An Evil Dead remake? My initial thought was "Why touch a horror cult classic?"
Adding 21st century polish and grit to the campy original may be a good exercise in refreshing an 80's movie and the end result is pretty good. It's hard to believe that this is the full-length directorial debut of Fede Alvarez of Uruguay.
The scares are definitely there and the blood/gore index is above horror genre standards. I found lead star Jane Levy a revelation to be honest-- I've caught her television show Suburgatory a few times and this was a huge departure from the sassy suburban teener she played. She has a high ceiling for sure-- if only her co-stars would take her lead.
Evil Dead is a departure from the original and it may be not be a bad thing. It definitely raises the banner for the franchise, but doesn't elevate beyond a glossy tribute film.