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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

Previewing the Good, Bad, and Ugly of Evil Dead, Jurassic Park 3D, and On The Road

 I’ll swallow your soul!

 

Come get some.

 

EVIL DEAD

 

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. *

 

The Good – The 1981 small, independently produced gross out horror film that launched the careers of its star and director earns the remake/reboot tag.  While normally I would place this under the bad category while lambasting about how unoriginal Hollywood has become, there is something about this particular production that has me excited.  Perhaps it’s the fact all the major principals of the original film oversaw every aspect of the process.  Even though director Sam Raimi was not behind the lens this time (having been busy with Oz: The Great and Powerful for the past few years), he, original star Bruce Campbell, and producer Robert Tapert all took part in making sure this reimagining meets the expectations of the fans.  Also, in a rarity, this gross horror film has garnered good reviews, and a decidedly R rating.

 

The Bad – I may understand the reasoning behind the casting decisions and agree with the decision whole-heartedly, but it saddens me that series star Bruce Campbell will not be in this movie.  The Evil Dead trilogy may be known in some circles for its inventive camera movies and a wicked sense of humor, but it’s Mr. Campbell’s Ashley J. Williams that brought in the fans.  He’s rude, masochistic and a coward whose one liner’s have cracked up audiences for decades.  The filmmakers rightly chose to not include him in the remake with the thinking that only Bruce can be Ash.  While I agree, I still find it hard to imagine an Evil Dead film without him.

 

The Ugly – Everything that happened in the original film, especially the pencil and the ankle, and Ash’s sister’s run into the woods.  Everything that happens in this film could be included as well, from what I’ve heard.

 

Evil Dead is rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.

 

JURASSIC PARK 3D

 

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. *

 

The Good – Do I need to elaborate on this?  Chances are, most people have seen this film.  Steven Spielberg’s classic man versus nature survival blockbuster ushered in a new era of CGI, a renaissance that is still going on today.  It’s a great adventure film that deserves to be seen on the large screen.

 

The Bad – I’m just iffy about the whole 3D conversion.  The film was shot in 2D and was always meant to be seen in that fashion.  The 3D screams as nothing but a cash grab.  While I appreciate its re-release, I shake my head at the reasoning.

 

The Ugly – A huge Tyrannosaurus ate the lawyer.  Well I suppose that proves they’re really not all bad.  (Thanks ‘Weird’ Al for the song!)

 

Jurassic Park 3D is rated PG-13 for intense science fiction terror.

 

ON THE ROAD

 

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly. *

 

The Good – Jack Kerouac wrote the novel the defined the Beat generation, based on his travels throughout America with his friends.  Its impact has fascinated many throughout the years and is a seminal work of American culture.  Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) felt he was up to the task to translate it to the screen, bringing along Sam Riley (13), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) for the ride.  Was he successful?  Well…

 

The Bad – According to Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, the answer is a resounding No.  Even the positive notices on the websites are calling it a mess of a film.  Then again, so was the novel.  I hated the book, struggling to even finish it in high school.  I did not like the characters, or the sentence structures.  It’s one of the few books where you can go pages upon pages until you reach a period.  Kerouac’s stream of conscious ramblings made little sense.  It has its fans, but I am not one of them.  I’ll stay away.

 

The Ugly – For me, the novel itself counts.

 

On the Road is rated R for strong sexual content, drug use and language.

 

That will do for this week.  Tune in next time when Jackie Robinson slides into a comedy horror franchise.  Until then, Hail to the King, Baby.

 

*all movie summaries taken from IMDB.com. 

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