2013 / Director. Fede Alvarez.
My hatred of remakes is no secret but if you've paid any attention to my thoughts about them you would know that there are always exceptions to the rule. Evil Dead is one of them. Not only a remake, it also acts as a sequel. Many fans have rejected this film because they think it diminishes the original trilogy... but I would suggest that it builds on it. There is nothing about this new film that takes anything away from the first three and close attention to detail would reveal that this story takes place 30 years later, with suggestions of Ash's (Bruce Campbell) past encounter. This old car is still there, abandoned in the woods and in the time since he was sucked into a time portal, a family had purchased the cabin and subsequently abandoned it hurriedly. The storyline for this new instalment is more or less a retelling of the first movie, but as prophesied in the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead), the disturbance and release of malevolent demons brings with it a sequence.... therefore it's logical that a repeat of past horrors would transpire. There is a lot to love about this new Evil Dead. It's scary, gory and at times amusing (for the more hardcore fans anyway) and there are plenty of very cool new concepts and creations that haven't been done yet within the franchise. I don't think that Evil Dead fans have much to be disappointed about and I say they should embrace it... after all the original creators (Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell) are the driving forces behind this. They've wanted to make it for over 10 years and they, of all people, know their intellectual property well enough not to shit all over it. Exciting news is that 3 more Evil Dead movies are in the pipeline. A direct sequel to this reboot, then an official sequel to Army of Darkness (ED3) and finally a crossover story which sees Mia (from this new one) team up with Ash (from the original). That's very exciting and I can't wait. ***Spoiler Alert*** (but not really)... stick around after the credits, Ash wants to say Hi !