Satoshi Kon's Dreaming Machine
For all of the difficulty that Guillermo del Toro has experienced in getting his projects off the ground, his imagination is famously restless and unquenchable. A gifted artist who’s as capable of bringing his visions to life with a pencil as he is with a camera, del Toro is known to first begin creating his film worlds in the pages of his sketchbooks (del Toro once left his “Pan’s Labyrinth” notes in the back seat of a cab, and the loss might have killed the movie if not for the kind efforts of the cab driver to return the book). While most of the notes and illustrations that fill del Toro’s sketchbooks may never be available to the public, many pages have made their way to the web, and many more can be found in various books and on the Criterion Collection DVDs of “Cronos” and “The Devil’s Backbone.” Here, we’ve collected the images that we could find, a modest collection that nevertheless provides a thrilling glimpse into the mind of an extraordinary storyteller.
As a long-time fan of the Evil Dead series, I was skeptical as to whether or not I was going to enjoy the 2013 reboot. I finally sat down to watch it and was surprised. Pleasantly.
To call this movie gory, is an understatement. True to the original, the gore is graphic and relentless. And homages to the original are everywhere. Especially evident in the filming and the re-working of the original plot. One thing I was happy to see changed, was the characters. There can really only be one Ash Williams. And while the characters other then David and Mia don’t really get a lot of depth, it doesn’t affect the movie negatively all that much. The important thing being that they do their jobs as receptors of horrible pain and anguish. Mission Accomplished.
Jane Levy’s performance as “Mia” (pictured above) is the glue that kept the movie together, though. Nods to the original film are nice and all, but references to source material do not a good film make. She plays demonic possession well. And the way she spoke and acted really seemed like she was channeling the same antagonistic, malevolent, other-worldly entity we meet in the original (with a bit of a filthier mouth). The sudden switching of her character’s role within the film was also unexpected and refreshing. The other character’s acting was actually quite dodgy, however.
There are other things I’d like to bring up, but I’m doing my best to avoid any possible spoilers. Underdeveloped characters and unresolved or unexplained plot developments aside, Evil Dead makes for an above average horror flick and a cool addition the the overall “Evil Dead” universe. If Sam Raimi had the budget back in 1981, I imagine he would have made a movie quite like this. Let’s hope this gives new creative energy to the series and it continues to go in a positive direction with the upcoming “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness 2”
I want this enlarged, framed, and mounted above my fireplace.