Official Plot Synopsis for 'The Evil Dead' Remake Not Too Surprising
We've been hearing about this project for a little while, and now Bloody Disgusting has the scoop on the official plot synopsis for Uruguayan short-turned-feature director Fede Alvarez's remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult classic The Evil Dead, produced by Raimi himself under his Ghost House Pictures banner. The script for the film comes from Alvarez and frequent collaborator Rodo Sayagues with rewrites by Diablo Cody (of Jennifer's Body, Juno). And as you might have guessed, with yet another '80s horror remake following in the footsteps of Fright Night and more, the plot synopsis sounds all too familiar. Read it below!
Here's the short and sweet plot new synopsis for the Evil Dead remake (via BD):
Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Nope, that's not the synopsis for the original... well, it is... but it's actually also the synopsis for this remake. So the story is pretty much exactly the same from the original film (as far as we can tell) but sans Bruce Campbell's iconic Ash character (which honestly may be a good choice considering that's a pretty big chin to fill for any actor). Originally, the film was believed to actually be Evil Dead IV but it's pretty clear now that Raimi is making good on his quotes that a "young director [was going to] come in and remake Evil Dead."
The only other major difference in this redux that we know of at this point is the reason the meddling kids are at the cabin in the first place. Raimi's film had the group of Michigan State students travel to the cabin in the mountains of Tennessee for a little R&R, but what they got instead was a little Rape & Relentless Torture from some demons. The plot device in Alvarez's film that sends the kids to the cabin in the woods is for the main character to help his kid sister kick her drug habit by going cold turkey through isolation. Kind of weird, I know! Then demons are unleashed via the Book Of The Dead (when one of them just happens to translate and read it aloud, guess they're majoring in Ancient Dead Languages of the Dead) and the sister becomes possessed, unbeknownst to the rest of them at first since she's already erratic due to drug relapses.
One would hope that with Raimi's involvement/endorsement and Bruce Campbell's endorsement/rumored cameo, not to mention a promising up-and-comer like Alvarez at the helm, would give people high hopes for this film. But then again, it is The Evil Dead we're talking about here! Sure, you can't judge a film on mere synopsis alone but this seems to be shaping up to be another reheated rehash than a new, fresh spin on an old classic. However, we'll keep you updated as it progresses anyway. What do you make of this plot?