The film is about five young friends who take a trip to a cabin in a very rural part of Tennessee. While staying in the cabin they stumble across the Book of the Dead, an ancient tome that is bound in human flesh and inked in blood.
The group of friends soon decides to read the book and they unknowingly awake the horrific terror told of in the book.
Soon one by one the friends are transformed into the evil dead, except for Ash (Bruce Campbell) who becomes the hero of this movie and one of horror’s most famous faces.
Ash is the only one left with no real options to survive, the woods are against them and his car won’t start (of course). He then realizes that the only way to defeat the evil dead is to dismember the living corpses in which they possess.
This means he had to kill his sister, girlfriend and two of his friends in order to defeat the evil dead.
The movie was shot with basically no budget, it has very impressive camera work and the gore effects are extremely over-the-top. It also sports a slight sense of humor, but nothing like the humor in the two sequels that followed.
This movie is everything a horror movie should be and I recommend this to everyone. The way I describe this movie is its sort of like “The Blair Witch Project” but with better camera work, story and if you gave the witch the camera rather than the students.
I have to say that I really did enjoy the remake. Is it as good as the original? No. But it is by far one of the better remakes that I have seen in awhile.
The story is similar, but this time is focuses on a brother and sister, whose group of friends is trying to get the sister off of drugs. That part of the story seems a little forced and cheesy at parts but it sets up the encounters with the dead perfectly.
The gore is over the top but the use of practical effects is always welcome.
The movie does leave out one important character and that is Ash. Ash was the main character for the original three Evil Dead movies and he's not part of the story in the remake. It's for the best, I can't see anyone else playing that role and if they did recast it the movie would have went down hill quickly.
The remake does lack humor and is very unforgiving in some parts, but it's not a bad film by any means.
So, which is better?
The original does win. Even though the remake is a decent film, I rather watch an \ Evil Dead movie with the character Ash in it. Yet, both of these films should be checked out.