Hot Sheet: Anything That Loves
BY Advocate.com Editors
July 12 2013 10:21 AM ET
7. DVD: Evil Dead
Evil Dead purists (like one of our editors who had to be convinced by Bruce Campbell, the man himself, at WonderCon) might be hesitant to watch the 2013 version of Evil Dead, which is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet on July 16. But you shouldn’t be. Campbell (who many know from his long-running role on Burn Notice and even more from his turns in the original Evil Dead films) makes a star turn, and you can tell that he and producer Sam Raimi had a great deal of influence — and that fellow producer Robert Tapert is nothing but a giant fanboy with a brilliant modern lens. In this new-but-classic tale, five 20-something friends stay in a remote cabin in the woods, find the Book of the Dead, awaken a demon, and it all turns into a bloody good film. Jane Levy, from the the TV series Suburgatory, is put through the metaphorical ringer, as the center upon which much of the demonic possession is aimed. It’s at turns terrifying, irreverent, exhilarating, and subversive, and while the girl-girl kisses aren’t the good kind, they hint at the long-held tradition of homosexual themes showing up as subtext in classic horror films. Both versions come with some fun bonus material — you must watch “Making Life Difficult, which shows the physically grueling work making this film without CGI really was, and Being Mia, which show’s Levy’s physical and psychological transformation into “Evil Mia.”
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