Why The Evil Dead Remake Is Really A Sequel


WARNING: There will be spoilers…

Even after making a ton of money at the box office, being given praise by Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi and actually being a very solid movie, I still see many horror films railing against The Evil Dead for having the gall to remake such a beloved classic. That is, of course, the same argument used when any horror movie is remade, whether the film is good or not. It seems that we judge the films based not on the quality of the movie itself, but that it was made in the first place.

“How can you step on the toes of such a classic” or “Why remake a movie? Don’t you have any original ideas of your own?” And while, yes, originality has been low in Hollywood these last 10 years or so, we seem to forget that remakes have been a staple of horror/thriller movies since the beginning of film itself. How many times has Dracula been remade? Or Frankenstein, or The Wolfman or The Mummy? Why, even some of the finest horror/thrillers out there are blatant remakes. The Thing, The Fly, Cape Fear, Silence of The Lambs (originally made as Manhunter, which I will argue is a better movie than the much-loved Silence, but that is an article for another day), all beloved horror remakes. The Evil Dead seems to be a sticking point amongst the horror crowd, a dividing film, if you will.

For years now, fans have clamored for an Evil Dead sequel featuring Ash. Fact is, that is probably not going to happen. Lets face it, those movies were made nearly 30 years ago, when Raimi and Campbell were much younger, and frankly, in better physical condition. The sheer amount of physicality that is required by the “Splat-Stick” style horror comedy is most likely out of Campbell’s ability at this point in his life, no matter how much we beg and scream for it. What we got instead was the remake.

Now, with the usual moaning and complaining about a film that had, at the time, yet to be made, the film suffered the standard fan boy wrath long before even a single frame of film was shot, simply on the basis that it is being labeled a remake, even without the character of Ash. What we got was a new cast of characters, a new reason for the events to take place in a modern-day setting, with modern-day effects.

I will contend, and most of you will probably disagree with me on this, that Evil Dead 2013 is NOT a remake, but a sequel to the original trilogy.

Point 1: The Cabin is an exact copy of the original

We all know that the original cabin that was used to film the first movie was demolished years ago before the filming of Evil Dead 2. The makers of the remake could have used their own design, keeping the flavors and the essentials of the original (the shed with the chainsaw, the cellar door etc…), but adding rooms or corridors to aid in the plot and structuring of the film. They chose, however, to keep the same cabin design and actually show us new portions of the grounds on which it stood.


Point 2: It was set in Modern Day

Instead of being set in the 80’s like the originals were, it was set in modern day. As we know, the Necronomicon did not get sent back to the dark ages like Ash had been, so it would still be sitting around somewhere in the cabin or on the cabin grounds where, it is safe to assume, the girl from the beginning of the movie could have found it, unleashed a new wave of demons before being taken and eventually burned and having her head shot off by her father. It is then safe to assume that the witch-woman had bound the book in the plastic and barbed wire, sealing it in the basement of the cabin once again.

Evil Dead Photo 4

Point 3: Mia and David’s Grandfather was Professor Knowby

Assuming that this movie is a sequel and not a remake, It is safe to assume that Professor Knowby was Mia and David’s grandfather. Mia states early on that the cabin belonged to her grandfather, making Linda from Evil Dead 2 either their Mother or Aunt since Linda’s father was Knowby.

Evil Dead Photo 5

Point 4: Ash does appear in the post credit stinger

Made popular by the Marvel Movies in recent years, it is becoming common place for a post credit scene, or “Stinger” to be added onto the end to give those that wait through the credits a little reward for their patience. It was rumored that a scene had been filmed with Ash finding Mia walking down the road in a S-Mart truck, picking her up and delivering one of his famous lines. What we got was a quick shot of Ash’s face turning to the camera and saying “Groovy”, giving the thought that Ash does exist in this Evil Dead cinematic incarnation, thereby linking this “Remake” to the original trilogy.

Bruce Campbell, Ash

This thinking may be considered a stretch by some, but it is one way to look at things with a fresh eye, even though I loved the film and consider it a loving tribute to the legendary trilogy while weaving a great tale on their own, but what do you think? Am I on to something here or simply delusional? Let us know in the comments below


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      1. Levi August 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

        You pretty much nailed it, been saying the same thing ever since I saw the rem…uhm…sequel (everyone selling it as a remake sure was a confusing move).

      2. John Harmon August 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

        An insanely ridiculous stretch. It’s not a sequel. Bruce Campbell just did the stinger for fun, that’s all. And there was absolutely no scene filmed between Mia and Campbell. The scene you’re talking about is one where she’s walking down a road (which you can see in the trailers) and she is picked up by somebody who offers to take her to the hospital, but it’s not Bruce Campbell. And then she turns back into a Deadite and the end. But they decided for something more uplifting I suppose.

      3. debiruman August 1, 2013 at 3:17 am

        Hi I’m new here, first comment. Raimi and Alvarez confirmed it to be a sequel.

        “At a WonderCon panel in March 2013, Campbell and Alvarez stated that their ultimate plan was for Alvarez’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.”

        • DarkwingMantis August 1, 2013 at 3:50 am

          Hey debiruman, thanks for the info. I looked it up and indeed he did say that. Nice to know my theory is confirmed

        • debiruman August 1, 2013 at 4:01 am

          No prob. Watching the movie a second time with that in mind makes it even better.

      4. Tiago August 1, 2013 at 5:09 am

        I really doubt people will be talking about this movie 30 years from now, with half the passion we talk about the original Evil Dead.

        • Nicholas Reardon June 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm

          Thank you. This movie was pointless.

      5. DarkwingMantis August 1, 2013 at 5:32 am

        True that, however I think that we can all agree that the Francis Ford Copalla version of Dracula is a fantastic movie, yet when we talk about Dracula most of us instantly think of the Lugosi version because it is so Iconic. It doesn’t take away from the conversation, but adds color to it

      6. GuestPerson August 1, 2013 at 7:32 am

        If Linda died in Evil Dead (and Part II), then wouldn’t Linda have to be their aunt? It has been stated in this movie, multiple time I might add, that their mom died in a mental hospital. So I think Linda would have to be their aunt, right?

        • The True EVIL DEAD Fan September 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

          Linda has nothing to do with knowby or linda from evil dead 2 The only person related to knowby is Annie, Watch the evil dead 2 movie at the beggining and hear what linda says to ash, So who ever wrote the bullsh** at the top knows nothing about evil dead, Respect.

      7. ezra August 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

        Silence of the Lambs is not the remake of Manhunter. Red Dragon was the remake. Both Red Dragon and Manhunter were based on the novel also called Red Dragon. Silence of of the Lambs is technically the sequel to that book and those films

      8. Marc August 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

        Pretty much nailed it (that and Mia is sat on ash’s car) but manhunter was remade as Red Dragon! Silence was a different book

      9. Chuva August 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        It felt like a sequel to me watching it the first time at the theater. Too many “homages” for them to be JUST homages.

        Plus, if Linda’s parents owned the cabin (which I don’t remember that being the case. Then again, I’m old and forgetful), then would Linda and Annie be related? Cause in 2, it was Annie’s parents cabin.

        Agree with your conclusions tho.

      10. DanofDarkness August 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        There’s a flaw in your theory: Knowby wasn’t Linda’s father, he was father to Annie (played by Sarah Berry), the archaeologist/researcher we meet in ED 2 who arrives by plane. Linda was Ash’s girlfriend. Perhaps you meant Annie? Also, Annie died after Ash’s evil, severed hand stabbed her in the back with the Kandarian dagger. Or maybe she DIDN’T die??? What if………Annie somehow managed to remove the dagger from her back, make it out of the cabin without getting sucked into the vortex, cross the ravine without use of the bridge OR the trail they took to the cabin (even AFTER the hick dude’s realization the trail they arrived on was “gone”), made her way to a healthcare facility, received treatment and made a full physical recovery. :) What’s more is…if Fede/Raimi/Campbell can create a plausible story out of the nonsense I just spewed out, THAT experience would serve as the perfect excuse for Mia and David’s mother being confined to a mental institution. Any thoughts?

      11. DanofDarkness August 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

        Damn, Chuva beat me cuz I took too long writing :)

      12. Sam Hain August 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm


      13. Steph August 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        Nice theory and all but why do you keep misspelling Bruce Campbell’s name?

        • Herner Klenthur August 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm

          Good question Steph I fixed it for him. Thanks for pointing it out

      14. Nope August 14, 2013 at 4:45 am


        #1: Not precisely. The bedroom do not match, and the rafters are all wrong.

        #2: Alvarez did everything he could to be evasive about the time period it’s set in, but those are mid 80’s era trucks you see rolling about. Toss in that drawing of Thriller-era Michael Jackson tacked to the caulkboard of Mia’s bedroom and the movie takes place in the mid-90s.

        Also, the cabin had a HUGE HOLE IN THE WALL AFTER ROTTEN APPLE HEAD WENT THROUGH IT in Evil Dead 2. The movie would have to take place post-Evil Dead and post-Evil Dead only, which was something Alvarez hinted in his pre-release interviews at until he decided Ash was still alive in this universe.

        #3: That would make A N N I E Mia and David’s aunt, an idea that makes no sense if it takes place post Evil Dead and post Evil Dead only.

        #4: Campbell’s said repeatedly in various interviews he wasn’t ‘playing’ Ash in the stinger and did it ‘for fun’. He refused to/couldn’t get out to NZL to shoot Alvarez’ original stinger (where Ash picks up Mia on the road side), so Alvarez shot it as scripted with other actors (it’s currently an unreleased deleted scene). The ending tested so poorly that the re-shot it with the cameo literally last minute while they were editing the audio in LA.

        Campbell and Raimi have gone on record repeatedly stating that Ash and Mia live in parallel universes. The crossover movie – which Campbell has since called “pure fanboy speculation and bullshit” – will probably never happen.

        • Tiago August 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

          very good points. I didn’t rationalize it so well as you did, but it never felt like a sequel to me. I mean, Ash burns the book at the end of the original and it causes the demons to go away, at least for a while. In this remake the book not only doesn’t burn, but it does nothing to the demons. If it is a sequel is the worst sequel ever, cause if you can mistake it for a remake, it proves it’s lazy and lame. Like “The Rage: Carrie 2” movie. So, I believe they did this confusion knowing that the fan boys would go crazy about it and try to make theories about it. But it is a remake.

      15. incog August 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

        How can this be a parallel universe when it has been discussed that Army of Darkness would merge Mia and Ash’s narratives? Could this possibly be a future that was altered due to events taken place in the first film?

      16. Shelly September 8, 2013 at 7:02 am

        I have a question…didn’t Ash’s girlfriend, Linda, die in Evil Dead? How could she be alive and going back to the cabin with him in Evil Dead 2? And after what happened in the first movie, why in the world would they be going back to that cabin? It’s like in Evil Deal 2, what happened in the first movie never occurred. Am I missing something? Okay…so that was several questions…lol

      17. Tommy September 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        Knowby is not linda’s grand farther on evil dead 2, So what the fu** are you going on about!?

        • Tommy September 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

          Farther I mean!

      18. Chas September 14, 2013 at 8:11 am

        Finally saw it tonight..I think this movie is a sequel only to the original Evil Dead film.
        The 3 original Evil Dead movies referred to as a trilogy. This is a mistake.

        Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn was a reboot of the first film up to the point where Ash gets knocked into the tree and lands in the puddle. This is the point were the first movie ended and the continuation actually starts.
        This is the only logical reason Ash was back at the cabin like nothing ever happened.

        Army of Darkness did some slight rebooting of its own to the Evil Dead 2 plot. Mainly a retcon of when Ash arrives in the past from the end of ED2, As well as a 3rd portrayal of Linda (Bridget Fonda, if I remember right.)

        Now here’s the point…
        Ash’s Car and the Chainsaw are shown going back in time with Ash in ED2 & AOD.

        The New Evil Dead Movie prop wise used the same car Ash had in pt. 1 + 2 and the chainsaw from pt.2 (pt.1 had a chainsaw with a switch.)

        If the car is Ash’s. And the chainsaw is still there. And there was no image of Ash in the Necronomicon…

        This implies that the events of ED2 & AOD never happened in this continuity.

        Just as ED2 & AOD removed the original film from continuity.

        Each Timeline contains 2 parts not 4.

        Evil Dead always had rebooting. But you can make sense of it.

      19. Chas September 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

        Too me the new movie was very formulaic and didn’t tread new ground like the originals did; in the sense of being totally different in mood with each film.

        Alternate timelime sequels like this has been done in Highlander. pt.3 ignored pt.2, and the series and pt. 4 established an order of pt.1, series, pt.4 timeline ignoring both pts.2 &3 by including christopher lambert.

        Creating 3 alternate timelimes not related.

        1+series+ pt.4 onward.

        Evil Dead seems to work in a similar fashion.

        Connecting original with reboot has also been done in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, by inserting Leonard Nimoy much like they want to do with Bruce Campbell In a future sequel.

      20. Chas September 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

        In the case of abrams trek it allows both timelines to simultaneously exist without removing anything already established.

      21. Donnie Yandell October 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        The book was burned in the original Evil Dead. Pages wee all that remained in the sequels. As sated before, Linda was no relation to the previous owners. That was Annie from ED2. Sam’s old yellow POS Oldsmobile was shot back into medieval times with Ash, not left behind at the cabin. The reason Raimi called it a sequel was simple; the audience (myself included) wanted the original series to continue. We all knew that a remake would more than likely kill off the old series. The original movie created a sense of isolation and dread. The new one was just pointless gore.

      22. Chris October 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        actually red Dragon is a remake of manHunter not silence of the lambs. also it is easier to see this film as a sequel than a remake considering the story change and otherthings.

      23. tim October 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        You are definetly on to something. But i will also note that the charm Mia was given by her brother bears a close resemblance to the charm worn by Ash’s girlfriend in Evil Dead 2 my guess is that these charms may some how bond the characters. please email me with your thoughts on the concept.

      24. Grants November 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        -Ed2 ending!

        -A Wounded Annie is found ( maybe search party for Bobby Joe And Co. From ed2) with amnesia after a tragic tornado trashed THE cabin And killed her parents,boyfriend,Bobby Joe And friend!
        -Annie Goes back to civilisation , finds new husband, renovates the cabin (after tornado damage) trying to remember ! buying new tools like new chainsaw, Buying a yellow car she remembers for some reason! with every memory bevolking crazy!

      25. Ben the beast December 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

        I hear the points u make on how it could be a sequel but doubt it very much as the cabin would be a blood stained wreck that would be half falling apart, and ash took the chain saw for his new hand….. End of!

      26. burt March 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

        Who gives a fuck, Evil Dead 2013 was shit.

      27. Foster86 March 29, 2014 at 2:45 am

        I thought it was heading in the direction of a prequel when David put the chains on the basement hatch because they were already there in the original evil dead, but then the cabin explodes. That being said evil works in mysterious ways and may want to attract more victims therefore recreating the cabin to its original form. Pretty far stretched, I think it was a remake with a lot of homage to the original for the fans.

      28. Trav April 13, 2014 at 12:20 am

        Yeah homage. Or in America rip-off, but with the original filmmakers consent. There is no way Any Evil Dead films are related besides ED2 and Army of Darkness. Sure there will be a sequels to the remake. If they follow the original formula they will go from Mia being victimized to becoming a full fledged hero, but I doubt it. As anybody who has seen the last few seasons of Burn Notice can attest to, there is no way Bruce Campbell will ever reprise his role of Ash without a time machine or a fountain of youth unless he just sits around BSing. He’s in no condition to battle deadites for an hour and a half. It would be like Eastwood doing another Dirty Harry, running down bad guys in a wheelchair. Then again Stallone did it with Rocky and Rambo… He was desperate for cash and it took a lot of steroids, but he did it.

      29. Emanuel June 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm

        I honestly agree with DarkwingMantis!! This is a sequel! The scene where Mia and David are sitting on top of the car that was owned by Ash in the original movies pretty much gives it away. However, since that is the case, This 2013 Evil Dead is a continuation to the original 1982 The Evil Dead. It wouldn’t make since for Evil Dead (2013) to be a sequel to Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn (1987) since the car was sucked it the time portal along with Ash. If it was then the car wouldn’t be there in the 2013 Evil Dead. Though, it is. But DarkwingMantis does bring up a good point to when Mia is talking about the ownership of the cabin belongs to her grandfather. Therefore I’m confused. That’s what I believe though. Then again it’s all about perspective.

      30. Logan June 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        Not going to go on a huge rant here–but the part in the article where its opined that Campbell reprising his role as Ash in a true sequel because he’s too old and out of shape and that the role would be too physically demanding has me wondering…has the author of this article ever seen Burn Notice? His role as Sam Axe, especially during the ladder half of the series, was pretty damned physically demanding and that stretched on for several seasons. I think that, if Campbell really wanted to, he could whip his ass back into shape for another Dead movie. Just my opinion, anyway.

        • Herner Klenthur June 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

          As owner of this site I think DarkWing has written an awesome article but I agree Bruce Campbell could absolutely still pull off ASH

      31. AJ June 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

        Red Dragon is the actual remake of Manhunter

      32. Gerardo Alvarez June 22, 2014 at 5:19 am

        I didn’t read all the comments here… but you forgot to mention that the first shot of Mia is her sitting on the Oldsmobile “classic” car seen in the original movies.

      33. Dan June 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        The inclusion of the “classic” could have simply been done in tribute. Homage. Raimi has used that car in just about every one of his films. It was used in the Spiderman films, for God’s sake. But, I don’t say this to dispute the author’s claims, or those by any of the commenters here. I’m just offering an alternative explanation. I probably need to see the 2013 film again to re-familiarize myself with some of the content here.