When three buddies from Michigan director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell and producer Robert Tapert made their first movie together, the 1981 cult classic "The Evil Dead," they brazenly billed it as "the ultimate experience in grueling horror."
Now we have a new "Evil Dead" which can be read either as a remake or a sequel that comes disturbingly close to its predecessor. It delivers a blood-drenched horror show that honors the spirit of Raimi's original while mixing up the formula enough to surprise the most die-hard fan.
Five friends gather in a remote Michigan cabin at the behest of Mia (Jane Levy, from "Suburgatory"), a junkie who's vowed to go cold turkey. She's got her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) there for moral support, as is her friend Olivia (Jessica Lucas), a nurse who has seen Mia make a vow of sobriety only to overdose later. Also on this trip is nerdy Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and David's girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore).