Plot: David, his drug-using sister Mia and his friends Eric, Olivia and
Natalie travel to an isolated cabin that belonged to his parents to
spend a couple of days together. Mia promises to stop using drugs and
Olivia, who is a nurse, promises to help Mia in her abstinence. They
discover a hidden basement with witchcraft and the Book of the Dead, and
Eric reads it and unintentionally summons an evil force. Mia, Olivia
and Natalie are possessed by evil and Eric reads the book trying to
learn how to destroy the demon.
The heroes: Bunch of young people in the woods with protagonist Mia who is a drug addict.
The antagonists: Demon from hell.
What makes it so great?
The film is a remake of old classic flick, which I sadly haven't seen. The remake is quite gripping, frightening and entertaining though I found it problematic since I'm given to understand the original was campy horror fun and this one went for genuine serious horror scares. That, combined with grotesque voice of the demon and a number of odd and crazy scenes (like a tree scene), seemed to be hit and miss in terms of general tone of the movie.
Best scene: The final sequence with raining blood and a chainsaw.
Oh-oh something's not right line: There was something in the woods, David... and I think it's in here with us... now.
Morbid Trivia: If you take the first letters of the main characters David, Eric, Mia, Olivia and Natalie, the letters spell out DEMON.
Scare factor: - 3/5 evil pumpkins - many jump scares and fairly creepy moments when the demon shows up.
Gore factor: - 5/5 bloody Leatherfaces - this is one of the goriest movies I've ever seen - there is blood everywhere including the rain of blood in final sequence. The film used 70,000 gallons of fake blood. In an interview, Fede Alvarez, the film's director, said they used 50,000 gallons for the final scene alone. This is compared to the 200-300 gallons used in the original.
Is there a twist? No.
Hint: I'd recommend not eating before this one. Also don't watch it if you are in the woods with the goal of...enjoying the nature.
Unsuitable for: People who plan on staying in the cabin any time soon. People who are planning an intervention for one of their friends.
Repercussions: Fear of electric knives. Fear of basements. Fear of trees.