Cabin in the Woods, watch it and let us know what you think!  If you have, do you agree or disagree with our pick as best horror movie of 2012? Let us know, we love to hear from you!

R

Happy Saturday horror fans!

It’s almost 5 months into 2013, but since we were chained up for that year and couldn’t get to a computer, we are getting to this post a little late. Better late then never though!  Today I’m going to tell you about a few of my favorite horror films of 2012. Rebecca will be here next week to tell you what her favorite horror film of 2012 was! (P.S. It’s my favorite as well!)

The Woman in Black (directed by James Watkins)

The Woman in Black

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It’s very rare that I actually feel scared when watching a horror film. As much as I love them, I have seen so many that I seem to be immune from the feeling of fear I used to get as a kid. The Woman in Black was the first film in a long time to actually get under my skin. The combination of the huge, crumbling mansion, creepy old woman ghost, really disturbing dolls, dead kids, and the foggy setting on the moors of England, made this a highly enjoyable experience for me. Now I just have to see the original!

Sinister (directed by Scott Derrickson)

Sinister

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The second film of 2012 to get under my skin! I guess it wasn’t such a bad year for horror! Ethan Hawke stars as a true crime author who moves into a house where some murders have taken place and stumbles on more than he bargained for! This movie kept me guessing, and I liked where it led to. Like The Woman in Black, creepy children play a part (I just love those little creeps!), and although this took place in a suburban house rather than a run-down mansion, it was still haunting. I loved that this was a different take on the found footage sub-genre- instead of being found footage, its about the discovery of found footage. Pretty unique!

The Collection (directed by Marcus Dunstan)

The Collection

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I loved the first film in this series, and had high hopes for its sequel, and luckily it didn’t disappoint. This film primarily takes place in the collector’s lair, and as you’d expect, he’s decked it out with insane traps, including those pesky bear traps. High energy, gory, and never boring, this is a plain old good, bloody time.

The Loved Ones (directed by Sean Byrne)

The Loved Ones

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So technically this is not a 2012 film, but rather a 2009 film, but it didn’t get a U.S. release until this year, so in my mind that counts! This tale of a deranged high school girl who decides to kidnap someone to be her date for prom was extremely well made, moving, brutal, and has the best ending of any movie I’ve seen in recent memory.

Rabies (directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado)

Rabies

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Another film that did not gain a U.S. release until this year, Rabies is actually the first horror film out of Israel, and it is a great one! Good job Israel! When this movie began I was pretty sure I knew where it was heading as it begins like many horror movies before it, but it quickly veered off in the best of ways, and kept me on my toes throughout the entire movie. It was quite hard to watch at times due to the disturbing nature of certain scenes, and the gruesomeness of it, but there were also some darkly comedic spots throughout which helped to give a little breather. This film is definitely worth a watch!

Seen all of those films already? Here are a few more to check out: The Awakening (directed by Nick Murphy), Citadel (directed by Ciaran Foy), The Hole (directed by Joe Dante), Lovely Molly (directed by Eduardo Sanchez), The Pact (directed by Nicholas McCarthy), Paranormal Activity 4 (directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman), SilentHouse (directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau), and Sleep Tight (directed by Jaume Balaguero)

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Source: The People’s Movies

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Source: Forces of Geek

Evil Dead has come a long way since Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic.

The premise is the same: five twenty-somethings travel to a cabin in the woods and unknowingly release an ancient evil. But I’d say that’s about where the similarities stop.

I may offend some people outright by not automatically expressing my allegiance for the original. But in truth, I’d say these two versions are a bit of a toss-up.  There are elements of both that I really enjoyed, and I would say that neither is better than the other. In fact, I think a hybrid of the two would have been best. Here’s what I think horror fans who have seen the original will appreciate versus maybe not appreciate so much.

Evil Dead (2013), Directed by Fede Alvarez

Why you’ll like this one

  • It’s got gore, gore, and more gore. I’ve seen a lot of horror movies and I’d say this is one of the bloodiest, nastiest ones I’ve seen. I think true horror lovers will find it to be a welcome improvement on the original, which had its moments but its special effects certainly couldn’t be called realistic. Alvarez’s rendition, riddled with self-mutilation and oceans of blood, is not for the feint of heart.
  • These demons are pretty freaking scary. Unlike the characters who were possessed in the 1981 classic and were almost comical, these demons are a bit terrifying. They don’t really taunt (except for Mia, on occasion), they attack their targets with a cold, dead persistence, more like a zombie. The suspense factor is elevated in the remake. And on a side note, I have to give props for the casting of Mia. Jane Levy is perfect for this role, which was originally given to Lily Collins. I like Lily and all, but I think casting her in this role would have been a big mistake.
  • There’s a little more to the story line. In the original, the group of friends heads to the cabin for a fun weekend in the woods. In the remake, the motivation for the trip is to rid Mia of her drug habit and support her through her difficult withdrawal. This addition adds to the film.  It gives others reason to doubt Mia’s crazy rants about seeing a girl in the woods and being attacked by trees. They don’t run when they hear this, they simply think the withdrawal is causing her to lose it and she’s looking for any reason to leave.

Why you may not like this one

  • It doesn’t have Bruce Campbell in it. I mean come on– Bruce Campbell is pretty much synonymous with the Evil Dead franchise. It’s hard to envision the movie without him. Shiloh Fernandez, the lead male character in the 2013 version is cute and all, but he doesn’t have the presence that Campbell does. In fact, he’s pretty boring.
  • The “summoning” scene is totally lame. Now, I know this is a matter of opinion, but I think the original did a much better job with the incantation of the demons. The premise of the original is that some friends drive to a remote cabin whose previous owner was a professor, and stumble upon the Necromicon (Book of the Dead) and the professor’s recordings. On the recordings it becomes clear that the professor was working to translate passages from the book, and in speaking the translated words, he unwittingly released total evil. In the remake, Eric, who finds the book, reads the words out loud even though it’s completely obvious that he should not! I think the original definitely gets kudos for creativity, and the remake falls short here.
  • The movie oversells itself. Case in point: the tagline. Here are both below:

             1981 tagline: They got up on the wrongs side of the grave.

             2013 tagline: The most terrifying film you will ever experience.

I don’t think anyone who sees the remake will agree with the preview tagline–this is NOT the most terrifying film you will ever experience. Putting it out there like that so confidently gave me high expectations and I wouldn’t call this movie “scary” at all. Gross? Yes. Suspenseful? Yes. Freaky? Yes. Scary, no.

Anyway, that’s my two cents. Both movies are awesome in their own right and up there on my list of favorites. Which one did YOU prefer? Let us know!

R

Interesting Facts

  • In the 2013 remake, the first letters of the five characters’ names (David, Eric, Mia, Olivia, and Natalie) spell out DEMON.
  • The original budget was an estimated $375,000, while the remake budget was an estimated $17,000,000. Slight difference, huh?