The makers of the reboot/redo "Evil Dead" might be filled with dread when they hear the news that their version is pretty weak compared to the new Swedish bloodbath, known as "Wither".
A tribute to the 1981 original, Sam Raimi's take captured demonic possession with delirious camera angles, a likable turn by newcomer Bruce Campbell and bleak atmospherics. Slight on laughs but, heavy on the grue and packed with incredible style on such a miniscule budget.
This film grabs you by throat and doesn't let go, just like one of those re-animated beings. Throw in an attractive young cast trapped in a cabin with a grim folklore set-up, practical Special F/Xs and bloody twists and you have one of the best low-budgeted remakes to come out in quite some time.
Newly released on DVD, available to own by purchase only on-line, right in time for Halloween. Presented by Artsploitation Films.
And speaking of Artsploitation Films, the great new distributor of movies to watch at home first, was kind enough to offer up a free copy to one lucky reader who contacts the Pittsburgh Indie Movie Examiner (via e-mail) at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word WITHER in the reply.