Raimi and Bruce Campbell, the director and star of the original "Evil Dead," produced the new movie by first-time filmmaker Fede Alvarez. The film looks to be a fresh take on the material, and the most exciting thing about it is that there is no CGI in the film, with all the blood and gore as practical effects and Alvarez using magical illusions to accomplish some of the more tricky shots.
The new movie replaces Bruce Campbell's Ash with a female in the lead. In the new "Evil Dead," the girl is a drug addict whose friends take her on a getaway to the cabin in the woods for a detox and to help her get her head on straight. When one of the friends translates the Necronomicon, the demons are released and only the addict knows that they are coming, but no one believes her until it is too late.
Sam Raimi said that Alvarez was the perfect man for the job of remaking the movie and said that the new filmmaker has great vision and is both funny and sincere.
Other movies screening at the 2013 edition of South by Southwest include "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Drinking Buddies," "Downloaded" and "Good Ol Freda."
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.