The Evil Dead Remake Has Same Plot, But with Drugs?
Posted 10.31.11 by BrentJS
Horror fans have been less than thrilled that a remake of the Sam Raimi horror classic, The Evil Dead, is in the works with director Federico "Fede" Alvarez at the helm, rather than the sequel to Army of Darkness (Evil Dead 3) that Raimi and his brother, Ivan Raimi, were working on as recently as two years ago. The online outcry against the remake in the fan community has been loud and lasting enough that "Ash" himself, Bruce Campbell, went on Reddit to announce his involvement in the project as a producer — with Raimi and original Evil Dead producer Robert Tapert — and to give his "word" that "the remake's gonna kick ass."
Campbell also used his fan-favorite status to endorse the hiring of screenwriter Diablo Cody to rewrite the script written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, which helped to asuage the fears of some fans, as did the news that Campbell would make a cameo appearance in the movie. Now, the synopsis has been released online and it seems as if the plot of the remake will remain true to that of the original, but with a possible "new spin" involving drugs.
Here's the synopsis of The Evil Dead remake posted on the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) website in advance of the opening of the IFTA-produced American Film Market trade show, which begins this week.
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.
If you've seen the original movie, then you'll recognize that the synopsis could just as easily apply to it as to the remake. However, according to BloodyDisgusting (BD), the "new spin" put on the story revolves around the reason why the friends make the trip to the cabin and how they end up using the Book of the Dead to release evil spirits into our world.
The "new spin" is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family's cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she's actually possessed.
The worst part, though, is that one of the friends unleashes the demons by deciphering the Book of the Dead and reading the passages aloud. (Yeah, because just some kid would know how to read ancient text. Sigh.)
Based on the comments left on the BD article, horror fans are not too pleased with these little "improvements" to Raimi's original. Sound off in the comments section below and let us know what you think about the remake and these (possible) changes.