That Evil Dead reboot is EXACTLY like Evil Dead [with drugs]

Contributed by
Dec 15, 2012

Have you been missing those disgusting, terrifying (and sometimes hilarious) Evil Dead Deadites? If so, you'll be glad to know they're one deadly step closer to scaring the living hell out of you in the upcoming remake of the Sam Raimi classic horror film. And we've got some fresh new intel to share with you.

With the American Film Market coming up next week, a lot of information about the Fede Alvarez directed Evil Dead reboot—as well as a movie synopsis—are just hitting the net.

This is the film synopsis fished out by Shock Till You Drop:

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.

Heck yeah, sounds exactly like Sam Raimi's original Evil Dead film, does it not?

But wait! there's a bit more to it.

Bloody Disgusting reports there's a slight (and we mean very slight) twist to the remake. The reason why this particular group of young people would, as a matter of course, go to a remote cabin in the woods?

One of the characters is a drug addict, and her friends want to use said remote cabin (note to self: remote cabins are never a winning choice destination) as some sort of rehab center. Yep. Things are bound to go terribly wrong, don't you think?

Here's what Bloody Disgusting says:

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).

Even though about a month ago Bruce Campbell, who played Ash Williams in all three previous Evil Dead films, said there were no current plans to have the Ash character in the remake, nothing's really been said about ruling him out in a possible cameo appearance in the remake. So we're still hoping it'll happen.

But what do you guys think? Are you excited by that new (albeit minor) spin or twist to the Evil Dead story, or are you disappointed by it?