While the Evil Dead remake has technically been in the works for over six years, it was only in July that the film got a director – Fede Alvarez – a screenwriter – Diablo Cody (Juno) – and a very tentative release date of October 2012.
Now, we have an official plot synopsis as well as some very revealing details about the impetus of the plot.
The official synopsis – courtesy of Shock Till You Drop – comes ahead of next week’s American Film Market event. Check it out below:
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.
Despite the fact that the above is a synopsis for the remake, this could just as easily describe the original The Evil Dead. In that classic 1983 film, Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his buddies also went to a remote cabin in the woods, discovered a Book of the Dead (the “Necronomicon,” as it's known), and accidentally summoned demons which then proceeded to possess and/or kill every last young person until only Ash was left alive.
What the synopsis doesn’t reveal is why these young people have decided to go to a creepy, secluded cabin in the woods. According to Bloody-Disgusting, the main character’s younger sister has a terrible drug habit, so said main character and his/her buddies take the sister to the cabin to help her kick said habit. Unfortunately, her initial unusual behavior is chalked up to withdrawal when, in reality, she’s just possessed by a demon. Cue awful, awful things of awfulness.
Honestly, nothing here sounds too unbearable. Of course, one can’t help but wonder – why call this a remake at all? Why not call it Evil Dead Again or something similar? Perhaps it could just be a new Evil Dead adventure with a new group of tormented kids in the same continuity as the original series.
Let's hope the filmmakers of the Evil Dead remake take a good, hard look at the recent The Thing prequel/remake, or else they’re going to fail just as miserably. If today’s kids don’t know what Evil Dead is – like they didn’t with The Thing – and the original’s fans don’t want to watch it because of fear of disappointment – e.g. The Thing – then who’ll be left to watch it?
What's your take on this film? Are you looking forward to an Evil Dead remake, or would you much prefer to see Evil Dead 4 instead?
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Evil Dead may (or may not) hit theaters October 2012.
Sources: Shock Till You Drop, Bloody-Disgusting