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This wasn't suppose to be long, just a wrap up where I also bring up the future planned installments.
There is a known distinction between The Evil Dead and its
remake...the original is known as "The Evil Dead" while the remake is
known simply as "Evil Dead"...so what's the point? Well, apparently
this is happening alongside the original Evil Dead movies, and not just a
remake, which makes it waaaaaaaaaay worse.
The apparent "plan" in action here (and whether or
not Sam Raimi will actually do this is up for debate) is that this remake will
get its own sequel, and then Ash
Williams will return for an Evil Dead 4, and then Ash and Mia will team up for
a 7th movie.
But wait! Doesn't that excuse the remake for taking such a
radical departure from the source material? These technically aren't the
original 5 in the original situation, so even though the first 80% of shit
going down went play for play like the original, it's actually suppose to be
different! It's all kosher now, right?
No. Because now instead of half the action from the remake
taken from the original being a loving homage or a reference, they all become
blatant rip-offs. Nobody likes a sequel that offers nothing new and is constantly
rehashing stuff from the previous installments. Take away everything that
wasn't original and suddenly there isn't enough in this movie to make it good.
Suddenly it's relying on an overabundance or gore and stupid character
decisions to carry it, just like every other bad horror movie. It needs
everything from the original to make it stand out as the best horror movie in
years. As a remake, this would be excusable. But as another installment?
Lemme put it this way. Everyone loves the chainsaw hand
thing Ash did in Evil Dead 2. And while it make an appearance in Army of
Darkness, it was discarded for the mechanical hand. AoD didn't rehash the
chainsaw hand. Instead it found something else.
I dunno...maybe I'm just one of those people who thinks it
isn't a proper Evil Dead movie unless Ash Williams is front and center. But
either way, this movie ultimately failed to leave a lasting impression on me.
Anything truly good done was a rehash of a prior Evil Dead movie (and mostly
done better in the originals). This movie was good, but if I find myself
wanting to see a good horror movie late one night, I'm gonna reach for Evil
Dead...the 1982 classic. The remake will still be on my shelf, but it will have
to forever live in the overbearing shadows of its 3 superior siblings...