FILMINISM: WHY I WALKED OUT OF “EVIL DEAD”
Filminism is a bi-weekly column dedicated to representations of women in cinema. It runs every other Friday.
[Editor’s note: I haven’t seen the new “Evil Dead,” but I asked Jenni to watch it for this week’s installment of Filminism because troubled responses from the film’s SXSW premiere suggested that it would be a rich source of material for a column about the representation of women in cinema. When Jenni emailed me that she had walked out of the movie and that we would have to think of another topic for this post, I was less than thrilled. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s thinking. However, I’m of the mind that something constructive can be teased from even the most unpleasant experiences, and so I gently demanded that she write about her experience with “Evil Dead” anyway. After reading this post, I’m so glad she walked out and used her time towards a more positive end. Enjoy – D]
My assignment for this installment of Filminism was to write about the new “Evil Dead.”
I was psyched. I didn’t enjoy the original “Evil Dead” that much, but I’m a fan of “Evil Dead 2″ and “Army of Darkness.” Hell, I went to “Evil Dead” off Broadway for my 30th birthday (sadly, my friend and I were just outside of the splatter zone). I have a Polaroid of me with Ash and his groovy chainsaw, dammit. I’ve paid professionals large amounts of money to stick needles in me! I’m tough, okay?!
If I sound defensive, it’s because I left my screening of “Evil Dead” on Tuesday night after about 40 minutes.
“Evil Dead” does not screw around. A possessed girl is set on fire by her own father while a witch and assorted extras from “The Hills Have Eyes” look on, all before the opening credits. Our heroine Mia (Jane Levy) and her brother are with some friends in their family’s cabin in the woods so she can kick heroin once and for all, which means everyone is like, “It’s cool that Mia just tried to boil herself alive in the shower ’cause withdrawing is really hard, man.” Or “I guess she told us we were all going to die tonight because junkies will say or do anything when they’re kicking.” Except, no. She’s raped by a tree — I knew that was coming because it was in the original, but this time the demon that possesses the tree is a girl so it’s a cool twist or something — and projectile vomits such an impressive amount of blood onto her friend’s face that I actually giggled out loud. And then things got dark.
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I’m really glad I wrote about this, because it helped me figure out some things about why I feel the need to prove myself.