The remake of Sam Raimi’s zombie classic The Evil Dead has got us feeling ghoulish. So we revisited some cult classics to learn some survival lessons.
When the dead rise, all that hard-earned movie knowledge is really going to come in handy.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
To some, Dawn of the Dead represents a seminal moment in the oeuvre of auteur George A. Romero that is filled with scathing social commentary that satirises the excesses of consumerist culture – but those insights are useless when you’re trying to escape hordes of the undead. For the survivalist, it teaches you that the biggest danger in a zombie outbreak is biker gangs. It’s all well and good having an almost endless supply of food and zombie-smashing tools at your fingertips, but if you’re holed up in a shopping centre, every thug with a motorbike and a machete is going to want that place for themselves.
Bio Zombie (1998)
When it comes to underrated Chinese zombie films from the late nineties in which Lucozade has been tainted by some top secret military bioweapon that turns people into zombies, one of the best has to be Bio Zombie. Quirky, funny and lacking in the usual gore and violence of a traditional zombie flick, Bio Zombie is another shopping mall hide-fest, the film focusing around two video bootleggers who, during the course of the film, mug, scam and screw over as many people as possible, but you end up warming to them. The lesson for the survivalist? Be horrible and you’ll survive, be nice and you’ll end up dragging your carcass along with the rest of the ghouls.
When mad cow disease mutates to mad person disease and people start running around wanting to snack on the brains of the living, you have to do everything you can to survive. You could take the Tallahassee route and give yourself a quest to keep you busy and plough through zombie herds with a huge truck along the way, or you could give yourself a set of rules like Columbus to help you survive. The most important rule? Never kill Bill Murray – it might not help the survivalist, but it’s one I choose to live by.
Evil Dead: Reincarnated. Reviewed.
Evil Dead has a lot to live up to by trying to recreate one of the most infamous cult horrors of all time.
Produced by the original director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell, but directed by Fede Alvarez, the film has been massively hyped with more than a few sceptics waiting for another botched thriller.
The film starts with heroin addicted Mia (Jane Levy) and her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend and their two childhood buddies. The group stumble across the necronimicon, a twisted book sewn together by human flesh, and accidently release the evil that possesses it.
Evil Dead has taken the original’s extreme gore and self-mutilation, and increased it to an eye-gouging level.
The visceral cinematography and constant dread portrayed throughout the movie will bring excitement to any gore-addicted horror buff.
The clichéd demonic insults and myriad household weapons used to stab, burn and hack their way through their friends sticks to the 1981 original, but the black humour has been removed in an attempt to keep you on the edge of your seat – which thankfully it does.
The film not only twists the plot but holds surprises and curveballs for fans of the original and newcomers alike.
Evil Dead offers a challenge to the world – that demons and gore aren’t dead, they just need a group of naive teens to
release an evil demon
before mercilessly slaughtering each other in the most imaginative way possible.
Out now on general release, certificate 18.