The Horror Remake Bloody Bracket – Round One: Maniac (2012) VS. Evil Dead (2013)



Round One

The final match-up of Round One pits two remakes of 1980s cult horror classics against one another to decide what the final film to advance on to Round Two will be. The first tells the story of psychotic serial killer Frank and forces the audience to view the world through his eyes, while the second takes the classic cabin in the woods story that launched the careers of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell and turns it into a dark and excessively bloody meditation on addiction. What horror remake moves on to yet another showdown in Round Two? Morbidly Amusing debates.

Maniac (2012)



Evil Dead (2013)


Dr. Morbid: Elijah Wood plays creepy like a seasoned pro and the Maniac remake is all the better for it. The first-person point of view used is unique and the gore is brutal and fantastic. Alexandre Aja produced this? What a surprise! I was anticipating the Evil Dead remake to suck, but was pleasantly surprised as it turned out to be thoroughly entertaining. This one was tough, but Alexandre Aja goes three for three. Victor: Maniac

Ross Tweedy: I still don’t feel like Evil Dead should have ever been remade. The remake was quite simply not very good and the film tried to be shocking just for shock’s sake. I knew for sure that Elijah Wood could play creepy, and the Maniac remake turned out to be solid. I dug it for what it was, a creepy ass movie with a creepy ass dude. Victor: Maniac

That Other Raimi Brother: Remaking a classic like The Evil Dead is sure to make any horror fan nervous. Fede Alvarez’s update, while overall a positive experience at the theater for me, felt at times to be taking itself a little too seriously, while the original thrived on its off-kilter sense of humor. Having not seen the original Maniac, I went in to the remake without any expectations and came out admiring it as one of the best horror films in recent memory. The cinematography is mesmerizing and the craft and thought that went in to the film only becomes more apparent as the story unfolds. Elijah Wood is fantastic and Maniac is one of the rare horror films that is as much an artistic achievement as it is creepy and unsettling. Victor: Maniac

Frank scalps Jane Levy’s Mia as Maniac moves past Evil Dead, 3 votes to 0.

Up Next:  ROUND TWO!