The Evil Dead franchise is hands down my top favorite, and yes that even includes the 2013 reboot. It is theorized it takes place in the same universe just during a different time line, and I am inclined to agree.
The movie once again features people going to the remote cabin, except this time, it is to help their friend Mia get clean and off her drug habit. Once again, the Deadites are summoned, and everyone must deal in the battle for their very souls. The movie plays off the aspect of Mia having bad withdrawal symptoms so by the time stuff starts going down, everyone finds themselves already in the thick of it.
What I really enjoyed about this movie is it introduces new ideas as well as paying homage to the past movies that came before it. For example, the Necronomicon, the possessed hand, the chainsaw, and evil woods are all referenced here. As deadly as the Deadites were in the previous films, in this movie, their nastiness in turned up to 11. They self mutilate themselves with showing no pain, and are out to inflict lots of pain on their intended victims.
This movie is very gory and is the bloodiest movie of the franchise. In fact the ending scene takes place as it is literally raining blood. And no, Slayer is not playing in the background though that would have been perfect. As a whole, this movie is every gorehounds wet dream with the amount of blood spewing and body parts flying.
As much as I love Evil Dead, when the reboot was first announced, I was skeptical, especially with the difference in the plot and no Ash starring. But then I saw it, and my faith was restored. I have come to love it as much as the other Evil Dead movies, and it was great seeing a different hero featured this time around. A female version of Ash so to speak. Though, if you stick around after the end credits, he does make a small cameo. In fact there was talk of potential sequels, leading to a movie where Mia's and Ash's universes would cross over, but that never came to pass.
For those new or current fans of the Evil Dead universe, I definitely recommend checking out the reboot. It is very bloody and scary as hell, which makes it a great horror movie to watch. If you seen the 2013 version of Evil Dead, feel free to leave your thoughts below!!
Till next time, stay safe and stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-