The level of gore and violence in Sam Raimi’s low-budget 1981 horror film “The Evil Dead” was shocking enough in its day to be slapped with an X rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. That film practically looks like “Sesame Street” when compared to the bloodsoaked remake that made its world premiere in Austin at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in March.
In his debut feature, director Fede Alvarez worked with co-screenwriter Rodo Sayagues to put a new twist on the story that introduces us to five people who are meeting at a cabin in the woods, this time for an intervention. Mia (Jane Levy) is ready to kick her drug habit and dramatically dumps her drugs down a well outside the cabin. She is surrounded by her friends and brother David (played by Shiloh Fernandez, who essentially stands in for Bruce Campbell’s iconic Ash character). When it is revealed that Mia has been through all this before and that her intention may be more to get attention than to stop using, the others band together and decide that they’re not going to let her leave the cabin until after she’s come down from her detox.
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