Five friends go to a cabin in the woods to help druggie Mia (Jane Levy) get herself clean and find a cellar containing an occult tome bound in human flesh and sealed with barbed wire. When one of the curious friends recites a passage from the Naturon Demonto, he awakens a demonic spirit that then takes hold of Mia.
Sensing the evil inside of her, the troubled girl begs her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) to return home. But David, who is trying to make amends for a past misdeed, decides to lock little sis up so she can complete what she started. It’s a decision David later regrets as the spirit sets out to consume the five souls it needs to rise from its netherworld lair…
This new Evil Dead is some seriously scary fun, and way better than it ought to be. The producers of the original horror classic (Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell) certainly found the right person in Fede Alvarez to direct their daring re-conception, as he stays true to the gleeful goriness of the original while giving fans everything they could want from a big budget horror movie: convincing story, characters you can care about, and brilliantly conceived set pieces featuring outrageously bloody scenes involving a carving knife, needles, a nail gun and (in a nod to the original) a chainsaw.
It’s been a long time since I was so genuinely frightened, repelled and fascinated all at the same time, and I so want to shake Alvarez’ hand for giving fans such a ballsy new chapter in the Evil Dead franchise. Pretty amazing when you consider the 35-year-old Uruguayan director has only ever done a couple of short films (his 2009 YouTube hit Panic Attack was what caught the attention of Sam Raimi and co). I, for one, can’t wait to see what Alvarez does next.
Evil Dead is in UK cinemas from 18 April
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