Because of that, I'm mostly going to be focusing on the details, and comparing them to the original movie from which this release takes its' name.
Some context, for those who don't know: The Evil Dead was a labour of love created by Sam Raimi (you may know him as the director of the pre-reboot Spider-Man films), Bruce Campbell: beloved B-movie actor, and their friends.
Well... here's the thing. I have this notion that a greater range of money and resources can never be a bad thing for a creative, or team of creatives, to have. I'm fairly certain that if you could go back in time and offer Raimi and Campbell a few million to shoot their movie with no catches, they'd jump at that opportunity.
But clearly, more money does not necessarily equal better products. The problem, I think, is the risk that comes with bigger investments in those products, boosting the need to take less chances. One of the points that was brought up to Raimi and Campbell when they pitched the Evil Dead to distributors was whether or not they'd thought to write lines for trailers (they hadn't; they just thought about making the movie).
With all that in mind, 2013's the Evil Dead actually seems pretty faithful to the original (if you take it as a remake of the first film, and disregard the sequels, although there is a nod here and there to those too). Dialog's been changed, character development's been added, but the plot points all remain basically the same, and the new stuff complements those plot points: they don't feel tacked on.
The look of the film feels true to the original, the updated soundtrack is nice (although it gets a bit PRAYTOUS OBYTOUS! at times...), the sets are cool, the actors are okay. It's not bad. I'm not of the opinion that it's impossible to enjoy a film because the effects have become dated or because it was made on a shoestring budget, and that rings true for the Evil Dead circa 1981.
So this remake? Wasn't bad. Wasn't necessary either, but it's not offensively terrible or anything. Give it a chance if you're a fan, or if you absolutely cannot stand watching movies that have a couple of years on them for some reason.
3 boomsticks out of 5.
PS: if you're interested in learning more about the original Evil Dead's production, or you just want some handy little filmmaking tips, check out Bruce Campbell's awesome autobiography.