Evil Dead fans get ready, because the Evil Dead remake has been summoned to life and will hit theaters April 5, 2013! If you’re like me, you’re probably tired of all the lifeless Hollywood remakes of our most beloved films from long ago. Well, Bruce Campbell is aware of this and had something to say about it at the Fan Days Convention in Dallas a few weeks ago: “There are some very loyal fans who are nervous. They’re worried about one of their favorite movies getting remade. ‘Why remake it? Why, why, why dear god, why,’ you ask? Shut up! It’s too late, we already did it!”
I could watch Bruce do Q &As all day long; he’s hilarious, handsome as ever, and energetic enough to run his own Q&A, spending time telling fun stories and ridiculing the audience…with love of course. He reassured us that we would not be disappointed with the new Evil Dead film, and explained how the three original producers are behind the remake:
It’s not some cigar chomping producer going “yeah, I’m looking for a picture with women with big tits and a lot of blood. What you got? Evil Dead? Let’s do it, yeah!” This is a handmade movie by the three of us picking a new director that I think kicks some serious ass, with actors that can really bring it. Jane Levy is the new star of this. She’s wicked good. I really recommend it [Evil Dead remake], not just because I’m a phony producer of the movie. When I saw it I was very happy and relieved. It’s 90 minutes, it’s not a long movie, and it’s going to be a little thrill ride. It’s going to pick you up and slam you down hard, and you’ll feel good afterwards.
I guess I’ll just have to give it a chance, seeing as how Bruce “Don’t call me Ash” Campbell himself has given it his blessing. Bruce said that director Fede Alverez was a fan of The Evil Dead and the remake would be very respectful of the original. As far as similarities between the two films go, he stated, “You’re going to have all the familiar elements: you’ve got the book, the nasty book that should have been left alone, you’ve got five new idiots that shouldn’t have been there, you’ve got your cabin in the woods, and you ain’t getting out. So it’s another long ass night for these people.”
The trailer has been released and shows the dark, gritty brutality of the new Evil Dead, as well as some callbacks to the original, like the infamous tree scene. The film is really serious, focusing on pure horror instead of having the comedy elements seen in Army of Darkness, which is why, Bruce explains, he’s not in this film. Because it’s not like he didn’t try. He laughingly summarizes his exchange with Fede Alverez:
Fede: What? I’ll put you in it, and you’ll just say, “Give me some sugar baby!” What’ll I do with you?
Bruce: Alright, relax. I’m not trying to force myself into your stupid movie!
If Bruce said he was very pleased with the film, gave it his blessing, plus is still a producer of it along with the other producers of the original film, maybe don’t blow it off just because it’s a remake. The character Ash won’t be in this film, instead the lead will be a woman, Mia (Jane Levy) so watch the trailer and keep an open mind! It certainly looks gory and terrifying.
This is the Action Flick Chick, and you’ve just been kicked in the ass!