Best bets: ‘Evil Dead’ reigns blood, ‘Game of Thrones’ has come


The “Evil Dead” series stands as one of the most beloved horror brands ever made. As has become inevitable, a remake of the first film is upon us.

Unlike other remakes that are barely even a half-thought of their source material, “Evil Dead” conducts itself accordingly.

“Evil Dead” follows a similar premise to its predecessors. Five 20-somethings travel to a remote cabin in the woods, where they find an ancient book that unleashes demons onto the world. Bland sounding I know, but “Evil Dead” handles itself with rarely seen confidence.

Director Fede Alvarez, known for his short films, infuses his version with gallons of blood and enough fan service to forgive the movie of its faults.

Easily one of the most graphic films I’ve ever seen, “Evil Dead” achieves its visceral results with convincing practical effects.

Sam Raimi, director of the originals, and Bruce Campbell, whose iron chin graced them gloriously, served as producers for this remake. In addition, long-time series producer Robert Tapert returns.

“Evil Dead” comes with my highest recommendation. While it does not replicate the demented whimsy of the original, it latches onto the franchise’s mythos, granting itself a unique identity with a genetic makeup comprised lovingly from elements of its predecessors.

“Evil Dead” is now in theaters. It is rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.


‘Game of Thrones’ returns

The end of March brought us the season premiere of HBO’s seminal fantasy-drama series, “Game of Thrones.” It will run every Sunday at 9 p.m. through June 9.

The adult-oriented show weaves an elaborate tapestry of political intrigue, medieval warfare and foreboding prophecy.

Taking place dominantly on the continent Westeros and to a lesser extent, Essos, the show chronicles the war for the Iron Throne and dominion of the North.

The war is fought between powerful noble Houses, the most prominent being Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen.

Adapted from author George R.R. Martin’s epic book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” Game of Thrones is named for the first novel, “A Game of Thrones.

The first season was an adaptation. The next season loosely followed the second book, “A Clash of Kings.”

The third season has the monumental task of bringing to life the third and longest entry in the series, “A Storm of Swords.”

Season three is dedicated to the novel’s first half, while the already announced fourth season will cover the remaining half.

Narratively speaking, “A Storm of Swords” is the series’ most rewarding read, a complex paper brick that gives Tolkien a run for his money.

Season three of Game of Thrones is poised to be the best installment yet in HBO’s staggering vision of Martin’s opus.

Seasons one and two are now available on home media. The current five books of “A Song of Ice and Fire” are available at your local bookseller.

The two remaining novels, “The Winds of Winter” and the tentatively titled “A Dream of Spring” are yet to be released.

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