I’ve never walked out of a movie theater, but the only time I remember one of my friends asking if we wanted to leave was during the recent remake of the “Evil Dead.”
I don’t really have a favorite genre of movie because I like a lot of different ones, but I do know I’m not a huge horror movie fan. I also had never seen the original version of this movie, so I really didn’t have any expectations going into the theater for this remake. I just went to tag along with my friends.
From the reviews I’ve seen, people either loved this movie or hated it, something I think tends to happen with remakes. I’m a little split on remakes. There are some remakes that make me furious, such as the Lifetime version of “Steel Magnolias.” Nothing against any of the actresses, because I really like Queen Latifah, but I started to watch it and couldn’t get past my anger and turned it off. I do enjoy some remakes, such as “Hairspray” (although I kind of consider that different situation. There was the original “Hairspray,” which inspired the Broadway musical, which in turn was made into a movie, so a remake in the sense of the roots of the story, but still two very different movie experiences for me.)
There is also something I usually do when I’m watching a bad movie and that is search for something to enjoy. Even if I’m sitting through a terrible movie, I usually find myself laughing and I enjoy watching it to see how bad it will continue to get. I don’t think I would classify “Evil Dead” as a bad movie overall, I did find myself, my friends, and the people sitting behind us, laughing at some of the horrid acting.
This also makes me think of the movie “Legion.” By looking at this movie’s trailer and the descriptions, my friends and I thought this would be a cool movie. But we soon found ourselves laughing very hard at the terrible acting and we did finish the movie. We didn’t really care about it or what happened, but we couldn’t stop watching.
Perhaps one of the reasons I’m not a huge horror fan is predictability that can sometimes go along with the genre. As soon as I found out the main girl had a drug problem and didn’t make through the intervention last time because of her withdrawal, I thought something bad or crazy would happen to her and all her friends would blame the withdrawal and not believe her. Which is exactly what happened. It also had it’s fair share of just plain dumb horror movies characters, who walk into a dark room, unarmed, because they heard a noise. Or the group will send one person off by themselves to check on their friend who’s going crazy and has been trying to kill them, instead of just actually sticking together. But if those characters would think logically and not do those stupid things, there’d be no movie I guess.
I genuinely kept trying to like this movie, and I kept trying to hold onto the parts I liked, which were mostly visual aspects and effects. But those cool aspects kept getting overwhelmed by the aspects I didn’t like. I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I probably wouldn’t watch it again.