While this is a film that feels very dated, it doesn’t lack quality. Other than a setup that drags on forever, there isn’t too much wrong with this film. With that said, there also isn’t anything that makes it stand out from the pack either. Although it’s technically sound, it doesn’t have many traits that prevent it from being forgettable. The story may have been somewhat unique for the time period, but it’s not told in the grandiose fashion that we have become accustomed to in this era of film.
Henry Winkler and Shelley Long hold their ground pretty well here, but the highlight of the film is Michael Keaton who really keeps the film moving. You can’t take your eyes off of him, whether you like his character or not.
This is a great effort by Ron Howard and not a film that most people will hate, as it also gives us solid character development–especially with Winkler’s character. The script is acceptable and the music is a great mark of the times. While the characters in this film are very often stressed out and distraught, Night Shift brings you back to a much simpler decade.
Twizard Rating: 81
I’m not a huge fan of the horror genre. I like the unique ones, but the ones that exist purely for shock and awe are useless to me. The Evil Dead definitely falls into that category. Don’t let its legacy fool you. Full of bad editing and gore for gore’s sake, this movie borderlines pointless for me. There’s never any surprises, and the characters besides Ash are annoying and never learn from their mistakes. I start off interested but never feel satisfied with the unfolding of events and the unfulfilled plot elements.
The movie just drags on and the plot is stretched way too thin. They even attempt to waste time at the end by elongating the deaths of the creatures. Most of the film is either boring or gross. The only time it gets slightly interesting is when Ash is all alone towards the end.
I will say that the art was pretty good, especially at the end, but overall the concept is empty and the movie never gives us a reason to worry about the fate of the characters–other than the fact that the music tells us too. I understand that The Evil Dead is supposed to be a cult classic and all, but I just didn’t get any fulfillment out of it, nor a whole lot of laughs. And it leaves me asking the filmmakers why Ash doesn’t get possessed along all with the others.
Twizard Rating: 48