Recently, I saw Evil Dead (2013).
It was very good. Better than the original, even.
My thoughts on it:
1. I’ve been David. I haven’t been there for my family when they needed me. I didn’t not visit my mom when she was dying in the hospital, but I did squander time with family by spending that time surfing the web on my smartphone. That’s my biggest regret in life: That I spent time staring at a screen when I should have been interacting with people face-to-face, or appreciating the beauty of my surroundings.
2. I hope Evil Dead will help to serve as a wake-up call to people. That wake-up call being: Evil is a thing that exists, and it must be fought: fought with thoughts, words, actions, and prayers. (“Please, God. Give me a break.” ~ Mia)
3. May Mia — like Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, and Katniss Everdeen before her — serve as an inspiration to people.
4. Though a demon has been chainsaw-ed in half, evil itself remains. To be fought in whatever form it takes, I believe, until the end of the world.
5. In the darkest of situations, God can still be found. For example: Found in David’s love for his sister, Mia.
“The Devil’s cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do Heaven’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” ~ C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Evil Dead was exactly the kind of movie I wanted it to be:
A well-made horror movie that 1) Takes the concept of “Evil” seriously, and 2) Gives viewers food for thought.