By Jody Powers, MyFoxOrlando.com contributor
In this remake/reboot/re-imagining/re-whatever-you-want-to-call-it to writer-director Sam Raimi's 1981 cult hit of the same name, we get the familiar set ups: Five twenty-something friends go to a secluded cabin? Check. One of them does something stupid, and chaos ensues? Check.
What IS different about the familiarities is that these friends are there for their friend, Mia (Jane Levy), who has a heroin addiction, and the cabin is the setting for an intervention. Of course, when they stumble upon the mysterious Book of the Dead, one of them reads from the book, and consequently, summons a dormant, evil force. Everyone knows THIS is why you don't read Latin phrases from an evil book.
The movie -- full of nods to the original -- quickly goes from a battle of inner demons to outer demons as, one by one, each youngster is possessed by the demonic forces.
Once director Fede Alvarez stomps on the gas pedal, he never lets off, and the result is an inspired, chaotic, brutal, and beautiful mess.
This is the Evil Dead we know and love, but bulked up on steroids, and it's the rare case in which a remake will please old and new fans alike. One thing is for sure: you're in for a bloody good time.
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore
Director: Fede Alvarez
Rated R (for violence and gore, frightening/intense scenes, some sexual content, drug content, and profanity)
Runtime: 91 minutes