While everyone was mourning the passing of Ash vs Evil Dead following Sunday’s series finale, I suggested a potential blood-soaked silver lining to the demise/retirement of Ashley J. Williams (made iconic by Bruce Campbell): Now would be a perfect time, said I, to continue the story of Mia (played by Jane Levy) in Fede Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead reboot.
Tommy Ross is a talented video editor who’s gained an enviable following for creating high-quality concept trailers for horror movies that don’t exist (although we sure wish they did!). We recently featured his ideas of what Beetlejuice 2 might look like; we also brought you his faux trailer for the unmade Jaws: Resurface.
His vision of Evil Dead 2 is everything I had in mind when I published the idea in last week’s editorial. Give it a spin and tell us what you think in the Comments section!
My FAN MADE trailer for a sequel to the 2013 horror reboot Evil Dead. With all the horror reboots/remakes that have been released within the past decade, it’s surprising that not very many of them got sequels. After all, aren’t reboots supposed to, you know, reboot the franchises? But, yeah, I think out of all of the reboots, Evil Dead may be the most deserving of a sequel.
Evil Dead 2013 was such a dark, atmospheric, masterful, triumphant film that led to the most epic cinematic horror finale ever. Fede Alvarez is an absolute genius director and Don’t Breathe (which elevated home invasion horror into an art form) is further proof of that. And Jane Levy is such a perfect final girl with an insane range. Her Evil Dead character, Mia, seamlessly and naturally became this generation’s Ash Williams, without feeling like a forced gender swap. And did anybody else notice the film was a great allegory about recovering from drug abuse and how it affects the people around you?
And I love how Evil Dead was more of a reboot than a remake, which is a direction that the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 also took (and it was also one of the superior horror revivals). The film takes the overall idea of the original film and builds something completely new around it. New characters, new story, new events. But it still respects the original. By going this route, it smartly introduces the essence of the property to a new audience while still giving the original fans something fresh. It doesn’t say, “The original didn’t happen,” and it’s possible that it could even take place in the same universe as the original. I think reboots that just straight-up redo the originals are more beneficial when the originals are weak and outdated, like Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes.
Do you think a sequel to Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead would be…groovy?
Someone should start a Twitter campaign and/or an online petition asking Sam Raimi and Ghost House to make this fantasy a reality. I’d do it myself but I don’t know how that shit works. But I’ll gladly give press to anyone who takes the initiative! Someone hurry up and think up a clever hashtag (whatever that is!).
Official Synopsis: Mia (Jane Levy), a drug addict, is determined to kick the habit. To that end, she asks her brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and their friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) to accompany her to their family’s remote forest cabin to help her through withdrawal. Eric finds a mysterious Book of the Dead at the cabin and reads aloud from it, awakening an ancient demon. All hell breaks loose when the malevolent entity possesses Mia.