AUSTIN – “Evil Dead”, the brand spanking new 2013 version, was co-written and directed by Fede Alvarea. This is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, and the first not to be directed by Sam Raimi or star Bruce Campbell as the likable smart-ass Ash Williams. It is a remake of Raimi’s 1981 critically acclaimed cult horror film “The Evil Dead”.
Far less campy then the original, the latest edition to this beloved cult series sheds the comic book-charm of its predecessors and goes for broke in the fright department. As new and jolting to Evil Dead purists as this new version may be, having franchise staples Raimi, Campbell (and Robert G. Tapert) sporting Producer credits will help long time fans jump on board the new, scarier, “Evil Dead” bandwagon.
The film is loyal to the basics of the original, five youths in a cabin, etc., but does take some liberties when necessary to give the film its own identity and flavor. Old school “The Evil Dead” fans should embrace the new high-octain version, and younger not-in-the-know movie fans should add butts in the seats simply based on the stand-alone production style and quality of this bloody 2013 redux.