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Evil Dead 2013: A Re-imagining of the Classic Horror Film

Evil Dead is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by Fede Álvarez, who co-wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues. It is based on the 1981 film The Evil Dead by Sam Raimi, who also served as a producer for the remake. The film stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore as five friends who go to a remote cabin in the woods, where they find a mysterious book that unleashes demonic forces upon them.

The film was released on April 5, 2013 by Sony Pictures Releasing. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its gore, scares, and homage to the original film. It also performed well at the box office, grossing $97.5 million worldwide against a budget of $17 million. A sequel, titled Evil Dead Rise, was announced in 2020 and is set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on April 21, 2023.

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The film begins with a girl named Mia (Levy) being taken to a cabin in the woods by her brother David (Fernandez) and their friends Eric (Pucci), Olivia (Lucas), and Natalie (Blackmore). Mia is a heroin addict who wants to quit, and her friends are there to support her through the withdrawal process. They discover that the cabin has been vandalized by someone who left animal corpses, a shotgun, and a book called the Naturom Demonto in the basement.

Eric, who is a teacher, becomes curious about the book and reads an incantation from it, despite the warnings written on its pages. This awakens an evil force that possesses Mia through the vines in the woods. Mia starts acting strangely and sees a demonic version of herself. She tries to escape in Eric's car but crashes into a pond. She is then attacked by the vines and dragged into the woods.

David finds Mia in the woods and brings her back to the cabin. He also finds their dog Grandpa dead with a hammer. Mia tells him that they are all going to die and tries to shoot him with the shotgun. David locks her in the basement and tries to call for help, but the phone lines are dead. He also notices that the road they came from has been flooded.

Meanwhile, Eric reads more from the book and learns that they have unleashed a demon called the Taker of Souls, who can possess anyone who is weak or injured. The only way to stop it is to kill all of its hosts by burning them alive, burying them alive, or dismembering them.

The demon then starts possessing the others one by one. Natalie cuts off her own arm with an electric knife after being bitten by Mia. Olivia tries to kill Eric with a syringe but he stabs her in the face with a broken piece of glass. Eric tells David that they have to kill Mia before she kills them all.

David goes to the basement and tries to burn Mia with gasoline, but he hesitates when she appears normal and begs him not to do it. He then decides to use a defibrillator to revive her instead. He digs up her grave and shocks her back to life. Mia seems cured of her possession and hugs David.

However, Eric dies from his wounds and his blood drips on the book, completing the ritual for summoning the Abomination, which is the most powerful form of the demon. The Abomination rises from the ground and attacks David and Mia. David sacrifices himself by blowing up the cabin with gasoline and trapping the Abomination inside.

Mia escapes with her brother's necklace and runs into the woods. She is confronted by the Abomination, which takes her brother's form and taunts her. Mia fights back and cuts off its arm with a chainsaw. She then pins it under a jeep and slices its head in half with the chainsaw.

Mia walks away from the scene as dawn breaks. The book closes by itself and a voice says \"Join us\".


  • Jane Levy as Mia Allen

  • Shiloh Fernandez as David Allen

  • Lou Taylor Pucci as Eric

  • Jessica Lucas as Olivia

  • Elizabeth Blackmore as Natalie

  • Phoenix Connolly as Teenager

  • Jim McLarty as Harold

  • Sian Davis as Old Woman

  • Stephen Butterworth as Toothless Redneck

  • Karl Willetts as Long Haired Redneck

  • Randal Wilson as Abomination Mia

  • Rupert Degas as Demon (voice)

  • Bob Dorian as Professor Knowby from the original The Evil Dead (voice)

  • Ellen Sandweiss as Cheryl from the original The Evil Dead (voice)

  • Inca as Grandpa the Dog

  • Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams (uncredited cameo)


The idea for a remake of The Evil Dead was first discussed in 2004 by Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert, who were the director, star, and producer of the original film respectively. They wanted to introduce the franchise to a new generation of fans and also explore a more serious and darker tone than the sequels, which were more comedic and campy. They also wanted to find a new director who could bring a fresh vision to the story.

In 2011, they announced that Fede Álvarez, a Uruguayan filmmaker who had impressed them with his short film Panic Attack!, would direct the remake. Álvarez co-wrote the script with his partner Rodo Sayagues, with some revisions by Diablo Cody. The script focused on the character of Mia, who was inspired by Raimi's sister Andrea, who had struggled with drug addiction. Álvarez also decided to omit the character of Ash, who was played by Campbell in the original films, and instead have a group of protagonists who were more realistic and relatable.

The casting process began in January 2012, with Jane Levy being the first to join the film as Mia. Levy had previously worked with Cody on the TV series Suburgatory and was recommended by her for the role. Levy described Mia as \"a badass\" and \"a survivor\". Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore were later cast as David, Eric, Olivia, and Natalie respectively.

The film was shot in March 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. The production used practical effects for the gore and makeup, avoiding CGI as much as possible. Álvarez wanted to pay tribute to Raimi's style of filmmaking and also create a more realistic and visceral experience for the audience. The film used over 70,000 liters of fake blood and featured several scenes of extreme violence and mutilation.


Evil Dead had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 8, 2013. It received a positive response from the audience and critics, who praised its intensity, scares, and respect for the original film. The film was then released in theaters on April 5, 2013 by Sony Pictures Releasing under its TriStar Pictures label. It opened at number one at the box office with $25.8 million, surpassing its budget. It went on to gross $54.2 million in North America and $43.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $97.5 million.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who gave it an average rating of 6.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes based on 205 reviews. The site's consensus reads: \"It may lack the absurd humor that underlined the original, but the new-look Evil Dead compensates with brutal terror, gory scares, and gleefully bloody violence.\" On Metacritic, the film has a score of 57 out of 100 based on 38 reviews, indicating \"mixed or average reviews\".

The film was also well received by fans of the franchise, including Raimi and Campbell themselves, who praised Álvarez's direction and Levy's performance. Campbell also made a cameo appearance at the end of the film's credits, reprising his role as Ash and saying his iconic line \"Groovy\".


In 2013, Álvarez announced that he was working on a sequel to Evil Dead with Sayagues. He also revealed that Raimi was developing a sequel to Army of Darkness (1992), which was the third film in the original series. There were plans to eventually merge both series in a crossover film that would feature both Mia and Ash.

Raimi then decided to focus on a TV series adaptation of the franchise, titled Ash vs Evil Dead, which premiered on Starz in 2015 and ran for three seasons until 2018. The series starred Campbell as Ash, who returned to fight the Deadites with the help of new allies. The series also featured cameos from Levy as Mia and Ted Raimi as Henrietta, who were both possessed by the demon in the original and remake films respectively.

In 2020, it was announced that a new sequel film, titled Evil Dead Rise, was in development with Lee Cronin as the director and Raimi, Campbell, and Tapert as the producers. The film will feature a new cast of characters and a new setting, moving away from the cabin in the woods to an urban high-rise apartment building. The film will also introduce a new female protagonist, who will face the evil forces unleashed by the book. The film is set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on April 21, 2023.


Evil Dead 2013 is widely regarded as one of the best horror remakes of all time, as well as one of the most successful films in the franchise. It has been praised for its faithful homage to the original film, its intense and graphic violence, its strong performances, and its creative direction. It has also been recognized for its contribution to the genre of horror, especially in terms of female representation and empowerment.

The film has received several awards and nominations, including:

  • Best Horror Film at the Saturn Awards

  • Best Horror Film at the Empire Awards

  • Best Horror Film at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

  • Best Horror Film at the IGN Summer Movie Awards

  • Best Horror Film at the Scream Awards

  • Best Actress for Jane Levy at the Fright Meter Awards



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