The newest addition to a cult classic franchise released tonight, and the old man and I were there to take it all in. Evil Dead revisits the 1981 feature length directorial debut of Sam Raimi. It is the story of five young adults out in a cabin in the middle of nowhere so that one of them can turn over a new leaf, and detox herself from her drug addiction. As often happens in movies where the word “Dead” is in the title, things don’t go well. After finding a bunch of dead cats and a book bound in flesh, inked in blood, an unspeakable evil begins to possess the quintet one by one, forcing them to do horrible things to themselves, and each other.
This time around, backed in a producing role by the creative team of the original films, another up and coming director who’s gained some notoriety from his short films, Fede Alvarez, takes the helm. His movie is original, gory, and fun, enough to stand on its own merit, but it’s also a love letter to the original trilogy, showing the influence of–and paying homage to–the originals throughout.
Would you like to know more? Continue reading… spoilers are minimal, but the images are more graphic than I normally post here.