Haven’t had enough unnecessary remakes yet? Well here’s one of the classic 1981 horror film Evil Dead. The original was basically Sam Raimi’s first movie so I kind of like the parallel that the remake is pretty much Fede Alvarez’s first movie. This isn’t a straight shot for shot remake or even really an updated version. It’s essentially the same story but it’s different enough that people that have seen Evil Dead a bunch of times don’t know what’s coming next, personally I think that was a good way to go for this. Though sadly there is no Ash, I wouldn’t even say there’s an Ash like character which really was kind of a bummer. I went into this with pretty low expectations for various reasons but I actually ended up liking this way more than I had expected to. The movie wasn’t great, but it was pretty good. There were some problems though. Overall it seemed like the motto was “we can’t make as good as a movie as Sam Raimi did so let’s just add more gore”. Overall with that I felt like I’d just seen a hollow, poor imitation of an Evil Dead movie. It was a good enough movie to go see in theaters, probably the best horror movie I’ve seen in theaters in a while. But I’d be totally fine with never getting a sequel to it.
Most people know Bruce Campbell from his acting, most specifically the Evil Dead movies. Well Bruce decided he’d had enough life experience under his belt to write an autobiography. And damn if it isn’t a good one. This takes us from Bruce’s childhood making up games with his friends in the neighborhood to making backyard movies to the giant mess it was trying to raise money for, film and sell Evil Dead (a good chunk of the book). From there it goes onto other film projects, Bruce branching out and becoming an actor independent of Sam Raimi and his friends all the way to doing the book tour for this book. It’s also got an excellently hilarious intro by Sam and Ted Raimi. Anyone who’s a Bruce Campbell fan, a fan of movies or just likes reading autobiographies will really enjoy this one.
Drag me to Hell is Sam Raimi’s return to horror, a lot of people were really excited for this one, but not me. Not that I don’t love Sam Raimi’s movies or horror movies but the previews looked awful. I know he’s been into a lot of Japanese horror movies a lot lately and the previews just made it look like Sam’s attempt at that filled with CGI. I’m glad I was wrong. This flick was classic Sam Raimi fun, there was a lot less CGI than I had expected, but as always I hated what was there. Unfortunately there was no Bruce Campbell, that’s ok though. If you had you’re worries about this movie you can put them aside, sit back, relax and have fun watching this one.
Spider-Man: Sam Raimi is going to direct a Spider-Man movie? And it’s going to have Willem Dafoe as main bad guy bad-ass Green Goblin? Fuck Yeah! Sign me up. Me along with most of the other comic nerds on the planet were pretty fucking stoked for this movie and I don’t think many were let down. This basically follows your stand Spider-Man origin story that breaks out into facing one of his arch nemeses, Green Goblin. At the time it was the greatest comic book movie ever made, which stood true in my opinion until the sequel came out. Any Spider-Man fan should be happy with this flick. Not to say it’s perfect, it does have a tiny problem or two but nothing that can’t be overlooked. It’s also got Kristen Dunst looking pretty sexy as she does about half the time, unfortunately the other half she looks kinda busted…but that’s not the point. We’ve also got Tobey Maguire, that fucking weird creepy hitch hiker from Fear and Loathing as Spider-Man/Peter Parker (holy fuck, nobody saw that coming). Also if you keep your eyes peeled you’ll catch Stan the man Lee, of course thanks to Sam we’ve got the great Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell. And last but not least fucking “Macho Man” Randy Savage as BONESAW!!! This is a quality fucking comic book movie.
Spider-Man 2: Spider-Man was so fucking great, of course they’re making a sequel, they’ve got to, right? Please. Oh yes they are. This is possibly my favorite comic book movie ever still today. All the main players are back. Sam Raimi is directing, weird hitchhiker Toby Maguire is back as well as Kristen Dunst and a little bit of Willem Dafoe again. Of course We’ve also got our cameos with Stan Lee and Ted Raimi again and a great one from Bruce Campbell. Too bad there’s no Randy Savage this time (I’m holding out for a BONESAW! movie, but we’ll see). This time we’ve got another great Spider-Man arch nemeses, Doc Ock, in the main bad guy role played nicely by Alfred Molina as well as Harry Osborn giving Spidey some problems because boo hoo hoo, he thinks Spider-Man killed his dad. There’s not enough good I can say about this movie so I’m going to keep this pretty short and just say go see this movie if you like Spider-Man, in fact just go out and buy the DVD because its that mega sweet.
Spider-Man 3: Now Spider-Man 3, two great films in a row, can they pull the hat trick? Most people say no, I say yes. There’s a lot of hate on this one, and I guess I can see why parts of it do seem kind of hokey and a little rushed but I really like this one. granted its the 3rd in the list of the three movies but its still great in my eyes. Once again luckily we’ve got Sam Raimi back in the director’s seat. We’ve got weird hitch hiker Tobey Maguire and semi beat looking Kirsten Dunst back in their title roles. Stan Lee and Ted Raimi pop up once again. And Bruce Campbell in my favorite roll of his in the series. (Once again, Randy Savage is absent from this one, where’s my BONESAW movie?). Here we’ve got Harry Osborn being cyber ninja Harry to start things out, this part I did absolutely hate, luckily it got better, but that shit was stupid, if he wanted to be the Green Goblin he should have been the Green Goblin. In part three we get introduced to Venom/Eddie Brock, surprisingly played greatly by Topher Grace. An odd choice but I think he pulled it off. We’ve also get Gwen Stacy in the picture and Sandman is running around (played by Thomas Haden Church, (wtf Lowell, shouldn’t you be on Wings?). While I’m thinking about it too I’d like to take a second in this review and correct and injustice from my previous two reviews. I failed to mention James Franco has done a great job as Harry Osborn. And I’ve also neglected to call out J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson who I think does the best job being his character out of anyone in all three films, Jameson is dead on right out of the comic pages here. Back on track here though. This movie we’ve got Sandman running around being the petty crook he is until he hooks up with Venom, kind of a weird combo but ok it works. As far as Venom goes it starts out as the black goo alien symbiont becoming the black suit of Spider-Man as it should go. This also brings up some of the best/worst scenes in the movie as peter Parker starts to turn into an asshole because of the alien. On the good side of things he’s being pretty pimp-tacular and has a hilarious strut down the street scene which may be my favorite scene in the movie even though its so stupid. However we’ve also got that god awful scene in the jazz club. But I’m side tracking again, Venom and Sandman team up to destroy Spider-Man because, well they’re villains. Spider-Man makes up with cyber ninja Harry which was kind of stupid and this becomes a tag team affair for the final fight. All in all not too shabby. Like I said it was the weakest of the three but still pretty rad, it’s got a place on my DVD shelf.
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