Evil Dead (2013)

Less a remake and more a re-imagined update, this Evil Dead has a refreshingly serious tone that was lacking in last year’s anticipated Cabin in the Woods. It’s even more serious than the initial Dead film. The latest is dark and dismal. In fact, the character who is most sensitive to the evil lurking in the woods is dealing with hardcore drug withdrawal. Things just got real. Add to that genuine scares, gobs of gore and mutilation and we got a genuine horror movie with a little heart and soul, minus a few small cliches. [rating: $8] –Kenyon