A remake that's not horrible,
This review is from: Evil Dead [DVD]  (DVD)
I was prepared to hate this movie, since I am a huge fan of the original, but it is really an excellent reimagining of the original movie.
Despite what people have said, including in the interviews in the extras, there is a character who resembles Ash but they are not Ash, if that makes sense, the movie is much more of a straight horror feature than the slapstick b-movie comic horror the original movie, or rather Evil Dead 2 which was itself a remake of the original cabin in the woods horror.
The extras include interviews with the starring actress, other members of the cast, the director and the cast and crew of the original movie too. In the process they explain the reasoning behind the remake, the selection of the director, what has been kept from the original and what hasnt and why, the main horror theme being closer to that in Cabin Fever, ie if you were to be forced to kill your friends could you? Although with a much more supernatural and occult theme than the biohazard one in Cabin Fever.
There are other themes or elements which will be familiar to fans of the original film too, the double barrel shotgun (though no references to "boomsticks", although that was the final Evil Dead film with Bruce Campbell in it Armies of Darkness), chainsaws, body shock horror/possessed limbs, live burials, possessed/demon woods (although this thankfully, maybe, falls short of the horror of the original feature) and the demon voice overs threatening peoples souls (though I dont think the famous line about "suck your soul"). The movie does lack some of the horror or gross out factor of the original in its impact but it is likely to provide a satisfactory feature to fans of the original or general horror viewers. It is more like subsequent features such as Cabin Fever and Cabin In The Woods (in some ways both are homages to the original Evil Dead) than like the original Evil Dead but I thought it was also better than them.
A short summary of the plot involves a group of friends getting away to a cabin the woods, this time to dry out an addicted member of the group rather than a romantic get away as in the original, they encounter a cursed book bound in human flesh, unwittingly unleashing evil forces which involve them in a series of ritual sacrifices culminating in a gory showdown between the greatest evil of all and the last one standing. Thankfully there that staple of survival horror on hand the trusty toolshed with which to furnish just the weapons for the task at hand.