Taglines: Fear what you will become.
Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads to danger and horror.
Sam Raimi wrote, directed and, along with Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, produced the original horror classic “The Evil Dead” that tells the story of five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization.
Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. “The Evil Dead” spawned a franchise with the equally successful installments “Evil Dead II” and “Army of Darkness.”
Evil Dead is an American horror film co-written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a loose continuation of the series; the first neither to be directed by Sam Raimi, have Bruce Campbell as the main star, nor be composed by the original trilogy’s composer, Joseph LoDuca. Instead it was composed by Spanish composer Roque Baños.
About the Story
After being captured in the woods, an injured girl (Phoenix Connolly) is restrained in a basement with many people present. Upon revealing she is demonically possessed, her father (Jim McLarty) immolates and kills her.
Some time later, Mia (Jane Levy), her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), and their friends Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas), arrive at an old, remote cabin in the woods where they plan to help Mia recover from her heroin addiction. David wants to reconcile with his friends and sister, as he left when his mother was committed to an asylum, forcing Mia to care for her. A stench leads them to the cellar, where they discover rotting animal corpses, a double-barreled shotgun and a book titled Naturon Demonto.[a] Ignoring warnings scrawled on the book’s pages, Eric reads a passage aloud, summoning a demon.
Believing that something is after her, Mia pleads to leave, but the group refuses, believing that she is suffering from withdrawal. Furious, she hijacks the group’s station wagon and leaves. A demonic version of Mia appears, causing her to crash the car. Returning to the cabin, she encounters demonically possessed trees, which hold her captive while she is possessed. Afterwards, David and Olivia find Mia and take her back to the cabin; visibly traumatized, Mia tells David that whatever attacked her in the woods is in the cabin with them, but he is unconvinced. When Mia kills David’s dog, David walks in on her scalding herself in the shower, which Eric recognizes as a prophesy from the book. David tries to drive her to a hospital, but flood waters block the road.
After returning to the cabin, the now fully possessed Mia shoots David and tells the group that they will die, before passing out.[b] When Olivia tries to retrieve the gun, Mia overpowers her and vomits on her face. The group locks Mia in the cellar to contain her. Olivia retreats to the bathroom to clean herself, and the demon possesses her. Eric happens upon Olivia cutting her cheek off with broken glass, who turns on him. In the struggle, Eric bludgeons her to death with a broken porcelain toilet. While David tends to Eric’s wounds, a crying Mia lures Natalie into the cellar, biting her hand and vomiting blood in her mouth before fleeing. Eric learns that the book prophesies that a demon called the Taker of Souls must consume five souls in order to unleash a being called the Abomination.
Meanwhile, Natalie attempts to avoid consumption from the bite wound infection by severing her arm. David and Eric tend to Natalie’s wounds, then discuss their next move. Eric explains that Mia must be “purified” by burning, live burial, or dismemberment, which will end her possession and the demon’s assault. As they debate, a possessed Natalie attacks them with a nail gun. David shoots Natalie’s other arm off with the shotgun, and the demon leaves her body as she bleeds out.
David leaves an injured Eric while he plans to bury Mia alive. In the ensuing struggle, David is saved when Eric knocks Mia out, but not before she manages to stab him with a box cutter. As Eric dies from his wounds, he forgives David. David tranquilizes Mia and puts her in a shallow grave near the cabin. After she dies, he digs her up and uses an improvised defibrillator to revive her; the demon has been exorcised, and she is human again. Returning to the cabin to get the keys to his Jeep, David is mortally wounded by a now-possessed Eric. David locks Mia out of the cabin, engaging Eric by himself. David ignites a nearby gasoline can, engulfing the cabin in flames and killing them both.
With their deaths, the prophecy is fulfilled. Blood rains from the sky as the Abomination rises from Hell and chases Mia. After a protracted fight that results in the loss of her hand, Mia manages to kill the Abomination with a chain saw, and it sinks back into the ground. The blood rain stops and Mia walks into the forest. The Naturon Demonto lies on the ground nearby and slams shut on its own.
Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore
Screenplay by: Fede Alvarez, Diablo Cody, Sam Raimi
Production Design by: Robert Gillies
Cinematography by: Aaron Morton
Film Editing by: Bryan Shaw
Costume Design by: Sarah Voon
Music by: Roque Baños
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.
Studio: Ghost House Pictures
Release Date: April 5, 2013