Written by Scotty
When trying to escape your vices that life has put around you, is there a better way to do it without having your friends around? I have watched a couple of those intervention shows and it is always the family and friends that are trying to help their loved one overcome their evils. I am sure that this helps out, especially when the individual sees how they are pulling their family and friends apart. I wonder if this would work with evil possessions? I don’t know if the demons will think the same way about this practice, they would probably just want to eat everyone’s souls that were involved.
David and Natalie arrive late to his family’s cabin and are greeted by Olivia and Eric. With a plan in place to take care of David’s sister Mia, the group has decided a getaway to the woods will be the best way to help Mia follow through on a big promise, this time at least. Mia has had problems with drugs for many years and with the help from her friends, she should be able to finally kick the habit, but only time will tell. Upon entering the cabin, the group sees that the door has been broken open and even though they cannot find anyone squatting there, there is a strange smell coming from the basement.
Cleaning up the cabin, the group finds dead cats in the cellar and will move them out, but Mia is not comfortable in the cabin at all and wants to leave. Not being able to convince her brother David to take her away, she takes the car and tries to drive back into town. But it has been raining non-stop for several hours and the creek has flooded and will not allow anyone to cross until it is ready. Trying to get back to the cabin, Mia is confronted by a young woman in the woods that gives her a taste of what real evil is. Rushing back to the cabin while the trees are coming alive around her, she has to prove that there is something alive and evil in the woods that means them harm.
Dead cats are not the group finds in the basement as one of the support beams has been burned to a crisp. On a table in the back of the cellar the group finds a shotgun and book that is wrapped in wire. Taking their new finds upstairs, Eric opens the book and starts investigating the scribblings inside of it. Finding incantations in the book, Eric colors over the top of them with a pencil and paper and recites the words. Not knowing what these words are, he awakens something evil in the woods that wants to take over the bodies of the living and feast on their souls. Watching as Mia becomes worse, the group thinks that she is just suffering withdrawal, but they quickly find out that she is being possessed by something not of this earth.
Locking her in the cellar, one by one the rest of the group suffers the same fate. When Olivia tries to kill Eric in the bathroom, Eric is strong enough to keep her at bay and destroy her brain, but that is not enough when Natalie becomes the next victim. Eric deciphers what needs to be done to release the demons from the bodies of the living, fire, decapitation and being buried alive. Although David does not truly understand what is happening around him, he will do anything to save his friends and his sister, but when the sun is down, the demons are more powerful than ever and he needs to find a way to get any sort of help before all is lost.
I am not a huge fan of remakes, especially when the original movie was just fine, but this reincarnation of Evil Dead has changed my mind. I was blown away by the imagery that was brought to the screen and I even liked the characters, even though there was no Ash involved. The strength that everyone had to show to survive was outstanding, along with Mia’s kicking of her drug habit. With all of the blood that bubbled up during this movie, you finally get to see what Duct Tape is really good for, especially when traveling in the woods. I really liked how the story came around full circle and if more remakes used this same formula, I would be more apt to watch them. A great movie and I hope that they are able to make a second one and there might just be enough reason to do so to add a little bit of cross over between this and the original Evil Dead movies, especially with the upcoming release of Ash vs. Evil Dead. Stay Scared!