Another day, another inevitable horror movie remake.
This is the thought that went through my mind when I saw the trailer for "Evil Dead," the recent bloody and over-the-top re-imagining of the 1981 horror cult classic. How surprised was I that the 2013 version of "Evil Dead" gives the story of an unleashed demon in the woods a fresh twist, with, of course higher modern production values?
There is no Ash hero in this "Evil Dead," played hilariously in the original by B-movie stalwart Bruce Campbell. Rather, our heroine this time is Mia (Jane Levy), a young girl brought to a cabin in the woods to kick her drug habit, aided by her brother and three friends. When they inevitably find the "Book of the Dead," a demon possesses the gang with bloody consequences.
Made by the same producers as the original, "Evil Dead" recreates many key scenes from the 1981 version, while increasing the blood and ensuing carnage. Look for Bruce Campbell in a quick cameo at the closing film's credits.
The special features could've been better, longer, and more involving:
"Making Life Difficult" - This behind-the-scenes shows how difficult the creation of the film was.
"Directing the Dead" - Director Fede Alvarez is interviewed and discusses how the film came to fruition.
"Being Mia" - Actress Jane Levy brings the audience on a day-long journey as she transforms into her character of Mia.
"Unleashing the Evil Force" - The new "Book of the Dead" is examined.
"Evil Dead: the Reboot" - The producers and Bruce Campbell talk about their feelings on making a new "Evil Dead" film.