Short review for Nerve Magazine
Sam Raimi’s legendary horror series gets hit with the remake stick and the results are gratifyingly gory. Mia (Jane Levy) and her friends retreat to a cabin in the woods to help Mia kick her drug habit. Before you can ponder “how will this turn sour?”, the gang find a strange book wrapped in barbed wire and learn a swift lesson that you should never touch books wrapped in barbed wire.
Fede Alvarez’s film manages to shock through its extreme visuals – no body part is safe from the escalating violence that feels more like pitch black humour than grim torture porn. Fans of the original’s will be able to point out numerous call backs and references and the film does well mixing in the appropriate fan service. Not for the weak of stomach, but an enjoyable update to one of cinema’s best horror franchises.