Review: Evil Dead Revision

Evil Dead Revision Review Bruce Campbell by Kris Madden

Ash Vs. Evil Dead comes back for its third season on Sunday, February 25 and I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming installment. When I was 8 years-old, my mom and grandma took me to see Army of Darkness in the theater and I’ve been a fan of the franchise ever since.

And like many fans of the Evil Dead series, I’ve seen a multitude of variations, edits, supercuts, remixes and so on. There’s something about the raw material of these films, which makes them fun no matter how they’re cut, shaped, buried, resurrected, re-possessed, and renewed into a new format.

The most recent addition to this collection of Evil Dead remixes is Jorge Torres-Torres‘s 72-minute black and white supercut: Evil Dead Revisionand it’s groovy. This cut takes the original footage and reforms the series into a one-shot arthouse horror film that stands all on its own. It’s both familiar and new with a straight-buckshot to the Sam Raimi’s director’s cut ending.

As Torres-Torres told HorrorTalk in their piece on his edit:

“I’ve always thought that Sam Raimi’s filmmaking had a classic style to it. By turning Evil Dead black-and-white, the cinematography reflects its influences from the 50s and 60s. By taking the dialogue out, it relies on all its physical set pieces, which are many and are so epic that they actually can tell the story without dialogue aiding it.”

For me, what sets this edit apart from others is level of craftsmanship and artistry this version has. Jorge Torres-Torres is a skilled filmmaker in his own right with a fondness for cinema that began when he was a kid. According to his 2012 interview with Forget The Box, “Torres-Torres’ passion for filmmaking came from an early age when his father, a film collector, would play movies night and so, by the time he was eighteen, Torres-Torres started making home video movies.” And this is a key ingredient for the success of this edit, it comes from someone who has heart for the film’s source material and a deep love for the cinematic art form.

So for this edit, I’m going to give it 3 out of 5 chainsaws.

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Now, for your viewing pleasure, I present to you: Evil Dead Revision

EVIL DEAD REVISION from Jorge Torres-Torres on Vimeo.

P.S.

If you’re an ardent Modest Mouse fan, you may already be familiar with some of Jorge Torres-Torres’s work—he was the man behind the camera for the band’s singles, “The Ground Walks with Time in a Box” and “Lampshades On Fire”.

 

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Author: Kris Madden

Kris Madden is an American professor, writer, and artist whose work has garnered press and media attention from the likes of The Independent, Lifehacker, and Boing! Boing! among others. In the past, he has written for network blogs GearLive, FlushLife and PeevishPenman. His short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures and in 2010, his short memoir was a winner in the William Saroyan Writing Contest. He currently lives in Fresno, California with his wife and three kids.

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