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New Evil Dead clip has seven years bad luck


Mar 14
// Matthew Razak
This new clip from the upcoming remake of Evil Dead, which Geoff caught at SXSW and raved about, is pretty damn short and full of a lot of heavy breathing, but it surprisingly tells us a lot.  First we catch a glimpse o...

Evil Dead was part one of a trilogy, part two on its way

Mar 11 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
The idea of films being made with the intention of creating trilogies is a sketchy one, and it's something that we've been talking about a bit behind the scenes since the news broke about  the already-in-production Oz. The guaranteed franchise-ization of properties is one of the signs that Hollywood (as well as the games industry, for what it's worth) is falling to creative pieces, but there's something about this is particular that just feels fine. Maybe it's because this isn't a Hollywood film, and it's made by people who really care. I mean, Sam Raimi doesn't even want to return to direct an Oz sequel, but the company will charge ahead anyway. I really don't like that at all. But maybe it's because there is already a trilogy that this is emulating. The Texas Chainsaw reboot went all kinds of crazy with adding prequels and sequels and whatever, but there wasn't really a precedent for that (though Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, given its comedic slant, could actually been seen in the same vein as The Evil Dead 2). Here it feels more natural. Or maybe it's just that the film sounds really awesome (and Oz the Great and Powerful does not). I don't really know.  It will be interesting to see if Alvarez and co. follow the same Horror->Horror Comedy->Comedy structure that Raimi did. I don't know if that would be good, but it would certainly be interesting. I'd like to know how Alvarez and Mendez would add in comedy. I'd like to know if that's something they're even capable of making comedy. But it would probably be best if they kept to their own devices and just made it better and better horror. I mean, we've already got Army of Darkness 2 on the way anyhow. Do we really need another one? Trick question, by the way. The answer is yes. Hell yes. [Via The Hollywood Reporter]
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Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues Mendez reuniting to write the script
After unveiling itself to the world with some absolutely crazy trailers, Evil Dead had a lot to live up to. Not only did it have to be able to stand with Sam Raimi's films, but it needed to justify that crazy awesome tongue-s...

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Evil Dead 4 = Army of Darkness 2
[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] During my round...

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Sam Raimi explains/kinda dials back Evil Dead 4 comments


It's all for the fans, he says
Mar 04
// Hubert Vigilla
When Sam Raimi said he wants to work on the Evil Dead 4 script this summer, I immediately assumed this would be part of a pattern of Evil Dead sequel disappointments: something might happen, and then it doesn't. (Same thing h...

UPDATE: Sam Raimi to write Evil Dead 4 script this summer

Mar 02 // Hubert Vigilla
From Red Carpet News TV: Can Evil Dead 4 exist alongside the new Evil Dead remake? We don't think about anything too much, but thinking about it right now, yes. The new Evil Dead film doesn't have the Ash character, it's a brand new set of characters in a similar situation. So the Ash character is still either trapped in time in the far flung future in a blasted London, or he's working in S Mart; based on either the Japanese version or the American version of the film. I'm not quite sure yet. That's where Evil Dead 4 would probably pick up.
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Groovy
[UPDATE: Sam Raimi confirmed to Red Carpet News TV that he wants to write Evil Dead 4 this summer and make the film. Red Carpet News TV asked how the film would work alongside the upcoming Evil Dead remake and where the plot ...

The Rating Game: A Tale of Blood, Guts, and the MPAA

Jan 30 // Sean Walsh
[embed]214272:39427[/embed] First up: watch the above trailer. I think it's pretty easy to see how that could dip into NC-17 territory. I mean, tree rape is a very delicate subject, after all. Do I think that Evil Dead should be anything less than a hard R? Of course not. But of course, Evil Dead doesn't represent the whole genre. Do I think that horror films need to be rated NC-17? No. I actually think that would be a step backward for the genre. The Wikipedia page for the MPAA's rating system defines NC-17 as such: "This film is patently adult and children are not admitted. Such films may contain brutality/pervasive strong graphic violence, explicit sexual content, sexual assault, extreme horror and/or crude indecent language." I watched the remake of I Spit On Your Grave about a year ago, and it was incredibly brutal. It was only rated R. It contained a fairly graphic rape scene and some of the most extreme scenes of revenge-fueled violence I've seen in some time. The film was rated R. I admit, not much gets under my skin, but I shudder to think what people would do with the freedom an NC-17 rating would allow. Allow me to draw a comparison now: Before he made the jump to satellite radio, Howard Stern was forced to operate within the guidelines of the FCC. Once he got to Sirius, the sky was pretty much the limit. On the radio, he was pretty raunchy. On Sirius, he had no restrictions. I've always felt that the effect was sullied a little bit since there was no longer an envelope to push. Homeless midget twins scissoring in the studio? Sure, why not. [Editor's note: that is a fictional example. So far as I know, anyways.] That is what I would be afraid of if mainstream horror decided to say, "Screw it, let's go NC-17." Although homeless midget twins would make pretty interesting antagonists... I'm pretty jaded when it comes to horror. I've seen it all. I spend an unhealthy amount of time reading creepypasta. The only part of The Human Centipede that made me squirm was when the doctor removed teeth during the surgery montage. It takes a lot to scare me. That's part of the fun with scary movies. You never know if the film you're about to watch will be your horror holy grail. Two of the three creepiest films I've seen since I've written for this site, Insidious and Mama, were rated PG-13. The other was Sinister, which certainly earned its R rating. What makes Insidious and Mama so great is that they had to work within the confines of the PG-13 rating. There's little to no blood, guts, or harsh language, but they're still creepy. Sure, once you get a good look at the main antagonist of Insidious, he's a little less scary, but the titular monster in Mama just gets scarier the more screen time she gets. These films don't need the R rating to be scary. Sinister, however, wouldn't work nearly as well without its R. The film begins with an extended scene featuring a family hanging from a tree. Another family is burned alive in a car. There's plenty in this film that justifies its rating and being able to show more as a result of its rating works for it. So, what am I getting at? That some films work just fine with a PG-13 rating and others, like Sinister and Evil Dead, wouldn't be able to fully function without an R. However, what more could you show with an NC-17? I don't really think we need more explicit sexual content and sexual assault would do anybody any good. I Spit On Your Grave was one of the more uncomfortable experiences of my life, and I'd hate to think of a movie in the same vein without restraints. The other problem with ratings is that they typically keep butts out of seats. There were lots of tickets returned at my theater because parents had the good sense to not want to sit through Haunted House and their kids weren't 17 and/or didn't have IDs. When something is rated PG-13, like Insidious or The Possession, anybody can go see it. Evil Dead will be considerably more prohibitive to see with its R rating (you have to be 25 to get someone without ID in). Movies with an NC-17 rating, even if big theaters like AMC or Regal made a habit of showing them, would keep anybody who wasn't 17 out. It's no wonder that Evil Dead is going to make cuts, because releasing an NC-17 is the film equivalent of putting out an Adults Only video game. It's basically product suicide. As a great man once said, "It's all about the Benjamins, baby." Ultimately, I don't think that ratings speak to the quality of a film, but I am considerably more impressed when a film can stay within the constraints of PG-13 and still get under my skin. I love horror of all shapes and sizes, but they really don't need to go further than R to be scary. Unless we're talking about Homeless Midget Twins From Beyond the Grave. That's one NC-17 I could get behind.
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Would an NC-17 rating make horror films scarier?
After the news broke that the first cut of Evil Dead received an NC-17 rating, Alec shot me a text suggesting I write up a little somethin' somethin' about whether or not the entire concept of NC-17 horror is a good thing. Th...

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The Evil Dead remake's first cut received an NC-17 rating


Little known fact: the NC is short for 'Not Cool Bro'
Jan 29
// Thor Latham
News that I'm sure will please fans of everything blood and gore, director Fede Alvarez recently Tweeted that his first cut of the Evil Dead remake that was submitted to the MPAA came back with an NC-17 rating. He said h...
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Trailer: Evil Dead


The tamer trailer for the light of heart
Jan 21
// Thor Latham
While not quite as, uh, colorful as the former trailer, this new green-band trailer tries to make up for it with more suspense and implied nastiness. Evil Dead has a long legacy to live up to, and so far I've been prett...
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Trailer: Evil Dead (Red Band)


Jan 04
// Nick Valdez
Man, you wouldn't believe how much trouble I went through to find a header that wasn't too gruesome for this post! I mean, sweet Jebus. Like the last Red Band trailer (I assume that's the only way trailers for Evil Dead can ...
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New Evil Dead poster is brazenly arrogant


Nov 20
// Matthew Razak
Well, damn. Even after hearing Bruce Campbell rave about how scary it was, and being sufficiently creeped out by the trailer at NYCC I didn't think the marketing campaign behind Evil Dead would be this awesomely ful...
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New Evil Dead and Carrie info creeps up the place


Carrie's phone number and pics of the Necronomicon!
Nov 01
// Nick Valdez
Hope you all had a good Halloween, and in case you're still feeling the heebies jeebies, here's some new horror movie remake info that was released the other day. First up is two new images of the Necronomicon from the upcomi...

Red Band Trailer: Evil Dead

Oct 24 // Nick Valdez
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Here's what we've been waiting for folks. Ever since that lucky jerk Matt described the teaser trailer from Comic Con a few weeks back, I've been waiting very impatiently for the actual footage to release...an...

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NYCC: Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez talks changes


Oct 18
// Matthew Razak
Along with sitting down with Bruce Campbell at NYCC I also got the chance to talk with the director of the upcoming Evil Dead remake, Fede Alvarez. This is the guy who convince Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell that he...

NYCC: An interview with Bruce Campbell

Oct 16 // Matthew Razak
Were you starting to doubt you'd ever get to revisit this material again? A little bit. We're getting older and the idea is getting older. Sam (Raimi) is making big movies now and he may not always be able to take the time to do an Evil Dead movie. We're glad that Sam ran into Fede (Alvarez) and what they were working on originally got bogged down. Turns out Fede was a big Evil Dead fan and pitched a couple ideas to Sam that were very interesting. Then myself and Rob Tapert started to pay attention, and he pitched a full story and we liked that, and then he pitched a script and we liked that. We kept liking everything that was happening, and here we are today. How important was it for you to be one of the producers and how hands-on were you? Well I was a producer of the first one and so I was a producer on all three of them, so it was just natural that we would all be back again. We really enjoyed it. You have a lot of boring conference calls when you make movies most times, but the three of us agreed it was just really fun to be working together again. We've always had a really good association... and now Fede is the new sucker. You've said that this one is not funny like the others are. Nope. Can you compare... It's more like the first one. The first one was only funny because it was melodramatic dialog delivered by bad actors. You're not a bad actor. Uhhhh... yea. I'm less worse now. I have more experience now. But, you know, that had its own feel. You have to make a decision: how scary are we? Are we real scary? Are we funny scary? Are we just torture porn? Which, thankfully there's not a frame of torture porn in this movie. I feel that aside from just being offensive -- it's not scary -- that's bad film making. I hope we're coming out the ass end of torture porn and that it will never return. What made you think the film needed to be remade in the first place? We didn't. It sort of grew on us like a wort. Plus, when you see the chances of making a sequel receding every year like our hairlines you think maybe there's a better way. Let's get some young punks here and torment a whole new group. We'll use our experience from making three of them to help guide them to a new balls out movie that will torment people for the rest of their lives. And we think he did it. That's the funny thing.  You're not worried that the shift away from the more comedic angle will... No, because the first one wasn't at all. The first one was not designed at all to be really funny. Just as filmmakers we wanted to evolve so on the second one one of the writers named Scott Spiegel was just the funniest man alive. He and Sam would sit in a room writing Evil Dead 2 and just start cackling. They'd sit down the hallway from our old dentist's office and just start laughing. We'd ask if they were writing a horror film or a comedy and they'd say, "We don't know!" It's just what it became, but Fede pitched a straight version and that's what we made. I think it's great. The movie is very adult. There's nothing childish or immature or MTV-ish about its style. So what happens is when the shit hits the fan you start taking it much more seriously because the whole movie is. It's like "When Interventions Go Bad." That should be the tagline for this movie.  That's the premise. Fede came up with this unique premise of why they are at the cabin in the first place and we thought that was pretty organic. This chick is trying to shake a little habit and go back to the family cabin where she can scream and let it out for a couple of bad days. Problem is by the time things get too far along they've been thinking she's only in withdraw. It's a bit worse than that, you know. So what would you say the tone is? Is it a slow creeper? A jumper? It's not racing along at the beginning, it's a pretty straight opening. You know, it's a strong retelling of them visiting this old cabin and settling in while this girl solves her problems. Then when the dead is released it just gets relentless. You're going to wish you were watching the earlier part of the movie. How many monsters are we looking at? Well there's five kid so potentially five monsters. Where do you feel like this will fall in the pantheon of horror films? I hope that I am invited for the next 30 years to attend double bills at the Alamo Drafthouse. Show the first Evil Dead first then this one second at midnight for decades. I think they're great companion pieces. They're just two different versions of this creepy story.  Fede was very respectful to the original. There's a lot you'll get. You'll be putting on a nice comfortable leather shoe here. It's going to feel real familiar.  Are there Easter eggs? No because the tone wouldn't fit. There's no jokey cameo from me as the ice cream guy going, "Here's your two dollars back. You kids be careful at that cabin." That's not the movie. If it was Army of Darkness maybe -- that kind of tone. No, this is a throwback. This movie scared the hell out of us the first time we saw it.  As producer what sort of involvement did you have day to day? Well, when we were casting I felt as an actor I was a pretty good judge of actors. I also got to ask the question of how are you with special effects make up. Can you work in this stuff for extensive amounts of time. It's a serious question that boils down to how tough they are. Jane Levy is a tough little chick. I hope she becomes the new Ash. I hope she gets considered with the same respect and admiration that that idiot Ash does. People enjoy that character and we didn't want to put some unnatural burden on some new actor saying, "I'm the new Ash." No you're not. We didn't want to put him in that position. Just tell a new story. It's another bad night with a creepy book that they should have left alone.  Have you seen Cabin in the Woods? I have not. I've heard there are references. It's all good. So how violent is the movie? How violent? Yes. I know you said torture porn is crap so... It's fucking violent. This is a really fucking violent movie (ed. Judging from the trailer he is not lying).  Details? You're going to see it pretty damn soon. I mean how's a nail gun fight sound? Like with lots of nails. How about blood rain? Since you'd been through this before with all the make up and physical stuff did you talk to the actors about how to do it? I sent them an email at the very beginning letting them know what they were going to get into. I was being very fatherly. Don't party because you're going to wear out. It's going to be a long, long haul. We pushed every actor right to the brink... poor bastards. But it's good. They worked hard for their entertainment value. And Jane Levy is going to be a little... she's going to get work. She's a little hotty and real tough. Will there be anymore after this? There damn well better be.
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Ash goes to bat for the new Evil Dead
At NYCC I was able to fulfill one of my life goals: interview Bruce Campbell. The man did not disappoint. In a red sports jacket and black shirt he was walking around like he owned the joint (he basically did) and brashly dec...

NYCC: First image/trailer recap for the Evil Dead remake

Oct 13 // Matthew Razak
The trailer opened on a very familiar looking cabin, though this one seems a little smaller and bit more dilapidated. We see our five victims entering the cabin and looking around as menacing music starts playing. They look around the cabin and then rip up a carpet where they find a panel in the floor (sound familiar) with a trail of blood leading down to it.  Cut to the basement of the cabin and a bunch of hanging dead animals, looking far creepier than it ever has and then one of those damn kids reads from the Necronomicon. As this is going on the movie continues to cut to text telling us that it's from the original creators and that they're rebirthing evil. Also of note is that the text read from the book is definitely the same words from the original movie, so well the overall feel looks far more brutal there are definitely nods to original film. Of course once the words are read all hell starts breaking lose and we jump from a bunch of cuts of people going steadily insane. The possessed in the new film look far less like the zombies of the original and more like they're seriously diseased. At first I was a bit concerned about this, but the new look is creepy as all hell and hints at a focus of a bit more insanity than the original. There's definitely a far darker tone to the entire thing, and it looked like people got more and more possessed and turned into more zombie/deadite creatures as the film progressed. You can get a taste of them from the image in the header. For those worried about them completing ditching the original the trailer pretty much confirms the existence of a possessed hand, a chainsaw, bodily dismemberment and tree rape. There were definitely two separate shots of a woman getting tangled up in vines, and star Jane Levy pretty much came out and said tree rape would occur. The trailer cut between a lot of shots of people getting possessed along with the classic Evil Dead camera shot as the evil careened through the woods. There's was plenty in the trailer paying homage to the original, but it didn't feel anything like it. I get the feeling that it's going to be far more disturbing than it was the first time around when it was already really disturbing. This might be the most intense trailer I've seen in a long time. It definitely had gallons of gore flying everywhere, and the closing shot was a girl slitting her tongue in half. The crowd went nuts as the trailer rampped up the blood and gore. This film is definitely going to be a seriously dark blood bath. Bruce Campbell, a man I'd trust with my life, gave us all a promise it's going to rock. 
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Bruce Campbell rocks the world
Update: Official image below. I just got out of the panel for the Evil Dead remake where director . Needless to say Bruce Campbell rocked the house, pretty much pulling the most cheers and being generally awesome. H...

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Evil Dead remake 'fabulous', according to Bruce Campbell


Aug 21
// Xander Markham
Many people are understandably tentative when it comes to the upcoming Evil Dead remake, but Bruce Campbell is on hand to assure everyone, in rather fruitier fashion than usual, that he has seen the movie and it is 'definitel...
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Evil Dead 2 rotoscoped is like Take On Me with deadites


Apr 12
// Bob Muir
Fact 1: rotoscoping is awesome. Fact 2: Evil Dead 2 is awesome. So when someone rotoscopes Evil Dead 2? That's, like, awesome squared. Sadly, it's just the trailer, not the whole movie. But still, I love the look that studio...
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Shiloh Fernandez cast as lead in Evil Dead remake


Feb 03
// Matthew Razak
Replacing Bruce Campbell in a film is pretty much an impossible task. No actor this generation has acted so poorly so well. It seems that the man put up to that very challenge will be Shiloh Fernandez (don't worry I don't kno...
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Evil Dead remake just like Evil Dead, minus fun


Dec 08
// Xander Markham
Extensive details of the Diablo Cody-scribed Evil Dead remake have emerged on Moviehole, including a lengthy story synopsis. A provisional shooting schedule suggests that Raimi is keen to get production underway in March, wit...
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Ash not showing up in Evil Dead remake


Sep 16
// Matthew Razak
As anyone with any sense knows Ash from the Evil Dead films is the biggest badass ever in the history of ever. One word: Groovy. Bruce Campbell is a tiny god of awesome and Ash is the way that god speaks to us. Bow before you...
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The Evil Dead reboot isn't dead yet


Jan 24
// Alex Katz
I’m not saying an Evil Dead reboot would be as bad as the Holocaust, but I’m already making inquiries into purchasing a somber-looking building for an Evil Dead Reboot Museum. The continuance of the Evil Dead series has ...

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