[UPDATE: Sony has set an official release date for the Evil Dead remake.]

Virtually every one of the previously-released reports concerning the remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-classic horror flick, The Evil Dead, has been focused on how the project differs from its predecessor (with the notable exception of Raimi himself serving as producer of the remake).

Noteworthy changes between the old and new Evil Dead include a drug addiction subplot, no Ash (or Ash-like) character, and an absence of the twisted humor that pervaded Raimi’s original ultra-low-budget film. Co-writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) has likewise emphasized that the remake is not only extremely violent, but also grounded in reality… at least, as grounded as a movie that involve a Necronomicon and rape-happy trees can be.

Moviehole has learned that Evil Dead remake helmer Fede Alvarez is preparing to start shooting the project by March 2012, in the same area of New Zealand that served as the backdrop for Yogi Bear (take that as you will); more than that, the site has unveiled a pretty spoiler-heavy description of the remake’s plot.

However, here is a relatively SPOILER-FREE breakdown of the foundation-laying plot points in the Evil Dead remake:

  • The film revolves in part around Mia, a twenty-something-year-old woman who has developed a terrible drug addiction as a means of numbing the pain she feels, in the aftermath of her mother’s death.
  • David, Mia’s estranged brother, attempts to help his traumatized sibling by taking her along with him, his finacee, and several old friends for a trip to a secluded cabin in the woods. There, they will attempt to rehabilitate Mia off her substance addiction.
  • Eric, one of David’s more “arrogant” and pretentious friends, finds a copy of the Necronomicon (a.k.a. the Book of the Dead) and begins transcribing passages from it. Mia thereafter begins to experience horrifying visions and behaves in an unhinged manner – something her companions write off as just being part of the withdrawal process, despite signs that something far more dangerous is responsible…

For more (gruesome) details concerning the nature of, and truth behind, Mia’s deteriorating condition – along with information about one of the film’s more memorable set pieces – check out the full SPOILER-FILLED article at Moviehole.

The Evil Dead remake reads as being far more akin to a Stephen King story like The Shining or The Tommyknockers (which, like the original Evil Dead, was partially influenced by H.P. Lovecraft’s literature) than Raimi’s 1981 splatterfest starring Bruce Campbell. Likewise, Moviehole compares some of the movie’s gorier sequences as being on a par with those in films like Hellraiser and Cabin Fever.

All things considered, Alvarez and co. have devised a pretty decent setup for what could be a more thematically-rich and metaphorical horror tale. However, the problem is that moviegoers who head out to watch this flick, expecting an inspiredly tongue-in-cheek scarefest like Raimi’s original Evil Dead flick (and its sequels), are going to be rather disappointed, to say the least.

UPDATE: Sony has officially settled on an April 12th, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date for the Evil Dead remake.

What are your feelings about the more serious and “realistic” approach of the Evil Dead remake?

Source: Moviehole, Sony (via Shock Till You Drop)