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NYCC - Mascott Has All The Details From The EVIL DEAD Presentation!!


Mascott again!

You know, three days at Comic Con is a long time. A long time to wait in lines, wait for autographs, and wait for panels. Thankfully, the EVIL DEAD panel began a short five minutes after finishing up with the CARRIE and none of that waiting applied.

At the panel was EVIL DEAD director Fede Alvarez, of YouTube PANIC ATTACK fame, Jane Levy (ABC’s SUBURGATORY) who plays a character named Mia in this film, and Bruce Campbell, of those dreams you don’t tell people about. And damn if that guy doesn’t know how to play to an audience by now.

Our first look at an EVIL DEAD trailer was shown not long into the presentation, and boy was it a sensory overload.

It opened with a helicopter shot of a forest, then a cabin that looks terribly familiar. A carpet is pulled from the floor, and a trapdoor with blood trails leading to/away from it is revealed. Downstairs, a character finds the Necronomicon, becoming seemingly obsessed with translating its contents, rambling about letting something free that shouldn’t have been. Soon after, the road leading away from the cabin is flooded. That was when shit got real. It all flashed by pretty quick, but things I caught were demonic possessions of some sort, a chainsaw being used on someone or something, trees reaching out to do the groping they’re well known for, a possessed character splitting their own tongue in two and absolute buckets of blood.

The amount of blood in this trailer makes it seem as though the original will be only slightly moist with the red stuff in comparison, which is, of course, saying something.

It’s worth noting that while the EVIL DEAD franchise later became known for its comedy elements, this is a retelling of the original movie. That original EVIL DEAD is a straight horror piece, and this looks to be along those lines, but in a much more modern, gory way. When asked if this new EVIL DEAD would be funny, Fede Alvarez responded along the lines of, “Did that look funny to you?” So we might be missing out on the dancing skeletons and Three Stooges sequences this time around. In fact, the idea that the movie was so greatly expected to be humorous seemed to be a somewhat of a sore subject. 

It was said numerous times, as well, that the idea for a remake came not from Sony, but from Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert themselves. EVIL DEAD is Fede Alvarez’ first feature film, but after his big break on YouTube, he had been developing a project with Sam. One day he received a Skype call in which Sam asked him, “Do you want to be the one to remake EVIL DEAD?” Of course, understandably, it’s an impossible offer to turn down, especially being the fan of the series that he is.

During the panel, Bruce made numerous references to the idea of an EVIL DEAD 4 that we’ve been hearing about for a while. He said that Sam Raimi wants nothing more than for another film in the Ash series of EVIL DEAD to happen, and would continue to push for such a film on his deathbed, but that, for now, it was time to pass the torch onto a younger generation. Campbell also promised that he had worked to ensure that we would not be screwed over by this movie.

When the panelists were asked why an Ashley wasn’t the protagonist, being that it’s both a male and female name, Levy mentioned that there was a sort of play on words with the characters names, if they were put together in the right order. Let’s see... According to IMDB, we’ve got Mia, Dave, Eric, Olivia, and Natalie... It’s “demon.” The names spell out demon. Well that was fun.

...If they end up making a sequel and end up adding an Ash, it could always be “daemon.” 

Campbell also defended the idea of a female lead in the new film. He said that it was more traditional to have a female lead in a horror film instead of a male one, as they had decided upon in EVIL DEAD. He referenced the movie that Sam Raimi had made to raise the money for EVIL DEAD in the first place, WITHIN THE WOODS. In the originals, Campbell reasoned, they had a man screaming like a woman, and now, in the remake, it’s a woman screaming like a man.


It’s very obvious that this new adaptation of EVIL DEAD is not meant to play to the sensibilities of those who loved EVIL DEAD 2 or ARMY OF DARKNESS for their comedic elements, but instead to those fans of more modern gross-out horror, considering how much of that tongue splitting they showed in the trailer. (All of it.) It was mentioned during the panel, though, that there was a lot of attention to detail in the movie, so fans of the hardcore fans of the originals could have fun little references and nods to look for. (In the trailer, I noticed that the car looked quite a bit like the classic Oldsmobile, but I didn’t see enough to confirm it with certainty.)

Anyone looking for another comedy romp through the woods like EVIL DEAD 2, or a campy horror film like the original, that isn’t what you’ll find here. It’s a modern horror movie where the people making it had plenty of money to do what they wanted to do.

It’s too early to tell how the film is going to turn out right now, but, at the moment, it’s not something I’m looking forward to. Unfortunately, if it does go in the “no one sees it” direction, it’d just make it tougher for Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell to make their EVIL DEAD 4.

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Over the weekend, Entertainment Weekly premiered the first official image from the film, which was pulled directly from the trailer shown, so you can get a bit of a feel for the new tone...



Stay tuned for my interview with director Fede Alvarez for more EVIL DEAD. 

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  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Still not sure...

    by BennyL

    ... must see trailer first...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Dead does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    This is the one where the lead character is a junkie right? And she has to *face her demons* metaphorically and literally. Yeah clever idea. But sounds like as much fun as a funeral. Shall we chalk this one up as yet another remake who's makers dont seem to have the first clue about what made the original so beloved.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell is Mitt Romney from the polar opposite nega-verse.

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST

    The fact that their names spell 'DEMON' better not be a plot point.

    by loafroaster

    Because that is dumb as hell.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:14 a.m. CST

    We love you, Bruce

    by CuervoJones

    That´s why we want Evil Dead 4, not a half assed remake.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Still convinced Bruce Campbell is in it, maybe secret after credits scene

    by Cannabis Holocaust

  • This might as well go serious. ED1 is still scary to this day. They let comedy overtake that series. Time to go back.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST


    by Srift

    I have to admit you made me laugh out loud.. I bet it is a plot point.. this remake is gonna be shit..nothing can surpass the original. Might as well rename it something else because it technically isn't a remake.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:16 a.m. CST

    That picture looks retarded.

    by Srift

    Sums it up for me.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:26 a.m. CST

    The fact that it's written by DiaBLOW Cody makes it shit

    by Cobb05

    Juno is the most overrated comedy (it wasn't even funny) ever and the fact that she won an Oscar is a crime. Jennifer's Body was total garbage. It wasn't scary or funny. It was a mess of a movie. And the best episodes of United States of Tara weren't written by her. I don't like the first Evil Dead as much as I love part Two. Yes, the first movie is straight horror, but due to the small budget and it being Raimi's first movie, it's a very simple story and not that interesting. Part two just happens to be my favorite movie of all time and anyone who's ever said that no sequel is better than the original doesn't know Evil Dead 2. And often immited, but never duplicated, ED2 is the perfect blend of horror and comedy. When people try to duplicate it, saying "It's like Evil Dead 2", they just thing, it'll be silly and funny horror. They clearly don't get the movie. Evil Dead 2 scares you and the comedy is done straight. Sam doesn't wink at the audience and say "Isn't this funny?" It's probably a good thing this Evil Dead is just trying to be scary. I'm sure they'll throw some nods to ED2 though. Every horror movie has one or two laughs, to ease tension. I just think, unless they change the story big time, there's no reason to remake Evil Dead. Kids go to cabin or house somewhere, unlease evil, they all get killed, hero survives. It's been done so many times. Evil Dead, Night of the Demons, Demons. Most 80's horror movies follow that formula. So unless they throw out a major twist or ending you don't see coming, there's no way this movie will be that great. My expectations are way low at this point.

  • If it's as inventive as the Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street remakes then that's good enough for me regardless of it does at the box office or what whiny fanboys want to scream about raping childhoods etc etc meh meh meh!

  • Really? Dude... Really? Fuck me, the future of horror cinema truly is doomed.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    female = unwatchable

    by Creative

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:20 a.m. CST

    diablo me cody sucks and so does fede i have no ballz alverez

    by Creative

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:20 a.m. CST

    bruce campbell your on my shit list ass hole

    by Creative

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    fuck this is a travesty

    by Creative

  • Looks great! Everything seems to be on the right track. Don't get the negativity. I am a gigantic Evil Dead fan and I love the fact that they are doing another one. It might not be as great as the original, but its still another creepy ED movie and thats fucking great news.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    bruce you fucked up big time asshole

    by Creative

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Where's the bootleg trailer?

    by Xen11

  • Not that it can't be great, BUT I can't see it for Evil Dead 4. And it ended perfectly with 3. You can't recapture those films so why fuck it up? Bruce is not the same. Sure he's still funny, but have you seen My Name Is Bruce. I like the movie because I think its an important part of history. A movie about Bruce Campbell fandom is fucking gold, made, directed, and starring Bruce Campbell. Bruce treating his fans by celebrating their celebrating him: fucking brilliant. It's alright in a cheesy intentional way, but its not really great. Don't get me wrong: I'd die with anticipation for Evil Dead 4 and would hope they don't fuck it up, but I really can't see how it would make the trilogy better. ... but goddamn, if Bruce can get back into shape and pull a Rocky Balboa ( I mean just slimming down a bit, as I'm sure the old, out of shape Ash would probably be the bit for the film ) that could be interesting. I'd prefer my Ash skinny though. C'mon. Have him old but attractive as the fucking king, baby. They probably shouldn't make it though.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST

    As for the remake

    by Xen11

    You know its going to be remade anyway, someway, somehow by whatever company owns it after Sam and Bruce are dead. Why not just have Sam and Bruce head the thing themselves and oversee it? I like that its at least a bit different; I'm all for really different takes on a franchise, because what's the point of remaking the same film? I like the idea of a fucked up girl with her dumb friends being in a secluded cabin with a bloodbath that you are not sure if its real or in her mind or if she's the one doing it. It has potential. That pic looks great. I'm not that excited for it though, just a bit curious.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    And to clarify about Bruce's appearance

    by Xen11

    not that he's not attractive, I just mean lose a little of the extra luggage I'm assuming is still resting under that red velvety package. Fuck, I sound like a dick. I love you, Bruce. And I'm a straight guy. And I'm still wet for you. Look what you made me do..

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    THOUGH, I do hope

    by Xen11

    that this is Evil Dead 4 in disguise with Ash coming to the kids' rescue. Maybe he fucking flies out of a portal and kicks some ass after traveling through time again. Then we get a proper Evil Dead 4 explaining his travels. That would be the best fandom surprise in fucking history. Everything is being remade, even Evil Dead. You begrudgingly go see it at midnight, you're watching the cliche remake film and then BAM fucking Ash walks in and blows your fucking mind. I'll actually be pissed if this doesn't happen now.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    way to ruin a real treasure bruce

    by Creative

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    i can feel that sarcasm

    by Creative

  • ED is a cherished series for me; I saw the first film when it first took off in the UK - I hate reboots that jetisson the best elements (that made the originals so great) in favour of hackneyed and ill conceived decisions. I mean that shot could have come from Verbinski's Ring (both ass and film). MEH!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Cant trust the king when he takes orders from a queen bitch

    by Creative

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Still don't like how this director got the job

    by D.Vader

    What a lucky asshole.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST


    by 2for2true

    I don't know that sites like this would even exist without films like Evil Dead and Bruce Campbell. The hope that Campbell and Raimi will return together (along with that piss yellow Oldsmobile) is one of the things that bring me back to AICN every week. So let's be very, very clear here. We have zero - repeat ZERO - interest in a reboot, a prequel, a Van Zant-style scene for scene remake, or a television series. We want Bruce Campbell back as Ashe. We want to see reports from the set. We want to see posters. We want teasers and trailers and midnight showings on October 31st. We goddam good and well want Evil Dead 4. So why don't you screwheads quit fucking around and give us what we want.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Regarding female lead...

    by theyreflockingthisway

    I have no problem with them changing from a male lead as long as they don't use it as a gimmick just to try and be different to the original. After seeing remakes like The Hitcher and the 2011 version of The Thing, changing to a female protagonist really didn't add anything to the story. I mean if they changed John Ryder to a woman in the Hitcher Remake, instead of the protagonist, THAT would have been interesting. It just depends how it's done. I'm going to take their word for it and assume they have a good idea and made changes to reflect those. A new character that isn't just a woman pretending to be like Ash and not some done-to-death humourless Ripley clone. A female lead created from scratch that is funny and reacts well to what happens in the Evil Dead movies.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    From whats been reported you have the heroin junkie female lead sitting up on the kitchen counter top moping around cos her friends brought her to the cabin to go cold turkey. She has to fight her *demons* in a real sense. Personally I hate junkie scums and have no sympathy. I'd rather the grumpy bitch was the first to die.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Bruce, how much did they pay you to promote this stillborn shit at comic con? 30 pieces of silver?

  • What a load of fucking risible arse. The only positive that I'm taking away from this endeavour is that it isn't going in the direction of comedy/horror like 'Evil Dead 2' and 'Army of Darkness'.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Add me to the list of those who thinks the pic is underwhelming, looks rather like the little girl from the EXORCIST. I preferred those white eyes of the original they were really rather effective - you just knew there was nothing human left in those possessed flesh sacks. Just pure evil puppeteers.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Add me to the list of those who thinks the pic is underwhelming, looks rather like the little girl from the EXORCIST. I preferred those white eyes of the original they were really rather effective - you just knew there was nothing human left in those possessed flesh sacks. Just pure evil puppeteers.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    I won't pass judgement sight unseen, but I fear the worst.

    by adeceasedfan

    Just the idea is disappointing, so they really have no other option than to surprise us. I would prefer some type of pseudo-sequel that doesn't shit on what came before it. Perhaps the Necronomicon found it's way back to that cabin in the woods for another group of meddling kids. Not original, but not beyond reason. Actually I would prefer ED 4 with Ash. Hail to the Chin, Baby!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Bruce = Judas?! Ouch!

    by adeceasedfan

    That's harsh dojo.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Whoever said Halloween remake was inventive. LMAO!

    by adeceasedfan

    Yes, they invented an inbred redneck family backstory that fucking killed the movie.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I got new forbyou, guys - This will was NOT made for US...

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    This was made for the teenage date night crowd that will flock to whatever horror film Hollywood pops out on any given weekend.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    for you, not forbyou... damn phone

    by ShiftyEyedDog

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    RE: Diablo Cody.

    by knowthyself

    Jennifer's Body had some good moments. Pretty good horror.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    adeceasedfan, im glad you got the reference! Did anyone see Arnie promoting TOTAL RECALL REMAKE, or KURT RUSSELL promoting THE THING REMAKE, or the ghost of Patrick Swayze promoting RED DAWN remake? No you didn't - but Bruce knows he sold out on this one for some blood money. He's even got his red Faustian jacket on. Deal with the devil for a few dollars...

  • Actually, no. Not even that would save this movie.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Jennifer's Body was a bad movie, but

    by CuervoJones

    Juno was worst. I couldn't watch more than 20 minutes of that shit. That wise-ass girl was 9.5 on the Jar Jar Binks Scale of Annoyance.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    How would this doing well give us Evil Dead 4?

    by Andrew Coleman

    That doesn't make a lot of sense. If this does well they will make Evil Dead 2 the remake. No frankly I want someone to sit Raimi down and ask him for real why they haven't done a movie called "Ash". Because we all know we'd love it if it was just set in S-mart and he was fighting dudes in bad make up or fake skeletons. No CGI necessary. Movie cost almost nothing in Hollywood standards to make. Set your budget at $1 million. I'd donate $500 or more to that. I was so sad when Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash didn't happen. Simply because it would have worked big time. Teens getting chased by Jason/Freddy and go to S-mart and find Ash. Would have been cheap and easy. Fans would have loved it and regular dip shits would just find "The old guy in Walmart who is a bad ass" funny.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell gets an eternal pass from me

    by j

    LIFETIME PASS! If the movie is shit, it'll just be him taking a bullet for the friend that helped launch his career (whether you think Raimi deserves it or not), and he will remain inviolate. I was so happy when he got the Burn Notice gig, BC gotta eat, and I hope it gives him many years of work and rerun royalties. Its a shitty truth that you gotta do some things for money so you can do other things for art and interest. If the movie is good, then awesome, but if pimping this for Raimi is something hes gotta do for money or loyalty, then it is what it is. If BC has an exec producer on this, I just might help line the dumb-ass sheeple up to pay to see it, dreck or not. Many remakes bother me. Im not sure why this one doesnt too much. Maybe because you cant remake Ash.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Female Lead

    by MattDomville

    Do we still have a problem with this? A comic on the subject:

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    I think this is the first step towards Evil Dead 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Shaun D Lyons

    It's to test the waters - see who wants some...if the response if good and the green rolls in, I'd wager they'll dust off that Evil Dead 4 script, and have an older Ash team up with the chick from this new flick and...yeah baby!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell was funny stuff

    by CuervoJones

    Raimi still has the skills. Give us a real Evil Dead movie, dammit.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Yeah, a female lead could NEVER work...

    by ScriptCunt

    After all, THE DESCENT really sucked balls, didn't it? Buncha close-minded fuckwits 'round these parts.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    No Ash? NO THANKS.

    by Fries Against

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Sounds fantastic.

    by SebastianHaff

    Everyone throughout pre and post-production has said everything I wanted to hear. I don't like cutesy comedy-horror, I like my scares nasty and cruel, like the first Evil Dead. Even Diablo Cody gets it. She said a few months back she understood why we were worried about her involvement, and promised not to have anyone say things like, "honest to blog." <p><br> I was entirely looking forward to this without an ounce of worry, until I saw that picture. Obviously that isn't enough to go into panic mode, but this is the first moment I've realized this isn't a guaranteed home run. That picture is way, way too slick. Yeah, it's a great makeup job, but that's also what it looks like. The demons in the original look like nasty, gooey corpses. This looks like it's coming off a particularly talented artist's reel. Too clean, too perfect, too overproduced. ...Hate to say it, but too Hollywood. <br><p> I trust this isn't indicative of the rest of the film.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    JOIN US...

    by obijuanmartinez

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Somebody say Diablo Cody's involved? If that's true, I'm in...

    by AllThosePowers

    ...the toilet playing with my shit, it's a far better experience than watching anything that bitch has written, I would never suggest any woman should go back to whoring out her ass but...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by Talkbacker with no name

    Yeah imagine if Alien and Aliens had gone with a female lead. It would have been rubbish! Buncha close-minded cunthaters 'round these parts.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by ghoulstock

    I actually think this sounds pretty good, and that first official photo is cool. The first Evil Dead was not trying to be "funny"--it's the sequels that did that. The first one was trying to be straight-up scary. Yes, the cheesiness factor due to the low budget might make it seem silly, but Evil Dead 1 is not the joke-fest that a lot of people seem to think it is. As for Diablo Cody's involvement: I'm no defender of her work--she's very overrated. But she didn't write the script--she did a quick polish on it, that's about it. She even said herself that she did very little work. So calm yo tits.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Mascott, a question: Was the blood real or CGI?

    by GiggityGoo

    The one thing that ruined "Drag Me To Hell" for me (other than the kitty stuff) was the painfully obviously digital liquids. Especially the embalming fluid. It just took me completely out of the movie. I suppose that dreadfully boring main actress didn't want to have goo on her... so why even be in a Raimi horror film, then? If the blood in this remake is real, if the gore/mutilation FX are practical and not digital, then I'll be more inclined to maybe go see it. But if it's another CGI romp, then forget it.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    What bothered me about the female lead was...

    by Kelly Grimes

    That I called it the moment I read about the remake. And it wasn't that I'm some maddened, frothing misogynist, it's just that this is the typical Hollywood wink-wink shit that I see over and over again; their genuine attempt at being clever, and hiring Diablo Cody was their way of being able to market this as somehow empowering. It's simply more of the same, by the numbers yes-man thinking. And it's birthed not from creativity or exploration, but from dollar signs. That said, I'm reserving my judgment (and interest) until I read some reviews upon release.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Go rewatch the first Evil Dead and tell me it still holds up

    by LoLWut

    Because if you take them fucking nostalgia glasses for a min and watch it again it is a horrible B movie, it might have been good schlock back in 81 when it came out but it does not hold up to the test of time. I grew up on this series and I can objectively look back and say that the first one was the weakest one, if you are going to remake something it might as well be the one that you couldn't do right the first time.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I rewatch the first Evil Dead every year

    by CuervoJones

    It's a fantastic movie with no rules, amazing camera work, no "sacred spaces", no "divine help", no hope and no rest for the main characters. Yeah, it's a cheap movie, but the energy of that film is bigger than life.

  • Maybe this will be good, although everything about it suggests that it will not. It wasn't the story or production quality or lack thereof that made the first one an all-time cult hit. It was the personalities involved. This film takes all of that away and makes what's left more conventional and bland. The effects and camerawork will be more "professional", no doubt. But who cares? At this point, I'm not buying the line about wanting to make Evil Dead 4 so badly. It's not going to get easier to do the longer they wait. Do we need this film to justify an ED4? Are we to believe that Hollywood money was more in favor of Raimi's last film than it would have been an ED4? I wish all of these guys well. They've done some fantastically creative stuff, have made many thousands, maybe millions, of people happy over the years, and have done it all with class, humor, and charm. But nothing about this remake seems to have any reason to exist. Maybe we'll get a new genuinely creative horror series out of this that will be better than all the other reprehensible garbage horror series we've seen in recent years. But what are the odds?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    @cuervojones, you nailed it with your comment about 'no rules'

    by kevred

    That's the killer x-factor of things like the original ED series. There were no rules. And when rules set in, they were their own rules. That creates the 'something special' that defines all the stuff that becomes beloved and stays around. Unless someone has pulled off something unprecedented, this new film will be following The Rules. It may be gory, maybe the camera will spin around and do crazy things, but in its DNA it will be of, by, and for The Rules. And how many truly special works are a product of that?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by adeceasedfan

    Although I believe that you have a point. I will deny that you have a point three times.

  • Even though it was a "Scary" film...we all laughed our asses off at the over the top "horror" of it back in the 80's, really...I found the original funny as all fuck.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    No need for "director swagger"...

    by stlfilmwire

    Good director needs to remember that although horror fans love the original Evil Dead, it were the comedic elements of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness that allowed for the Evil Dead remake to have such a built-in fanbase. In other words: sure, I love that you are making a serious horror film, but let's not roll our eyes at the fans that were hoping for a funny one.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by stlfilmwire

    "It were"... hehe.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I rewatch Evil Dead 1 constantly

    by AlibyebyeEssmob

    It's just a great, refreshing film experience, even 30 years on. It has overflowing creativity, great atmosphere, and is filled with sheer insanity. I used to prefer Evil Dead 2, but I've come to love the first film more.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    People who say movies "don't hold up"

    by DrGogol

    ...are not real cineastes. If you can't appreciate a movie that uses different technology to tell a story then you don't deserve to call youself a movie buff. It's that simple.

  • She was a flavor of the month that people liked couse they thought it was trendy. Then we learned about hipsters and realized we were really tasting shit under the illusion that it was ice cream. How about Cody write a script for that 'sucky' kid so we can have the ultimate shit sandwich. What if we got, I don't know, a vampire. And she ends up getting preggo by a demon or something. So she drinks a shit ton of orange juice kills all the guys in her high school. But the whole time it's being told to her school counselor. We can call it Interview with a Vampire. Just get the rights, Anne Rice doesn't give a shit about her vampire books anymore anyways. This will be infused with feminine awesomeness. (is that a phrase? I should patent that shit)

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    "it's a modern day horror movie" Ooh, that's a low blow.

    by 77AD

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead 4 with Campbell and Raimi?!!!!! YES!!!

    by ZOMBRE

    There, was that so hard? Now I feel a little better about this remake.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    The names spell DEMON, so it must be cool....

    by riddleman1674

    Right, and I'm sure if we connect most of the letters from the names of all the clueless unoriginal happy meal selling corporate fucks who spent millions making this shit, we could spell ANOTHER POINTLESS REMAKE. First and foremost, she has irises. Instant FAIL. It looks like they stuffed Regan in the Fucked Remake NoOne Gives A Shit About cellar ....maybe she'll at least yak on the people responsible. Either way, this one will go from theaters to the blockbuster dollar bin & the cycle will repeat. R.I.P. Hollywood

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    conspiracy is correct, to describe the original EVIL DEAD as a straight horror as the guy does in the article... that does it a disservice. Its not quite as willfully silly as the other two films but it's definitely still quite zany - particularly for those who actually saw it at the time. The Raimi camerawork has since been highly imitated and nowadays virtual cameras whizzing through CG environments mean were no longer wowed by a camera barrelling through a forest but back then it was highly original, and also kinda wacky. Highly original and wacky. I wonder if this remake will be either?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Well Bruce, we'll always have Evil Dead II...

    by workshed

    ...the perfect one, untoppable. I'd love to see Evil Dead IV but for now I'm a happy chap and Bruce can do whatever the fuck he likes. Personally I'd like another book or someone to cast him as Batman.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    The snobbery towards the comedy in ED 2

    by alan_poon

    When it was a far superior film is somewhat baffling. Make your full on horror remake . My guess is that it will be as boring as sweetcorn on a dogturd.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Diablo Cody's arsehole is like an exploded starfish

    by AllThosePowers

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    A few things I noticed about the movie....

    by ArcherRampage

    Jane Levy is a star of it but apparently Shiloh Fernandez is also considered a lead in it too. Diablo Cody was only brought in to make the dialogue fit 20 somethings now. Which is better than the way Rob Zombie did the dialogue for teens in his halloween remakes. Very little CGI was used so we don't have to worry about shitty effects like the NOES remake had.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Cabin in the Woods was Sci-Fi

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And not scary or horror in the least. I liked it, but it wasn't even comparable to evil dead other then there being a cabin in the woods within both plots.

  • I wish I lived in that universe.

  • This movie isn't going to get a lot of love. I just don't understand why Rami with do this to his Evil Dead fan's. Don't him and Bruce constantly get asked when are we getting a 4th? And they think that people are going to get behind an Ash-less movie. That for the most part is going to be just like every other horror movie? Female protagonist, dark and "gritty". You'd think that they would understand that their older movies are what set them apart from all the other horror movies even if the last two were half comedy... usually we don't care about the "good guys" you always care about the bad guys like Jason or Freddy, Michael, chucky, ghostface etc... But in one horror franchise you actually had a protagonist trued horror slayer (ASH) to get behind and want to see prevail. And most likely we aren't going to like the new people in the remake. And we are just going to want them to die off. So it's going to be Same old, same old. If at the end of the movie Ash kicks in the Door with his Shotgun and his Chainsaw right when the main character is about to die from a demon. Say's something like "yo she bitch... not today" and fires off a shot at the camera which then cuts right to black... that would make me very happy. But thats just not going to happen.

  • If you shy away from the comedy, then it's just a typical demon possession movie in the woods. Yippee. Hell, it might not even work as a horror movie if the gore is just there for gore sake. Like it's trying too hard.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    @giggitygoo - On the subject of blood, and bootleg trailers.

    by Scott Mendenko

    It looked about 50/50. The actual blood itself looked just as practical as ever while it was being thrown on the character with the chainsaw, but they also seemed to relish the fact that they actually had money to make this flick. Each short bit in the trailer when "shit got real" wasn't more than a second or two long, so I couldn't say for sure. Even Bruce seemed somewhat for bigger effects, even. He said they wanted to make an EVIL DEAD where you couldn't see the garden hose in someone's throat. So really we'll have to see when the trailer goes public. As for a bootleg trailer, if it's not already up, there likely won't be one. In the theatre there were what looked like Men in Black that were literally taking people's cameras from them if they were filming during the trailers. There was no cellphone service, or decent wifi, either, to upload anything. Fede Alvarez, the director, said on his twitter recently that he thinks the trailer will be released sometime "before Halloween."

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Daemon (novel)

    by lv_426

    Anybody read that one? It was a cool and fun idea, but pretty damn unbelievable. Still though, I wouldn't mind seeing a movie version just for all the action set pieces and cool tech. Supposedly a live action adaptation is in the works.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    As for whether the original EVIL DEAD still holds up

    by lv_426

    I'd say it does, but then I can understand why some people wouldn't like it. It is a rough little movie, but also has a certain charm to it. In a weird way, the movie that came closest to sort of capturing some of the raw low budget energy of the original Evil Dead, for me was Dog Soldiers. Personally, I'd rather see a sequel to that instead of an Evil Dead remake.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Have any of you read the script? It's really not bad at all.

    by Elgyn6655321

    Granted I read the pre-Diablo Cody draft. I liked what I read. Once it gets going, it's very balls-out and sticks close to the pitch-black, relentless tone of the first movie. There's a teeny-tiny bit of dark humor here and there, but nothing approaching the full-out camp of Part 2. If the director does a good job, this will be decent.

  • -- from the article -- *Whatever happened to Justin Lin's Terminator 5 movie? A couple years ago, the Fast Five director was signed up to take over the Terminator franchise. And hopefully wash the taste of Terminator Salvation out of our mouths. Sadly, the film never got off the ground — and now unnamed sources are saying one huge problem is that the script never quite came together. These sources also give us our first hints about the plot of T5 — and you can see why this turkey never got the chance to fly. The whole thing was based around resurrecting Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor in an alternate dimension. Oof. According to inside sources close to the production over at Movie Hole the premise for T5 (which included Arnold Schwarzenegger's involvement) was to send the T1 back in time to an alternate dimension where Kyle and Sarah lived on. This also meant you could keep the original cast of Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn if it was set in the characters' futures. Unsurprisingly the script never got locked down, and eventually Lin had to get back to work. So he left the project and returned to making Vin Diesel And A Fast Car films over at Universal.* Bullet Dodged. --------------------------------- Holy nutsacks! What the hell were they thinking? What is so fucking hard about doing the future war where John Connor leads the human resistance in the final epic battle to defeat Skynet and send Kyle Reese and an Arnold model T800 back in time to protect Sarah and John?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Panic Attack sucks by the way

    by D.Vader

    Its an effects reel whose emotion comes from the unauthorized use of the famous "In a House, In a Heartbeat" music from 28 Days Later. That's all. Yes I'm insanely jealous.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    No kidding LV_426. Its a fucking no brainer

    by D.Vader

    We've ALL been waiting for the goddamn Future War movie since T2. I remember radio DJs telling me that James Cameron was going to make that Terminator 3. It FUCKING WRITES ITSELF you lazy assholes.

  • It seems they were trying to tie it back into the original Terminator by having it branch off into an alternate timeline, so they can no doubt recast young actors in the Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor roles. My guess as to the reason for that would be so they could do whole new offshoot of Terminator sequels that disregard any of the canon. The funny thing is, TSCC series already sort of did the alternate/branching timeline thing, but at least moved things forward and didn't step all over the original masterpiece of The Terminator and the awesomeness of T2. It is sad that they can't seem to grasp the simple concept that the most logical tie-in back to T1 would be that of sending Kyle back to protect Sarah in 1984. Seriously, this alternate dimension T5 idea sounds just as bad, maybe worse than McG's retarded idea of having Christian Bale and company following a group of time travelling terminators back to present day London or whatever that nonsense was.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    In other words, LV_426, they wanted to go the Star Trek route?

    by D.Vader

    That just doesn't work in this case. But jeebus Christo I'm glad you brought up McG's absolutely retarded (sorry for the language, but it is) idea for the sequel. You know, I like McG as a director more than I do Ratner. I think he has some interesting shot choices and stylistic flare that Ratner lacks. Rater, unfortunately, is an insufferable douche with a massive, unearned, ego. McG, however, seems a bit more restrained and willing to make fun of himself. So it really bugs me that his "creative" ideas always turn out to be sophomoric and immature. His idea for a Terminator sequel is the kind of thing a 10 year old would have written in his Trapper Keeper. In other words, IT MAKES NO FUCKING SENSE. The "future War" in modern day London? What the hell does that buy you as a storyteller?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Shit you said that, never mind.

    by D.Vader


  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    d.vader -- I liked Terminator Salvation for what it was

    by lv_426

    True, we should have gotten a proper future war film at that point, but I liked Salvation. It felt like the kind of story that Dark Horse used to do with their Terminator comics back in the 90's. The problem is they didn't make enough money with Salvation, so they never moved towards the bigger future war stuff. The second problem seems to be that anyone who picks up the Terminator rights seems to have movie franchise $ signs in their eyes. So we probably will never get a single proper Future War film for awhile. They'll dick around with all sorts of narrative contortions to bring us terminator stories that avoid the logical endpoint, which would be defeating Skynet in the future and sending back Kyle Reese, thus connecting the timeline back with the original film and closing off the whole thing, making it all tie back to being a big temporal circle.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    For what it was, LV, it was allright

    by D.Vader

    I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy myself, though I'd be lying if I also said I was okay with everything in the movie. I think it has a few big problems, but I think it has a few cool ideas, and I think it works as a precursor to the big Future War we ALL want to see! I wish the trailers hadn't spoiled the big surprise of the film (which would have been pretty damn cool to experience spoiler-free), and I wish there had been an idea and plan for that movie to lead into the Future War, but alas its not to be I guess. But on your last point, it can't be a temporal circle anymore anyway, can it? A second Arnold was sent back in time. A third Arnold was sent back in time even though Judgment Day was averted (it can't be stopped). And even in Salvation, things were happening differently than they should have. I think we could still get the Future War that ends with Connor sending Reese and Arnie back in time (and we should), though whether or not they stop Skynet too... I don't know.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by mrgray

    ILLITERATE, WOMAN-HATING ASSHOLES!!!! How many fucking times does it have to be said on this site that Diablo Cody did a DIALOGUE POLISH? That means she rewrote some of the dialogue to sound more contemporary? That's IT. That's her SOLE contribution. And there's no telling just how much of the dialogue she changed. So you living Ed Hardy t-shirts can take your bullshit attitude and your utter lack of film industry knowledge and FUCK. OFF.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    @cuervojones re: rules

    by mrgray

    Except Evil Dead is a perfect example of following proper, classic narrative rules. Conflict escalates as the stakes are raised. The reluctant hero is forced to take up the sword. The hero's allies fall by the wayside until he is forced to face the climax alone. Not every classic narrative contains these elements, but most do, and certainly Evil Dead does. It's one of the reasons I love Evil Dead I and II so much: sure they're a little goofy and gory, but they are genuinely SOLID storytelling.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Terminator V?

    by BlueLando

    It doesn't need Ahnuld or Kyle Reese. THAT'S the beauty of it. You have to figure Skynet has resources that they have a lot of different Terminator models. So you can have Terminator 1 as a background event, while John Connor and co are fighting the Future War. Heck, even go BTTF 2 and have Terminator 1 footage airing during Terminator V. Perhaps Future John Connor ends up going back to the past for some reason.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST


    by BlueLando

    Terminator ALREADY has alternate timelines/dimensions. Terminator 1 is a full-circle film, as John Connor always sends Kyle Reese back to save Sarah, who then trains/tells John his father is Kyle, so he can send Kyle back. Terminator 2 sets up an alternate dimension, as they avert Judgement Day -- something that did NOT happen in the original timeline. Terminator III doesn't change the timeline, and appears to be full-circle like Terminator 1... except it's the third timeline, because the original Terminator 2 timeline was changed when they averted Judgement Day, meaning Judgement Day took place LATER in Terminator 3. Terminator IV is mostly consistent with Terminator III's revised timeline. And T:SCC is full of alternate timelines/dimensions, to the point where TWO CHARACTERS come back from completely different pasts. God, what a brilliantly stupid franchise.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Wow. Loads of overweight, women-hating, manchildren on this site.

    by Ray Gamma

    As if that's a surprise.

  • It's about John Connor uniting man and machine through compassion. Rebellious terminators uniting with rebellious humans that defy both human and machine fueled Skynet (corrupt government). A parable on humanity rising against fascism. It's not about man vs. machine ; because machines are made in man's image. They learn from whatever they are taught. It's how they are raised. Exhibit A: John Henry And if you have no fucking clue what I'm referring to, then fuck off because you have ignored the greatest that is science fiction and the best thing that is under the name "Terminator".

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Haters and Trolls....

    by crimsonfreak

    ... posting on AICN? What evil parallel universe did I wake up in!? As long as there has been cinema there have been remakes, for better or worse. No matter the quality of the remake, reboot or sequel, I will always have Raimi's Evil Dead, Craven's Nightmare and Carpenter's Halloween (my favorite film of any genre) on my shelf. The same goes for Romero's Dead films which share space with Savini's Night and Snyder's Dawn. Neither are the equal of their progenitors, but both are really good films in their own right. And do we really need to bring up the amazing 1-2-3 punch of The Thing, The Fly and The Blob back in the 80's? Seriously though. Killer_Instinct - get some therapy. Your commitment to misogyny is both impressive and disturbing.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    Headed back to "The Cabin" site in Morristown TN this weekend

    by 2for2true

    where ED was filmed. A friend of mine played an extra in it, and has been kind enough to take me and others back to it occasionally. I'd be lying if I said it didn't bring chills down my back every time I go up there. Because, there's just that goddam place.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    My favorite Bruce Campbell quote from NYCC about ED

    by Scott Baiowulf

    How did you get Diablo Cody involved? Bruce "Because middle aged men can't write dialogue for young women and because she has a FUCKING ACADEMY AWARD!"

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Also trailer is leaked and around the interwebs.

    by Scott Baiowulf Wasn't blocked yet as of 2 minutes ago.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Trailer looks good enough to keep me interested.

    by Scott Baiowulf

    Out of sheer curiosity I'd go see this to see what they've done with it. If it keeps looking as good as the teaser, I'll actually buy a ticket for it. Unlike, Nightmare On Elm Street, which I couldn't not go see, but also wouldn't give Platinum Dunes $ for the steaming pile of shit they made. So, I bought a ticket for something like Akeelah and the Bee and went to see NOES.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    The trailer actually looks pretty damn good

    by D.Vader

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    The first Evil Dead movie is my favorite of the Dead Trilogy.

    by albert comin

    The others are immensely enjoyable, but the first is closer to my heart. As for the remake, seeing is believing.