According to reports in the press, the film used 70,000 gallons of fake blood. In an interview, Fede Alvarez said they used 50,000 gallons for the final scene alone. This is compared to the 200-300 gallons used in the original.
Mia can be seen wearing a Michigan State sweatshirt. In the original version, the main character also wears a Michigan State sweatshirt in the opening scene. This is also a homage to original director Sam Raimi, who is from Michigan.
The film primarily used practical special effects. However, CGI was used to remove wires and equipment used for the effects. Many fans feared that since this was a remake, it would have to resort to CGI rather than practical effects, and this caused some people to avoid the film. since that is not the case, many fans are thankful for the choice the director has made.
The wrecked car near the cabin that Mia sits on at the beginning of the film is an Oldsmobile Delta 88. This is model of car Ash drives in the original and is an homage to director Sam Raimi who has stated that one of these cars is present in every film he has directed.
95% of the remake was shot in order. They did this because a lot of the film takes place in a controlled environment and the level of blood and violence gets worse and worse as the film progresses. By shooting in order, they can throw blood on the walls and not worry it will mess up another shot where it needed to be clean.
When Olivia chastises Eric for his attitude towards David's past absence in Mia's life, stating "He's here now," Eric responds with a deadpan "Yeah... Truly amazing." This is one of Ash's lines from the original Evil Dead.
In 2015, Channel 4 (UK) Premiered the movie on terrestrial TV. Channel 4 showed an alternate cut of the film, running an extra 4m 10s. It is not known where this cut came from, but it is assumed that StudioCanal provided the alternate print in error to Channel 4.
When producer Robert G. Tapert suggested the possibility of an 'Evil Dead' remake to Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, Raimi responded the most favorably, whereas Campbell was the least enthusiastic of the three. Raimi thought that this was exactly the sort of film that could be successfully updated and re-imagined by a new generation of filmmakers, while Campbell was not happy to pass one his iconic role of Ash. He relented when he heard that the film would feature a new set of characters, and the role of Ash would not be re-cast.
In this film Mia and David are brother and sister, and, after being the first person possessed, Mia ends up locked in the cellar. In the original Evil Dead, Ash and Cheryl are brother and sister, and Cheryl is also the first person possessed, who ultimately ends up locked in the cellar.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
After the Credits, You can see a silhouette of a man looking off to the side. He then says, "Groovy", and breaks the fourth wall by looking at the audience. This man is Bruce Campbell from the original Evil Dead. Many hard core fans have viewed this scene as his official seal of approval for the movie.
When Eric is first reading through the book of the dead there is a picture of a severed hand with it's middle finger extended (flipping the bird), this is a clear reference to Evil Dead II where Ash is forced to cut his own hand off when it becomes possessed by the evil dead. The hand then taunts Ash with this gesture as he attempts to shoot it.
Near the climax of the film sees David venturing down into the cellar to reclaim Mia from the clutches of the evil dead in a scene that homages Ash's first encounter with a deadite in Army Of Darkness. The cellar is partially flooded and it's all round gloominess mirrors the well Ash fights in. Mia also appears to launch herself at David in quick, savage bursts much like how the female deadite lunges at Ash.