Written by Scotty
No harm could ever come from reading a book…right? You may think that, but hidden within the pages of all books is a brilliance that can help transform your life if you let it. This might be hard to believe, but books carry more power than people are willing to give them credit for and although reading seems to be a lost art while movies are blowing them away, there are still those who find it more comforting to read and let their imaginations run wild than to see what someone else’s take of it is on the big screen.
On spring break, Ash, Linda, Scott, Shelly and Cheryl are on their way to a cabin in the woods. Thinking this will be the perfect getaway, the group is ready to let down their guard and just have a good time. But there is something strange about the cabin as Cheryl quickly finds out when she is taken over by a force and draws something that she has never seen before. While eating dinner, the cellar door flies open, inviting the group down and while nobody really wants to know what opened the door, Scott will rise to the challenge.
Finding a room hidden in the back of the cellar, Scott and Ash find some strange things. Bringing up a tape recorder and an old book, the group is in for a story that will change their lives forever. Playing the tape, the group finds out that the books name is the Naturom Demonto, also known as the Book of the Dead. The tape explains that the book was written to conjure up demons from their sleep and allows them to infest the surrounding living. While nobody believes this is real, they continue to play the tape, but when the words are spoken from the book, they awaken something deep in the woods.
When the fun is over, everyone heads off to bed, but Cheryl is hearing voices outside of the window. Heading out to investigate, she is attacked by the trees and barely makes it back to the cabin before something worse happens to her. Not wanting to spend an extra minute in the cabin, she convinces Ash to take her back to town, but the bridge is out and there is no way of escaping until morning. While trying to gather her thoughts by the window, something demonic takes over her body and she promises to take everyone in the cabin one by one. Not truly understanding what is happening to their friend, the rest of the group tries to calm her down, but the demon's strength is too much for them to handle and they lock her in the cellar.
Thinking that everything is ok, the evil starts taking over the rest of the group…one by one. When Shelly becomes the next possessed, Scott is forced to take her out the way the tape said to do, by cutting off her limbs. When all is said and done, Scott has to get out of the cabin but comes back telling the same tale that Cheryl gave everyone before she became possessed. The trees know. When Linda wakes up from her nap, she becomes the next possessed and does not show the aggression of the others, but she is holding back. Ash is faced with the decision of a life time, knowing the only way to keep her at bay is to take her limbs as well. With the love that the two have for each other, he may not be able to follow through. As sunrise gets closer and with nobody to help him, Ash has to find a way to survive while the demons run rampant inside and outside of the cabin.
This is just a wonderful little horror flick that houses everything that you could ever dream of. You get to watch Ash grow as a character right in front of your eyes. In the beginning, he is afraid of everything, but you can see what the situation has done to him and during his quest for survival, he is forced to do things that he normally would never do. I love the possessed, they are great and all have their own way to deliver the scares, sometimes all you need is a big smile to frighten someone. It is hard to believe that there will be a TV series coming out with The Evil Dead included. I just cannot wait to see what elements they will bring in from the classic. Stay Scared.