After topping the US box office at the start of the month, Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake has clearly lived up to its high expectations. In honour of the film opening in cinemas across the UK today, we take a look at the top 10 horror movies to watch in 2013.
Fede Alvarez’s remake of the classic Sam Raimi horror film had its debut out at SXSW, and the intervening weeks held a lot of strong positive buzz and anticipation before its US release earlier in the month.
Early reviews were promising one of the best horror movies of the year, and the $25.7m. it opened with in the States should see it sit firmly amongst the year’s most successful movies in the genre.
By comparison, Paranormal Activity’s highest-grossing weekend (which was, in fact, its fifth weekend, which saw it expanding wide across the country) brought home $21m. The figures are a little difficult to compare, given the different release strategies – Oren Peli’s first instalment took an average of just under $50k in its third weekend, across 160 theatres, for example.
But when comparing it to similar genre fare, such as The Last Exorcism ($20m. opening), Insidious ($13m.), and Sinister ($18m.), it still comes out on top.
The film sees Jane Levy (Suburgatory) take the leading role, this time around written for a female, Mia, where it was once played by Bruce Campbell as Ash.
Even before the film came out, Alvarez had begun talking about a sequel, which will be entirely original. And if all goes well, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine we’ll have at least a trilogy of new Evil Dead films in the years to come.
All the trailers that we’ve been treated to so far for Alvarez’s remake have been beyond promising. And I can’t wait to see it, now that it’s finally arrived in our cinemas.
Note: This trailer is very red-band, and entirely unsuitable for work. Enjoy!