Don’t Breathe (2016)
Director: Fede Alvarez
Main Stars: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minette, Daniel Zovatto
Storyline: 3 robbers break into a house to steal money and they get more than they bargained for.
Review (Spoils): Rocky (Jane Levy) has been living a rough home life, Alex (Dylan Minette) is love with Rocky and will do anything for her and Money (Daniel Zovatto) well he wants money. The three young robbers have been breaking into houses stealing items to sell but when they hear of the money score in an old house they had to it. The catch is the owner is a semi blind man (Stephen Lang) who lives lone with a massive dog. The three thieves break into the house but when things go wrong they learn there is more the story of the blind man than they thought.
The film is very well written and does not waste a lot of time on back story which is good. It gets right to the point and when things go wrong for the three robbers you are actually cheering for the blind man but as the story comes full on you realise they are all monsters. The film is not a haunting story but more of “we need to escape story” which work well as it is fast paced.
You get some gun shots, jumps scares, hammer to the head a few times, some fighting, dog chases, a classic scene towards the end with Rocky (this is what raised the bar of the film), some dark scenes and of course some serious back and forth. Do not expect tons of gore or torture but this film did not need it to keep you glued.
Rating: First off, the film stars was by far both Stephen Lang and Jane Levy. You felt bad for the blind man and cheered him on and at the same time you were cheering Rocky towards the end. This film is very back and forth on who’s side are you on but in the end it all make sense. This film was a total surprise for me and I recommend it… such a fun film.
Evil Dead (2013)
Director: Fede Alvarez
Main Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
Storyline: Five friends go into the woods to a cabin and find a old book that unleashes the evil demons of the woods.
Review (Spoils): So remake time again….this time over a classic that should have never been touched. (yet again!) The film starts off with some background of a young girl being hunted down by her father who reveals she is more then it seems. Now we fly to now where five young people head to the woods as a getaway. We have the nerd, the junkie, the brother, the lovers and yet again the third wheel. One of the young men finds an old book about the occult while the junkie has some drama. The book is read and it unleashes the evil that it contained. Well ever comes the possessions and the evil spreads until it is finally burned and chopped to bits.
I personally hated the whole idea of this being made as the series is a classic but unfortunately horror has gone down this path because Hollywood is lacking on originality. The characters to be honest are dry and pointless and the film tries the first two films into this remake. Does it work? Yes and no!
The film tries too hard to be over the top with the blood and gore but it was entertaining. The remake of the classic tree scene was not as good at all. It was actually boring to be honest they really could of done better with this one. The film did try to stay along the lines of the first one but somewhere near the end it became a bit of a mess in the storyline. But I do love that they brought the classic car in a scene for Sam Rami.
Rating: This film actually was better than I thought but it still does not touch the originals. I just did not care for the characters and was more excited to see the demons. If they leave this as is it will be ok but if they try to press a second one then it will become a fail for the series overall. Do yourself a favor and watch the first original one again. All Hail Ash!