When I heard there was an Evil Dead remake in the works, I was skeptical at best. When I found out that there would be no Ash in the picture, I couldn't imagine it working. Even after the theatrical release, I wasn't interested--despite my good friend Tony D's assurances that it was an awesome reboot. I shouldn't have doubted him.
The Evil Dead remake may represent the most fun I've had with a horror film in years. It was a gory thrill ride that was disturbing, repulsive, dark, demented, and 100% entertaining. The direction was spot-on, the acting was on-point, the effects were glorious, and the sense of impending doom was a perfect recreation of the sinister tone and the grisly atmosphere of Raimi's original. In fact, I think it's fair to say that, Ash or no Ash, this remake topped the original. To be fair, the makers of this film had Sam and Bruce in their corner, and they had the original and every other meaningful horror film from the last 30 years to reflect on. Yet many remakes of films with similar legacies fall flat, and I thought this was a smashing success.
Finally, I think the lack of Ash was appropriate. After all, who else could play that role? It's a part for the The Chin, and a part for The Chin alone. If you're looking for a good time drenched in blood, look no further than the Evil Dead remake, a rip-roaring massacre that is incredibly well-made.