Cult fans will appreciate ‘Evil Dead’ revamp

By David Stenger

Next time you find a book wrapped in barbed wire, which has warnings written in blood and can’t be burned, here’s a little hint: Don’t read it.

“Evil Dead” hit theaters Friday, bringing back the 1981 film. The first film was about five people staying the night in a cabin in the woods. They find a creepy book, bound in human flesh and inked in blood. The Book of the Dead speaks of demons that seek human’s souls. An old audio recording begins to play, and an archeologist who found the book says an incantation which causes everything to go horribly wrong. One by one, the people in the cabin are killed. The last remaining character is Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell.)

Two films followed the original “Evil Dead” film; these were action-packed and contained great one-liners.

The reboot does the series justice with many similarities to the original film. There are still five people who go out in the woods, and the Book of the Dead is found in the basement. However, there are different characters in this version. Two main characters are David (Shiloh Fernandez) and Mia (Jane Levy), who are brother and sister. The group has gathered in the cabin to break Mia free of her drug addiction. Mia tries to explain the horror that begins to happen after the book’s incantation is read aloud. The group blames her reaction on the drug withdrawal. When Mia becomes possessed by the dead, things start to get really bad.

The big kick about this movie is that there is a lot of blood and gore–a lot. That being said, this could be one of the most gore-filled films ever. It will have some of the viewers grimacing due to the realistic nature of the effects. The original rating was NC-17 for the film, and it only made it down to an R rating because of a few edits. That’s saying a lot about a horror film.

The part that stands out the most is all the effects are practical effects. Computer-generated imagery (CGI) was only used for a touch up here and there. This makes everything realistic looking.

The big question here: Will fans of the original “Evil Dead” enjoy this film? Absolutely. There are a number of references to the original and most of the sequences and shots are the same. The one thing the new “Evil Dead” film lacks is little bits of humor from the original, but this new film does have its moments. A lot of familiar horror themes exist in the film, but viewers will be surprised when some things become different and affect the plot. According to, it has been confirmed the film will get a sequel.

If you are a fan of horror and the Evil Dead series, you owe it to yourself to watch this movie. If you are not a fan, it is in your best interests to steer clear of this film so you don’t have nightmares for the rest of your life.