Back on July 12 we exclusively broke the news that Fede Alvarez would be directing The Evil Dead, Mandate ahd Ghost House’s reboot of the 1981 Sam Raimi classic of the same name that spawned two sequels.
It was soon revealed that Alvarez was working from a screenplay developed by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body). No story details were revealed at the time, but that didn’t stop us from digging.
After 3 long months, Bloody D has finally scored the inside scoop on the plot crunch for The Evil Dead, and honestly, it’s pretty damn disappointing.
The reboot is true to the roots of Raimi’s original as it follows a group of friends who hole up in a remote cabin, discover the “Book of the Dead” and accidentally unleash an unrelenting group of Deadites.
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.) The only way I can get behind this is if the film references the original (meaning this is a new group of kids in the exact same cabin) and Bruce Campbell cameo’s as “Ash” (who has now aged quite considerably).