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The NOT so EVIL DEAD

The NOT so "EVIL DEAD"... by Terrie M. Scott, April 16, 2013

Terrie M. Scott Let me begin my expressing my deepest condolences and prayers to those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Our thoughts are with you all.

As for my blog, I've never been a fan of gore films. By gore films, I mean movies devoid of a decent plot (IMHO)and that have no choice but to fall back on senseless gore to fill the minutes up.

Slasher flicks that always have the same idiotic young adults sleeping around, who end up being hacked to death in their parents house or at some remote camp site. You know the films - unsuspecting, sex charged teens getting picked off one by one.

HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY the 13th are examples of successful slasher flicks. They've stood the test of time and countless sequels.

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET scared the bejeesuz out of me. Freddy Krueger was a terrifying character and brought new meaning to nightmares. There was plenty of sheer terror and a compelling plot to justify the blood.

Being a SciFi addict, you see all kinds of things from “MegaShark” eating swimmers to “Giant Cobra” eating tourist as hors d'oeuvres. Most are loosely based around a shaky plot, but we make allowances for these kinds of films, these "B" movies. Because, let's face it, we don't expect much from films like "Skeeter!" Just campy entertainment at best.

My girls and I loved watching these films like “Skeeter” and “Sabertooth” because we'd make up our own silly subplots to them.


Then there are those films that exist solely to shock and make us squeamish. Movies like "Saw" or "Hostel" which to me seem to only serve as a means of showing us various ways to torture people and charge tickets for it. There's an audience for it. I just don't see any value in these films other than the cringe factor.

I'm not a fan of over the top gore. It waters down the plot - with a blood bath - and serves no real purpose.

Wait a minute? But, didn't I say I was a die hard WALKING DEAD fan and one could argue there is plenty of gore in that TV series. I would argue that 90% of the violence is against the zombie population. Humans are supposed to kill zombies.

My favorite video games have always been the Resident Evil series and Left4Dead. Zombies - gotta love them, but gotta kill them.

WALKING DEAD, the AMC hit TV series, has such a strong story line of SURVIVAL and adaptation in a zombie apocalypse it's easy to ignore the gore of killing zombies when you're worried about which of your favorite human characters are going to survive that night's episode.

Who would have thought that Redneck Daryl would have become just about everyone's favorite characters after three seasons? He's certainly my favorite character.

I don't even notice the zombie deaths so much anymore. Guess I have grown accustomed to them. Heck, I can even eat dinner while watching WALKING DEAD now. Can't you? lol

There's just no pleasant way to kill a zombie. So deal with it.

Quote: “To me, the best zombie movies aren’t the splatter fests of gore and violence with goofy characters and tongue in cheek antics. Good zombie movies show us how messed up we are, they make us question our station in society… and our society’s station in the world. They show us gore and violence and all that cool stuff too… but there’s always an undercurrent of social commentary and thoughtfulness.” ― Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye (End quote)

But, to me? That's different than sitting in a 90 minute movie that fills their film with gore, gore and more gore. No thanks.

Sometimes I sit there thinking if the characters depicted are THAT stupid, then they get what they deserve. Time to thin out the herd, so to speak.

What am I getting at?

EVIL DEAD.

Sorry to those EVIL DEAD fans, but I'm not a fan. Have never been a fan and like the new version even less... Don't be offended, to each his own and I respect your right to like the films. I'm sure there are plenty of things I like, that you don't like either. So, peace.

EVIL DEAD - The film tells a story of five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a wooded area. Their vacation becomes gruesome when they get more than they bargained for when they accidentally summon demons from the nearby woods, with incredibly gory, blood-soaked results.

Hmmm. See? Demons producing gory blood soaked results. Let me stop you there. You didn't see little Reagan from THE EXORCIST came at the priest with a chainsaw or attack her mother with a fireplace poker. Did you?

That's just not a "demons" Modus operandi , per se. As I stated in my earlier blog, they're more into contorting, controlling and distorting, not so much into creating gore fest.

Demons seem more intent on taking our souls and destroying our lives, not so much on impaling fellow campers.

EVIL DEAD is just violent and then followed by more extreme violence.

Thank God it's not real! Given the number of people that have come to the Rectory and several have experienced periods of rage and oppression? Can you imagine if the same principles of demonics from EVIL DEAD were true to life?

I can hear the phone ringing now.

Oh, Terrie? One of the Sedamsville Rectory guest shoved the offering basket through someone's head...

Or someone overcome by demonic oppression shoved a fellow team member into the piano console, are we insured?

And, that china you have in the dining room? Just how valuable is it? Someone is wearing it as an eye patch now... Uh, yeah.

If the Sedamsville Rectory was like the EVIL DEAD movie?  Tim would have to hose down the walls from the blood bath after every investigation.

Well, Hollywood and reality are very far apart when it comes to the EVIL DEAD concept.

Don't get me wrong, reality is far, far worse. A SPIRITUAL WAR waged for our souls. No one wants to be "left behind" or spend an eternity in Hell by choice, let alone have help from some demonic manipulating your moves and destroying your life.

In real life, when a demonic puts you in its cross hairs, the ride doesn't end in 90 minutes and popcorn is not provided. It's a slow calculated process, as we see in "THE EXORCIST." It doesn't happen suddenly when you open up a book (re: " Book of the Dead" from EVIL DEAD film).

Truth is stranger than fiction.



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