Some might already call the ABC series “Suburgatory” a near horror show on its own what with the overly perfect characters of suburban Chatswin. And it might seem that star of above show, Jane Levy, could easily fit into the horror genre, despite her hit ABC series being a comedy and not near the violence of modern cinematic horror. With actresses seemingly expected to go for the jugular in debut movie roles, it may also not seem shocking to see Levy take the lead in the new “Evil Dead” remake.
But while the above film may be getting raves, the much more gratuitous female victimization in today’s horror movie may ultimately have some criticism. It likely had a lot of the starlets lining up for the role of Mia in “Evil Dead” pondering whether it was the best way to start off their film careers. Even Lily Collins dropped out of the role, though it was cited as being scheduling issues.
All told, the role of Mia in the above film must have been emotionally exhausting. With the horrified visage of Jane Levy on “Evil Dead” promotional images, it lets us know that her character isn’t in for a picnic in the woods. It’s quite ramped up from what it was when many of our top actresses debuted in both classic and schlocky horror films.
After all, the comparison of Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode in 1978’s “Halloween” to Mia in “Evil Dead” is quite the contrast in their horrific journeys. Curtis is obviously the emblem of young women starting out in terrifying movie tales and moving on to better ground. Nevertheless, it makes you wonder what would have happened had she depicted the torture seen in “Evil Dead” or, heaven forbid, the “Saw” franchise.
“Halloween” at least set an example of the woman coming out of her ordeal in a way she could potentially heal from. It’s hard to imagine Mia in “Evil Dead” being able to lead a normal life after what she experiences. Of course, that’s where tongue-in-cheek comedy helps, which is what other top actresses starting out in horror had to work with in their debuts.
Take for example Amy Adams, who starred in “Psycho Beach Party” 13 years ago, and long before “Enchanted.” This was an example of the campy comedy horror genre that employed many young women still finding their way in the film industry. It was a genre that Jane Levy would have thrived on considering her background in comedy.
Now she’s taking on the deadly serious horror film that may not be as much fun or career enhancing. Even her next film will be a horror drama called “In a Dark Place” from director Bharat Nalluri. It’s all indication of something changing in the horror movie philosophy to take much of the fun away.
Ironically, the original “The Evil Dead” franchise used to have a tongue placed firmly in cheek. Perhaps the second part of the new franchise can get back to that and utilize Levy’s Mia with a slightly healthier mental outlook.