Evil Dead was and kinda still is an anomaly when it comes to remakes/reboots. It adheres to the basic plot of the original but the characters and actual plot are quite different. I like to think that this takes place in the same world as the others, its just a different book and a different location. I was pretty excited for the movie when it was first coming out. I even made sure to see it in theaters, which I hadn’t done since the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I was and still am a fan of this movie.
Evil Dead was directed by Fede Álvarez. It was written by Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues. It was based on The Evil Dead by Sam Raimi. It stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore. One of the reasons I was so interested in the movie was because of Jane Levy. I had become a fan of hers because of Suburgatory. She really got to stretch all of her muscles in her role as Mia. I do want to mention her chemistry with Shiloh Fernandez. You feel like they really care for each other, even if their relationship is strained.
Evil Dead opens with an unknown girl being kidnapped and you quickly learn that she’s possessed. She is set on fire and shot. After this we’re shown sometime later. A group of friends are there to help Mia get clean, this time with her brother and his girlfriend. Mia complains about a terrible stench and no one believes her until the dog there tries to get into the basement. In the basement they find a book wrapped in a garbage bag and barbed wire, among other things. One of the friends decides to read a passage from the book. After this Mia is possessed and everything turns to shit. All of the friends die and become possessed but David decides to try to save Mia. He does so by burying her alive and reviving her. He does end up dying and leaving Mia alone. Mia has to fight an entity known as The Abomination, which she is able to defeat thought she does lose her left hand. As the movie ends, Mia is left to an unknown fate. Ash does appear at the end of the credits but only says, “Groovy” and quickly turns toward the screen.
The effects in Evil Dead look great. I know that there are practical effects combined with CG, which honestly helps them look even more visceral and gnarly. The set design is outstanding and helps make the cabin look icky. Roque Baños did the music for the movie. His score is outstanding and you feel not only fear but also sadness through it.
Evil Dead is a great movie. I do think that it’s a shame that there haven’t been anymore movies with Mia. She is such a strong character that she deserves more. I know that there were plans but those have long since stalled. I give Evil Dead 8.5 evil books out of 10.