What better way to kick the week off then with some self-mutilation, a needle in the eye, and a good head bashing? Oh sure – a delicious bowl of Fruity Pebbles would be just as satisfying, but watching the transformation of Olivia in Evil Dead from 2013 is even more satisfying.
Kudos to the sound design department on this movie for the sound effects of Olivia (Jessica Lucas) sawing away at her face with a piece of glass. Not exactly the sexiest thing in the world, but it almost beats the fact that she peed her pants earlier in the scene. Leave it up to a horror movie to make a sexy girl unsexy in a matter of seconds. But anyway, this scene was definitely the tipping point for me as far as appreciating and applauding this remake of the original The Evil Dead from 1981, which in itself was a big feat considering my love for that original.
I remember the first time I saw The Evil Dead. My sister had seen it the night before at a slumber party (because slumber parties were all the rage in the 80’s), and came home with the VHS telling me it was the scariest movie she’d ever seen. Being the sceptic that I am, and was as an 8-year-old boy back then, I told her she was full of shit. At which point my Mom stuck a bar of soap in my mouth. So I pushed my skepticism aside and sat down to watch it.
Oh look – five kids in an old cabin. Scotty tells everyone to “Party down!!”. Hey, they found an old tape recorder in the basement with some creepy guy talking about demons and junk like that. Uh oh – a girl just got raped by some trees. And then…….the possession of Cheryl is revealed:
Yikes! This is the moment when I was all in on The Evil Dead. I know, I should been all in at the tree raping, but it was Cheryl’s possession reveal that gave me the creeps – so it wins. The levitation and the voice with her head rolling around back and forth challenged my nerves, but it was actually the somewhat cheesy makeup effects that did it for me. Probably those white eyes. Which are an understandable side effect after being taken against your will by demonic tree branches I guess. Note to self by the way: Don’t leave any unattended pencils lying around if a possessed body collapses near me.