“Evil Dead” is still months away from hitting theaters, but Sony has decided to offer up an official synopsis of the movie to prove that it is different than the Sam Raimi-directed 1981 cult classic that came before it.
Based on what we already know about the movie, we understand that former main character Ash is replaced by Mia (Jane Levy), a teen taken to the family cabin by her older brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) to help her stay sober after a recent drug overdose. She ends up being the last woman alive after the demons are set loose by the Book of the Dead.
Here’s the new “Evil Dead” synopsis that Sony has released (via Collider):
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they 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.
That sounds bland on the surface, but so far everything we’ve about the “Evil Dead” remake has made us desperate to see it. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, both of whom are acting as producers on the movie, recently came out and vocalized their support of the project.
“I always thought that ‘Evil Dead’ was a little campfire story that you tell at a camp to kids to scare them at night. But, I don’t think anybody thought it was a beautifully produced, theatrical experience,” Raimi said. “I always thought it could be done in a big screen movie type way that was really high quality with photographic effects. … I thought it would be fun and, in fact, it has turned out to be a tremendous amount of fun because it’s like an old melody that you write and you’ve brought in this really great, cool, young, hip jazz musician, and he’s riffing on it and showing you places it could go that you never dreamed. It’s very exciting for me.”
In a separate interview, Campbell called the remake “fabulous” and said, “We’re really excited and really behind it, [but] it’s going to take a bit to get the ‘Evil Dead’ fans behind it. We know we’ve pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn’t screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] ‘Evil Dead’ without being the same movie.”
“Evil Dead” is due in theaters on April 12.