Ladies and gentleman, the nightmare before Christmas has come earlier. When you hear the words ”Evil Dead” and “remake” in the same sentence you probably have some mixed feelings, especially considering the truly terrible reboots out there (The Thing, The Amityville Horror, Psycho, A Nightmare on Elm Street, House of Wax… the list could go on forever). But this one may be different from all the rest. If you are a fan of the original Evil Dead film, then you know it is filled with the things that every horror movie lover craves: blood, guts, screams, and gore. Sam Raimi (the director of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies) gave the world the gift of this movie in 1981, and continued to produce that same giddy joy in fans with two sequels – Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. The films all star Bruce Campbell as Ash, the chainsaw wielding bad ass. The film starts out like the typical horror film, with a group of kids visiting a cabin in the middle of nowhere and accidentally calling forth demonic forces. But unlike the average scary movie, the absolute blood bath that follows delivers both scares and camp. If you haven’t seen Evil Dead yet, this Halloween is an excellent time to do it.
But Hollywood isn’t going to let a cult classic like that rest in peace, not when they could potentially make more money off the current popularity of zombies. The new Evil Dead isn’t being left alone in the woods because Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are along for the ride. Both Campbell and Raimi are producers for the film, and Raimi even helped write the latest version. If that wasn’t enough, Sam Raimi also chose the man who will direct his remake – Fede Alvarez. While Alvarez hasn’t done anything we might have heard of, if Sam Raimi says he can take over his baby I have to believe it is for a good reason. And after watching the trailer, it is clear that they made a very good decision. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s the preview so you can see for yourself.
WARNING: THIS TRAILER IS EXTREMELY GRUESOME AND GRAPHIC. IT IS AGE RESTRICTED FOR A REASON. IF YOU ARE AT ALL SQUEAMISH AT THE SIGHT OF BLOOD DO NOT CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON.
‘Evil Dead’ 2013 Trailer
If you watched that and immediately started smiling with joy, know that you are not alone in your love of horror movie gore. This preview is more awesome than half the scary movies I’ve been watching this fall season and it is only a minute long. Fede Alvarez, you are my hero. For some strange reason I didn’t really believe Bruce Campbell when he said (via MTV News) the new movie was “going to have ratings problems out the butt.” This was only the Red Band trailer, which means the MPAA has yet to rate the entire movie. But even just from that brief clip you can tell that Campbell was telling the truth. The new Ash, Jane Levy from Suburgatory, also told MTV about the disturbing amount of gore that may factor in to a rating saying, “I think it’s going to be worse than an R. There’s a lot of blood. There’s so much blood that the blood got stuck in my ear and I had a terrible ear infection when I was there and couldn’t hear for three weeks.” But even worse than being dunked in so much red stuff that you have an actual infection is that she’s still finding it weeks later. Levy went on to say, “This is really gross, but, I cleaned my ear three weeks ago — and I clean my ears every week — but there’s still, and I’m not even kidding, there’s still red coming out of my ears. That’s not a joke. It’s really kind of scary.” She says scary, I say freaking awesome. Potato, patato.
Besides Jane Levy, I only recognized one other name from the cast list. Unfortunately the name Shiloh Fernandez does not have a positive connotation, you probably recognize him from the crappy Red Riding Hood movie that Catherine Hardwicke (director of the first Twilight movie) made. While Fernandez sucks at life when he’s trying too hard to be the “bad boy” while making puppy dog eyes at Amanda Seyfried, he actually looks really good when he’s decapitating things with a chainsaw (check out 1:09 on the trailer). I’m assuming all the blood and guts will mask any bad acting that may have rubbed off on him after appearing in a Catherine Hardwicke film. I mean, you can’t appear in a film where someone splits apart their own tongue with a razor and act like a pansy. The rest of the cast is filled out by Jessica Lucas (The Covenant, She’s The Man), Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers, Beginners), and Elizabeth Blackmore (The CW’s Beauty and the Beast).
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that even with some bigger names in this version (the low budget original featured actors that were unknown at that time), that they can still pull off the same bloody good time. It’s just too bad we have to let this Halloween pass without enjoying the whole movie . Evil Dead doesn’t come out until April 12, 2013 and the suspense just might kill me.
What do you guys think about the new Evil Dead trailer? Will it compare to the original? Will you have nightmares for a week? Comment below!