Much skepticism was expressed when it was announced Evil Dead was getting a reboot sans Bruce Campbell. Campbell’s character of Ash Williams is synonymous with the Evil Dead franchise. Horror audiences were largely in agreement that if Campbell can’t return, neither can Evil Dead, even if that did spell certain disaster for the franchise. Director of the 2013 Evil Dead reboot took a serious risk in the undertaking that was going against the wishes of a fan base as rabid as Evil Dead fans. It would seem that risk carried considerable reward. Evil Dead wasn’t an overwhelming critical success, but it faired well. Audiences, however, loved the movie. Moreover, it was a huge financial success. When all was said and done, Evil Dead made nearly $ 100 million on a budget of $ 17 million.