Recently we were hit with the news that director Fede Alvarez might have found his new film with the currently untitled flick dubbed “The Shining in the White House.” And while that sounds like ten types of fun, I think I’d much rather see Alvarez considering Evil Dead 2 his next film.
Especially considering Bruce Campbell says he’s producing the next Evil Dead movie.
On top of all of that, I’m a big fan of the idea of a female taking over the recently vacated role of “Ash” in the future Evil Dead films – and Jane Levy’s Mia from Alvarez’s remake is more than up to the task to say the very least. In fact, as we learned in Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe Levy kicks all the ass and I don’t know a single horror fan that would lament her return.
With all of this in mind, I can’t help but imagine what a sequel to Alvarez’s Evil Dead might look like. So join us as we dig into what we think might make for a killer follow-up to one of the best remakes out there. Here’s how we think Evil Dead Part II could work.
First, we need to make sure that, like Alvarez’s remake, this new film pays homage to the original Sam Raimi film and its sequels. But even more importantly we need to make sure the new film follows in the successful footsteps of the 2013 film. This would happen by keeping Alvarez’s ideology that practical effects win out over digital gore every time. Next, we keep it SCARY. Alvarez’s remake brought true terror back to the series and this sequel would continue that tone.
To begin, this new film would open just like the 2013 remake, with a bloody girl wandering through the woods. Only this time it’s good old Mia. She’s swaying this way and that as the sun rises over the beautiful landscape, one hand a bloody mangled stump and the other clutching a bloody chainsaw for dear life. She walks down the middle of a seemingly endless road out in the middle of nowhere. Then police lights approach. A cop gets out, walks to her. The officer asks if she’s okay. Mia doesn’t look up. The officer keeps prodding until… his voice begins to change. Mia finally looks up at him. It’s her dead brother! Black blood sprays out of his mouth like a firehose.
Cue intense music and huge letters: Evil Dead Part II.
Boom. Mia wakes up in a mental hospital with her hand bandaged. We quickly find out that she was picked up by a real cop after she brutally attacked him out on the road. She was then brought to this mental institution where she tells the authorities what happened back at the cabin. But considering that she’s a known drug-addict, they aren’t too keen on believing her.
They send a team of cops out to the notorious cabin in the woods and discover it’s been a slaughter. The media firestorm begins. All the original cast’s dead bodies are torn apart and hanging here and there. The world is disgusted. The cops search the now burnt-out cabin but find nothing remotely supernatural around. But there is one strange item left behind…
The book of the dead.
Mia is now in trouble for murder and the world believes she brought the book of the dead to the cabin to kill her brother and his friends via witchcraft. They present her with all of the evidence they have on her, including the chainsaw she supposedly killed everyone with, and the book of the dead. She makes a big deal about the book and this causes a lot of interest. The authorities investigate the book in an attempt to figure out its origins.
This would be a good time for us to learn more about the Evil Dead lore in general. Professionals from all over the place come to analyze the book of the dead. It’s studied under a microscope. We learn tons of new (and horrific) information about it. And then, as you might imagine, these assh*les eventually read from the book and unleash some dead and evil souls into the hospital.
Mia breaks out of her room and finds out that the evil has sealed all the doors shut. The massacre begins. Mia breaks into the evidence locker and steals the chainsaw. She attaches it to her arm. Blood, guts, and gore flow like wine until Mia and company realize that the only way to put the evil to bed for good and all is to return the book of the dead to the infamous cabin in the woods.
As you can see this would be the first Evil Dead movie to take the action out of the cabin (and/or medieval time) and bring it to the streets. Sure, Ash vs Evil Dead did this, but with a comedic edge. This new film would go for the jugular time and time again. Even better it would allow the evil to play mind f*ck games with Mia. Is she even in a mental institute after all? The film would play out as an is this really happening or was Mia driven super-insane by the events at the cabin?
In a fun callback, the whole shebang ends with Mia being transported back in time just like the original sequel. But this time the medieval landscape and tone are not like that Hercules show or that Xena series. This time it’s full Game of Thrones meets The Exorcist. Bring on part 3!