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Movie review: 'Evil Dead'

Remake features young people who accidentally summon evil in the woods.
by Matthew Price Modified: April 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013

Director Sam Raimi made the original “The Evil Dead,” released in 1981, for a budget of $350,000. It was the beginning of a successful career for him, star Bruce Campbell and producer Rob Tapert.

The film was essentially re-made in 1987 with a heavier emphasis on the comedy with “Evil Dead 2.” A bigger budget sequel, “Army of Darkness,” followed in 1992.

Sam Raimi went on to huge success with the “Spider-Man” series, starring Tobey Maguire. Now, 32 years after the original film, Raimi is producing a remake to that first, shoestring-budget movie.

This year's remake, “Evil Dead,” directed by Fede Alvarez, re-creates the same basic story with some twists. It's got a bigger budget to work with, but lacks the original's charm.

While in the original, Bruce Campbell's Ash and his college friends were on vacation in the woods, in the new version it's for a more intense reason.

Mia (Jane Levy) is trying to kick her drug addiction. She's joined by her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore). Also there to help are a couple of Mia's longtime friends, Olivia (Jessica Lucas), who is a nurse; and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci).

They plan to hole up in a secluded cabin until Mia's through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms, something they anticipate will take a few days. But something far worse lurks.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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