Okay, so this movie is really hard for me to put into words. When I first heard about the possibility of there being another addition to the Evil Dead franchise. I couldn't wait. I wanted to see it ASAP. When I found out that it was going to be a remake I was pretty disturbed. How could someone come in and trample all over what Sam Raimi had done? Then after seeing it and hearing all of the background. I realized that Evil Dead was amazing. It was really good. Not a remake in itself but a more of a re-quel. A remake and a sequel. This movie acts as a reboot for the series but it is also officially Evil Dead 4.
David, Eric, Mia, Olivia, and Natalie all travel to a cabin out in the woods to help Mia kick her habits. While at this mysterious cabin they run into the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis aka. The Book of the Dead. While Mia goes through withdrawals the young adults unknowingly unleash demons. Blood thirsty demons that like to play deadly games. The plot points remain the same as the original but the characters are different. Everything else has been updated including the gore, which is pretty gruesome.
This movie makes great use of duct tape. It's in nearly every scene. These little details are littered throughout the movie. It's chalk full of Easter eggs that pay homage to the classic. The acting isn't horrible and the changes that are made are just fine. The filmmaker knows just what the audience is thinking and leaves you wondering how this actually fits into the Deadite spectrum. Is Ash Williams still out there? Somewhere? In a cave? Maybe.
I can stomach most of the new characters. Except for Jessica Lucas her character was a B. The new main character, Mia, is pretty interesting. She is a drug addict who becomes possessed by the Deadites after she falls victim to the woods. You know what I mean. Eric, the dorky blonde guy that acts as a human pincushion and punching bag. I felt bad for him. A good deal of the movie felt like the Passion of Eric. The other characters play out roles like the ones in the prior films.
I loved this movie. I went into it totally against it. However, early in I thawed. I watched it for the first time at a drive-in. They don't have many of those anymore. Even there, the movie was terrifying. Great update and really intriguing. I highly recommend.
Did ya know...
If you take the first letters of the main characters David, Eric, Mia, Olivia and Natalie, the letters spell out DEMON.
In the scene where the broken necklace is found outside of the cabin, it can be seen resting in the shape of a skull, just like in the original.
Mia is seen sitting on THE 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in the beginning of the movie.