Evil Dead was not a personal favorite of mine, just because I do not necessarily like slasher films. Though it was one of those movies that make you clench your fists, hide under a jacket and curse on occasion. Evil dead proved to be one of the better slasher films in the last five years. But more so, it was this remake that made audiences more surprised and keen on watching. Unlike where other remakes are improved, as you can say with technology, the story of the 2013 version of Evil dead had different changes on the plot. Yet you still get the gore and craziness of the original.
The film is considered to be under the sub-genre of the “Final Girl”, a term coined by Clover in the early 90s. Defined as “the last character to be left alive”, the girl who most often than not are seen as the victims become the hero at the end of the film killing the villain and is the last remaining survivor.
The story begins with Mia being forced to go to the cabin with her brother and friends as an intervention for her drug abuse. This shows the weakness of the feminine character, one that does not have control over her life and is need of a stronger reinforcement such as the male friends around her. However, in this film we see the change in gender perspective common to the “final girl” films. Where they become more masculine at the end. This cross-gender identification shows how the victim becomes the hero at the end.
What I found enjoyable most from this film was when the “monster” was awakened by the book after a male friend read it out aloud. The camera chasing into the house as each line was spoken brought chills down my spine. It was interesting to see the fast paced, heart wrenching, scene go back and forth.
Another interesting note to point out in this film and one that our group discussed is the cliche seen in slasher or final girl type of horror films. First, the girl is often brunette than blonde. This is to break the stereotype of the “dumb-blonde” and helpless image of a woman. Secondly, the setting is usually isolated. Thus running away seems irrelevant. Third, the chosen weapon is not a gun. As stupid as it may sound, the main protagonists find other tools to protect oneself. Clover uses the film Psycho as her main reference to this sub-genre, but even decades after, this is still common to these types of films.
Save the Best for “last” simply states what happens to every film such as the final girl sub-genre. The last girl shows her strength in defeating the monster and is seen as the hero of the film.