Evil Dead (2013 film)

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Evil Dead
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFede Álvarez
Screenplay by
Based onThe Evil Dead
by Sam Raimi
Produced by
CinematographyAaron Morton
Edited byBryan Shaw
Music byRoque Baños
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • March 8, 2013 (2013-03-08) (SXSW)
  • April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$17 million[2]
Box office$97.5 million[2]

Evil Dead is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by Fede Álvarez, in his feature directorial debut, written by Rodo Sayagues and Álvarez and produced by Robert Tapert, Sam Raimi, and Bruce Campbell. The fourth installment in the Evil Dead franchise, it serves as a soft reboot/continuation of the original film series. The film stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore. The film follows a group of five people being possessed and killed by supernatural entities in a remote cabin in the woods.

Talks for a fourth Evil Dead film began in 2004, with original film actor Bruce Campbell the possibility for a next film in the franchise. The project was officially announced in July 2011, with Ghost House Pictures producing it, with Diablo Cody in the process of revising the script and Fede Álvarez chosen as the director. Much of the cast joined from January to February 2012. Filming took place in March 2012 and wrapped in May 2012 in New Zealand outside of Auckland, lasting about a month.[3]

Evil Dead had its world premiere at the South by Southwest film festival on March 8, 2013 and was theatrically released in the United States on April 5, 2013, by Sony Pictures Releasing and TriStar Pictures. The film grossed $97 million worldwide against a production budget of $17 million.


The film opens with a teenage girl running through the woods, who is captured by her pursuers (two hillbillies). Subdued with a sack over her head, she awakens to find herself tied up in the fruit cellar of an old cabin, where an old woman is reciting incantations from a strange book. The girl pleads with her father to let her go. After he refuses, the girl reveals that she has been possessed by a demonic spirit and threatens to kill him. Her distraught father shoots her.

Years later, David Allen and his girlfriend Natalie arrive at the cabin, where they meet his estranged younger sister Mia and his friends Eric, a high school teacher, and Olivia, a nurse. The group plans to stay in the cabin while Mia overcomes her heroin addiction. Mia begins having serious withdrawal symptoms, and complains of an overwhelming scent of decay, which the others do not smell. David discovers that the cabin's cellar is littered with rotting animal corpses, a shotgun, and a book called the Naturom Demonto.

Eric reads an incantation from the book, awakening a malevolent force. Mia begins seeing a bloody girl in the woods, and begs the group to leave. They refuse, believing she is experiencing withdrawal. Mia takes Eric's car and leaves, but sees a naked girl and swerves, crashing into a tree. She runs into the woods, where vines from a demonic tree trap her. After Mia sees a demonic version of herself, a vine enters her body, possessing her.

David finds his murdered dog Grandpa along with a bloodied hammer, and goes to confront Mia in the shower. He sees her scalding herself and tries to drive her to a hospital, but rain floods the road. That night, the possessed Mia shoots David and pukes a large amount of vile substance onto Olivia's face before falling into the basement. Olivia is later possessed by unseen forces. When Eric discovers her in the shower cutting her cheek with a shard of a broken mirror, she stabs him repeatedly with a hypodermic needle before he bludgeons her to death. Mia lures Natalie into the cellar, where she bites her hand, molests and kisses her. David opens the trapdoor, allowing Natalie to escape.

Eric explains that according to the Naturom Demonto, the Taker of Souls must claim five souls to unleash the Abomination. Natalie, convinced that her arm is infected, amputates it. Eric explains that Mia must be "purified" either by live burial, bodily dismemberment, or burning. The now-possessed Natalie attacks the pair with a nail gun but David shoots her other arm off; Natalie returns to normal but bleeds to death in his arms.

David begins to douse the cabin in gasoline in order to burn down the cabin with Mia in it. However, as Mia starts singing a song from their childhood, he decides to bury her instead. He digs a grave and heads into the cellar to try to subdue Mia, who attempts to drown him. Eric intervenes, but is fatally stabbed. David sedates and buries Mia before unearthing and defibrillating her, begging her to return to him. The demon is exorcized and Mia is healed. David enters the cabin to retrieve the car keys, but the now-possessed Eric stabs him in the neck. David locks Mia out to protect her and shoots a gasoline can, destroying Eric's body and killing himself.

As Mia watches the cabin burn, she notices blood raining from the sky. The Taker of Souls rises in the form of how Mia was when possessed, going after Mia to claim her soul to complete itself. Mia attempts to flee in the car, but fails. She instead crawls into the shed and grabs a chainsaw to fight back. When the Abomination throws the car at Mia, it crushes her hand. She tears off her hand and slices the Abomination in half with the chainsaw. Its corpse sinks into the ground and the rain stops. Mia stumbles into the woods. Unknown to her, the Naturom Demonto is still intact.

In a post-credits scene, an older Ash Williams (the protagonist of the original three Evil Dead films) is seen in shadowed profile. He remarks "Groovy" before turning suddenly to face the camera.


Additionally, Bruce Campbell appears uncredited in the post-credits scene as Ashley "Ash" J. Williams. Briefly reprising their roles from the original film through archival recordings, Bob Dorian voices Professor Raymond Knowby, and Ellen Sandweiss voices Cheryl, who warns the main characters that they will die.



Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues co-wrote the script, which was then doctored by Diablo Cody in an effort to Americanize the dialogue since English was not the writers' first language.[4] The film was produced by Raimi, Campbell, and Robert G. Tapert, who are the producers of the original trilogy.[citation needed]

Raimi and Campbell had planned a remake for many years, but, in 2009, Campbell stated the proposed remake was "going nowhere" and had "fizzled" due to extremely negative fan reaction.[5] However, in April 2011, Bruce Campbell stated in an AskMeAnything interview on Reddit.com, "We are remaking Evil Dead. The script is awesome ... The remake's gonna kick some ass — you have my word."[6] The film was officially announced that July.[4]


Actor Shiloh Fernandez was cast in the lead male role of David.[7] Initially Lily Collins was scheduled to play the lead female role of Mia, but dropped out in January 2012,.[8][9] with Jane Levy replacing her the next month.[10] Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, and Jessica Lucas later joined the cast.[11][12]

In November 2018, Álvarez confirmed the film's relationship to the original:

It continues the first one. The coincidences on events between the first film and mine are not coincidences, but more like dark fate created by the evil book. (Ash [sic] car is still there rusting away.)[13]


Álvarez, who also has a background in CGI, also confirmed in an interview that the film does not employ CGI (except for touch-ups): "We didn't do any CGI in the movie ... Everything that you will see is real, which was really demanding. This was a very long shoot, 70 days of shooting at night. There's a reason people use CGI; it's cheaper and faster, I hate that. We researched a lot of magic tricks and illusion tricks."[14]



TriStar Pictures released the film theatrically on April 5, 2013, in the United States,[15] with Sony Pictures handling other markets. Fede Álvarez tweeted on January 28, 2013, that the film first received an NC-17 rating, which prompted cuts in order to obtain the contractually obligated R-rating.[16] The film has been rated uncut as an 18 by the BBFC for containing strong "bloody violence, gory horror and very strong language".[17] StudioCanal handled the release of Evil Dead in the United Kingdom.[17]

Evil Dead premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX on March 8, 2013.[citation needed] The music for Evil Dead, composed by Roque Baños, was released by La-La Land Records in a 40-minute digital form and a 70-minute physical release, on April 9, 2013.[18]

Home media[edit]

Evil Dead was released on DVD and Blu-ray, on July 16, 2013.[19] The Blu-ray exclusives include commentary from three of the cast, and screenwriters Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues, behind the scenes and a featurette, while the regular DVD includes three other featurettes.[20]

Extended cut[edit]

An "extended version" featuring an alternative ending (a deleted mid-credits scene) and various other deleted clips and dialogue, some of which were featured in the original trailer but subsequently removed from the theatrical version, was aired in the UK on Channel 4 on January 25, 2015. No one has confirmed whether this was an intentional debut for the anticipated "extended cut", which fans of the film have asked about since the theatrical release, or whether StudioCanal UK had inadvertently supplied Channel 4 with the wrong copy of the film. Álvarez eventually confirmed on Twitter that the version aired was not the extended cut. Channel 4 subsequently confirmed that the wrong copy of the film was supplied to them and that they had sent it back. They added that they had no other information on the version which aired and since the "extended/incorrect" version had been returned to StudioCanal UK they would not be airing it again. However, the extended version aired two more times, on February 13, 2016 and June 14, 2016.[21]

On October 10, 2018, Sony Pictures announced the release of the Unrated Cut on Blu-ray Disc in a two disc combo pack with the theatrical version. It was released on October 23, 2018.[22]


Box office[edit]

The film grossed $25.8 million in its opening weekend, finishing first at the box office.[23] It went on to gross $54.2 million domestically and $43.3 million internationally, for a worldwide take of $97.5 million, against its $17 million budget, making it a box office success.[2]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 63% based on 201 reviews and an average rating of 6.16/10. The consensus states: "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."[24] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 57 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[25] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.[26]

Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting reviewed the film at SXSW and went on to say, "Evil Dead is amazingly gory and fun" and gave the film 4/5 stars.[27] Chris Tilly of IGN gave Evil Dead 9/10 and called the movie a "terrifying, exhilarating and relentlessly entertaining new chapter in the Evil Dead story".[28] John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a positive review, calling it a "remake that will win the hearts of many of the original's fans."[29] Independent horror review site HorrorTalk gave the film four stars out of five saying it is "the most unrelenting and bloody horror film to come out of a major studio in a very long time".[30] Emma Simmonds of The List commented, "Evil Dead has ample cheap shocks and few bloodcurdling frights but it builds to something gorily bravura and, if that's your bag, you'll come away satisfied. It's a while before anyone picks up a chainsaw, but boy is it worth it when they do."[31] Matt Singer called the film "an assault on the senses" and "a success, one that out-Evil Deads the original movie with even more gore, puke, blood, and dismembered limbs. It may not be wildly inventive, but it is effective, and plenty faithful to the spirit — and tagline — of the first 'Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror.'"[32]

Richard Roeper rated the film one star out of four, criticizing the film's unoriginality, the characters' lack of intelligence, and the film's reliance on gore for what he felt were cheap scares. He concluded his review by saying, "I love horror films that truly shock, scare and provoke. But after 30 years of this stuff, I'm bored to death and sick to death of movies that seem to have one goal: How can we gross out the audience by torturing nearly every major character in the movie?"[33]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 Golden Trailer Awards[34] Best Horror TV Spot TriStar Pictures and mOcean for "Everything's Fine" Nominated
Fright Meter Award Best Makeup Evil Dead Won
Best Special Effects Evil Dead Won
Best Ensemble Cast Cast of Evil Dead Nominated
Best Horror Movie Evil Dead Nominated
Best Director Fede Álvarez Nominated
Best Actress Jane Levy Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lou Taylor Pucci Nominated
Best Score Roque Baños Nominated
Best Editing Bryan Shaw Nominated
Golden Schmoes Award Best Horror Movie of the Year Evil Dead Runner-up
International Film Music Critics Award Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film Roque Baños Won
Film Music Composition of the Year Roque Baños for the composition track "Abominations Rising" Won
Film Score of the Year Roque Baños Nominated
IGN Summer Movie Award Best Horror Movie Evil Dead Nominated
Key Art Award Best Audio/Visual Technique Screen Gems & mOcean for the trailer "Filthy" Nominated
2014 Empire Award Best Horror Evil Dead Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Award Best Makeup/Creature FX Roger Murray
Jane O'Kane
Best Wide-Release Film Fede Álvarez Runner-up
Best Supporting Actor Lou Taylor Pucci Runner-up
Worst Film Evil Dead 3rd place
Saturn Award Best Make-Up Patrick Baxter
Jane O'Kane
Roger Murray


At the SXSW premiere, Álvarez announced that a sequel was in the works.[35][36] In addition, Sam Raimi confirmed plans to write Evil Dead 4 with his brother; it was later specified that this film would be Army of Darkness 2.[37] At a WonderCon panel in March 2013, Campbell and Álvarez stated that their ultimate plan was for Álvarez's Evil Dead 2 and Raimi's Army of Darkness 2 to be followed by a seventh film which would merge the narratives of Ash and Mia.[38] On October 30, 2013, co-writer Sayagues confirmed to DeadHollywood that he and Álvarez would not return for the sequel.[39] That same month, Álvarez took to his Twitter that the rumor was not true.[40][41]

In November 2018, Álvarez announced that "They're just ideas right now. Nothing to announce officially. We do have a script for Don't Breathe 2. That's the only difference. We don't have a script for Evil Dead 2. But we do have a script for Don't Breathe 2 that we wrote." He also said that "When I tweeted that I was interested in seeing what people prefer. We were having some internal debates about what people would be interested in most. Unfortunately, Evil Dead 2 won. Which, I guess I would have preferred Don't Breathe 2 to win because it's one of my own creations. Obviously Evil Dead has the bigger following."[42]

On July 10, 2019, Raimi discussed the future of the Evil Dead franchise, saying that "We'd like to make another Evil Dead feature and in fact we're working on some ideas right now." Raimi said that he would be interested in making another film with Campbell, although, Campbell earlier claimed that he has retired from the role of Ash. He also considered another option would be a sequel to the 2013 reboot, but he is unsure if Álvarez would want to make a sequel at this point because the director is a successful "artist in demand" now.[43] By October, Raimi announced at the New York Comic Con, that a new film is in development. Bruce Campbell will serve as a producer, and will not be the star of the film due to his retirement role as Ash Williams.[44] In June 2020, Campbell revealed that Lee Cronin was handpicked by Raimi to write and direct the film, which will be called Evil Dead Rise.[45]


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