Here's something that may not exactly qualify as breaking news, but it will still please those of you (all of us) looking forward to THE EVIL DEAD: Director Fede Alvarez confirmed via Twitter that the remake nabbed an NC-17 rating. Groovy!
Naturally, studio TriStar Pictures will not be releasing the film that way, but it's nonetheless heartening to learn the film has enough unholy carnage to warrant the rating. In a response to a follower's Tweet regarding this very topic, Alvarez said, "Was proud of scoring a NC17 when submitted! But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters."
It was clear to me when visiting the set of EVIL DEAD last summer that, while the production was pulling no punches in the violence and gore department, the producers were intending to deliver the studio an R-rated movie (they're obligated to). Producer Rob Tapert also assured us that the film would eventually receive an "unrated" Blu-ray/DVD, which is all the more certain now.
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
EVIL DEAD stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore; it's due to hit theaters on April 12, 2013.