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Movie Review

‘Evil Dead’ remake a polished but generic creepfest

Supernatural horror doesn’t get more gleefully, gorily over the top than Sam Raimi’s original “Evil Dead” trilogy. A nubile camper falling victim to lascivious deep-woods overgrowth, another girl getting a mouthful of a dislodged undead eyeball, cult fave Bruce Campbell sawing off his demonically possessed right hand — all realized with a minimal budget and maximum splatter. It was dementedly inventive enough to eventually elevate Raimi to “Spider-Man” and “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

We hear Raimi may yet be delivering a “Dead” sequel that picks up where the medieval third installment, 1993’s “Army of Darkness,” left off. In the meantime, he and the franchise’s other gatekeepers opted to hand over the keys for a square-one remake. The new directing pick: Fede Alvarez, a Uruguayan filmmaker who made his own microbudgeted splash with 2009’s “Panic Attack!,” a giant-robot-invaders short that virally propelled him to Hollywood.

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