'Evil Dead' (watch the trailer)
It's impossible to talk about the 'Evil Dead' without acknowledging the beloved, campy, 1981 classic. The original was a charming, tension-filled, creative bit of film. The reboot is brutally violent movie packed with 'jump-out-of-your-seat' moments. Comparing the 1981 original with the 2013 reboot is unfair, as the two films share only a core story - the original was a patient horror flick wracked with tension while this reboot is chiefly concerned with creating a credible, violent, undeniable evil.
'Evil Dead' reboot succeeds with great production value, well-developed characters, improved overall story ... but it falters with an abrupt change of protagonists late in the third act, an unclear explanation of what is at stake with the 'Abomination' and unfortunately, in ratcheting up the violence to 11, feeling much like many other modern slasher horror flicks.
In the end, the Sam Raimi 'Evil Dead' has endured because its low-budget effects are charming, its evil was entertaining/original and its tone was self aware of the genre and all the baggage of horror tropes. Although the reboot is a more beautiful, polished looking vision of the 'Evil Dead,' it will not remain timeless simply because it looks and sounds like so many modern slashers in theaters today.
Now available on DVD/Blu-ray.