you'll piss off a lot of horror nerds with that comment
Let 'em be pissed. the only way that ED2 makes sense is if none of the characters in ED2 have any memory of the events of Evil Dead. It's not a straight up remake, but it has many of the same plot points and character beats. I'd call it a quasi-remake.
Also, Evil Dead is a straight horror film with a little bit of humor thrown in. But really, it's just terrifying if you go with the cheap production values. Evil Dead 2 is horror comedy. It's still scary, but it's going for laughs throughout. It's a far funnier film than ED. You finish watching Evil dead and feel exhausted, at the end of ED2, you feel like you've watching a scary Bugs Bunny cartoon.
I'm glad this remake is going back to the roots.