One of the most astounding horror films that I have seen in quite some while. True that it was rather gory but it was also scary as hell and not just for the blood. It was a truly horrifying trek down the reimagined work of Sam Raimi. This is rumored to be how he and Bruce Campbell, Groovy, wanted to do the film in the first place. It will become a classic in much the same way that the original Evil Dead did from 1981.
Five friends have gathered at the old family cabin of Mia (Jane Levy) and David (Shiloh Fernandez) to help Mia recover from a drug addiction, a bad one. They are all there to help her through the withdraw that they know is going to wrack her mind and body as she goes cold turkey. What they do not realize is that the cabin has been used before for a more demonic purge that is going to haunt them for the rest of their lives.
As in the original there is a dark book that is bound in a strange skin that is so evil that it will not even burn. Bound within its pages is an evil that they are unable to understand and then unwittingly unleash it. They find the book when the dog that they brought with them, Grandpa (Inca), finds a trap door in the cabin. All of them go down to see what the horrid smell is that at first only Mia could smell because of the withdraw. It is down there among the cats and charred wood that they find the book.
Eric (Shiloh Fernandez) is the one that lets the demon loose on his friends by reading aloud the names and passages in the book of the dead. With Mia in an already altered state, she is the perfect host for the spirit who’s ultimate goal is to bring her master into this world. It will toy with Mia’s mind and then the others to get to what it is that she wants.
Two other people are there as well, both with a background in or study in medicine. One an intern and the other a nurse, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas). They are there to help both brother and sister make it through this hard time. At first they attribute Mia’s odd behavior on the withdraw but later….
This film is going to grip you and drag you down to the depths of fear like you just would not believe that a film can. It will have you shivering as you see the actions take place on the screen. With every scrap, with every thump and thus and with every scream you are going to know fear and terror as you watch this film. There is no deigning that this is a truly horrific and terrifying film that just might keep you up at nights. Just don’t say the words or its story just might haunt you as well.
I give this film a Musing review of