2.18 – EVIL DEAD (2013) and Supernatural Memes

We conclude our look at the EVIL DEAD franchise — and emerge, blinking, out the other side of Hallowe’en horror season — with Fede Álvarez’s 2013 remake/redux/re-boot. We discuss all these terms, have a think about the way in which Raimi and Álvarez revisit supernatural memes, and consider why this film is more interesting than good.

This Week’s Watching
DR STRANGE (2016): Scott Derrickson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor
ASH VS EVIL DEAD (2015—): Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

Recommendations
THE ASCENT (2010): Steven James Creazzo, Josie Davis, William McNamara
SPRING (2014): Justin Benson, Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker
OLDBOY (2003):* Park Chan-Wook, Choi Min-Sik, Yoo Ji-Tae
SAW (2004): James Wan, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover

Footnotes
First, this site is good on the ASH VS EVIL DEAD TV series: http://www.deadites.net. Then, here’s some background on meme theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme and redux: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redux_(literary_term). This is an interesting discussion of the status of the film in the context of Raimi’s originals: https://redringsofredemption.com/2013/04/12/evil-dead-2013-sequel-or-remake. Here are some references to the originals, some of which we mentioned: http://screenrant.com/evil-dead-remake-references-original. Finally, here’s the obligatory Chekov’s gun link: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-711956.html (though some contributors have a hard time thinking of CG moments).