Dead On

By Brian Taylor

When I hear the term “remake,” a guttural sigh uncontrollably leaks out of my body. So many of them loose the essence of the original. And then there are those great exceptions like “Evil Dead,” directed by Fede Alvarez.

Courtesy of TriStar Pictures
Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

The story is about five friends (portrayed by actors Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore) who take a therapeutic trip out to a family cabin, deep in the woods. Curiosity leads them awry when they discover an ancient book that unleashes an evil can of whoop-ass on them.

The series of movies following “The Evil Dead (1981),” mixed a delicate cocktail of gore, suspense, and near-parody comedy. They included “Evil Dead II (1987),” “Army of Darkness (1992),”  This latest installment aptly stays the course, even without “Ash,” the original, unlikely hero, played by Bruce Campbell. Campbell co-produced the remake as well as the previous three movies.

Weak stomachs need not apply.

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