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It's the Booze Talkin': Could the Evil Dead remake actually be good???

3 years agoby: Ammon Gilbert

When the EVIL DEAD remake news was announced awhile back, I don’t think there was a single soul out there who was excited for it. There were two kinds of people out there when this was announced: pissed off fans of the original movie who thought it blasphemous to remake such a horror classic, and then there were people who don’t know what EVIL DEAD is and could give two f*cks whether it was remade or not. I guess there were a third type of people, those in the very minority, who were excited about the idea of remaking one of the most influential horror movies of all time, but they all live in Hollywood and are somehow a part of the remake (director, producer, actor, writer, etc…). I instantly wrote the thing off as trash, but just this week, word around the campfire is spreading… that the EVIL DEAD remake is actually going to be good. Say whaaaaa???

Now, I’m not one to write a movie off upon its announcement, nor am I one to totally shit on something that I haven’t seen. But never, in a million years, would I think that a remake of EVIL DEAD would be good. Pointless, yes. Waste of time, money, and effort? Sure. But good? F*ck no. And yet, just this week, original EVIL DEAD collaborators (and legends of the genre) Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi have come out saying that the film is undeniably scary, gory, and good. What the hell is going on around here? The guys who made their careers off the EVIL DEAD movies are on board with the remake? And not only that, but they’re saying that, from what they’ve seen thus far, it’s a damn good time? I feel like I fell off a f*cking bridge into crazy town with this news… what the hell is going on here?

But like the professional internet “journalist” that I am, I do a bit of research and come to find out that both Raimi and Campbell are invested in the remake as they’re both producers of the new film, so of course they would never come out and say that the film is a pile of dogshit because they want—no, they need--people to go see it so they can make some of their money back and not totally flush the project down the toilet. I get that, and that’s probably why they’re coming out and saying that it’s good. But why now? It’s not like the film is coming out this week (or even this year), and if they saw it and were truly un-wowed they could have simply said nothing and no one would know the difference. The fact that they’ve come out of the woodworks to talk the damn movie up, though? Shit, maybe this movie won’t blow after all…

Director Fede Alvarez also helped write the flick (along with Raimi…) and while they’re calling it a “remake” the new film doesn’t feature Ash, but rather follows a female protagonist into the woods where the Book of the Dead is unleashed upon them. Campbell has come out numerous times saying that it’s not going to be the same movie as there won’t be an Ash, it’s a different group of kids, and of course technology has improved immensely since the original, but…. does changing those things make it less of a remake? Or does it basically make this more like a sequel, a reboot to the franchise that has more or less stopped at part 3? And if it’s more like a sequel, does that mean we, as a horror community in love with the original, can feel ok about ourselves if it actually ends up being good? In a way, they seem to be going the DAWN OF THE DEAD route, with the same basic plot as the original but with everything else different. That’s good, right? Or… they could be going the route of THE HITCHER, which changed it’s protagonist from male to female in its remake and it totally blew assholes…

Maybe it’s the booze talkin’, but hearing Campbell and Raimi come out and say that the new EVIL DEAD movie is good, full of gore, and will be 100% rated R, makes me pause… but also makes me damn excited! Everyone wants to write the film off as unnecessary, and I don’t think anyone will argue with that truth, but that doesn’t mean what they make won’t be a horror-filled good time of awesomeness that tributes the original while doing its own thing. Maybe Campbell and Raimi are giving us an unbiased opinion here… and maybe they don’t want to loose all the money they’ve thrown into this project away if no one goes to the theater to see it cause they think it’ll suck ass. Regardless, I hope what they say is true, and that the new film echoes that of DAWN OF THE DEAD more than recent remake catastrophes (yeah TOTAL RECALL, I’m talkin’ to you!), and who knows… maybe it will be the blood-soaked R rated horror flick of 2013!

 

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3:14PM on 08/28/2012
Finally!! Some sense! Why write a movie off before we've even seen it? If it sucks then it sucks (and on these merits it should be measured against any movie be it original, sequel or remake), if it's good then hey we get a good movie. It doesn't detract from the original - see BojacRedleif's comment below, at worse it only regenrate's interest in the original. A win win in my book. I'm hopeful of a at least a good movie. I'm not looking for a classic just a decent movie.
Finally!! Some sense! Why write a movie off before we've even seen it? If it sucks then it sucks (and on these merits it should be measured against any movie be it original, sequel or remake), if it's good then hey we get a good movie. It doesn't detract from the original - see BojacRedleif's comment below, at worse it only regenrate's interest in the original. A win win in my book. I'm hopeful of a at least a good movie. I'm not looking for a classic just a decent movie.
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2:20PM on 08/28/2012

To paraphrase John Landis

"If the remake is good, I look like a genius and make a ton of money; if it sucks, then I look like a genius for making the original and make a ton of money."
"If the remake is good, I look like a genius and make a ton of money; if it sucks, then I look like a genius for making the original and make a ton of money."
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2:08PM on 08/28/2012
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11:06AM on 08/28/2012

Diablo Cody...

Why no mention? She's clearly the quintessential writer for this project - if it were ever to exist - both horror zealot, writer. She's the best screenwriter we have ('Young Adult' was THE film of 2011). She'll knock this one out of the park. No question.
Why no mention? She's clearly the quintessential writer for this project - if it were ever to exist - both horror zealot, writer. She's the best screenwriter we have ('Young Adult' was THE film of 2011). She'll knock this one out of the park. No question.
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4:35PM on 08/28/2012
Did you see Jennifer's Body? It was the worst movie of 2009 and one of the worst movies made in a long time. No movie has ever made me more angry at the filmmakers than that heaping pile of shit. It also cemented Megan Fox as one of the worst actresses ever. Sure Juno and Young Adult were decent but when her only other attempt at horror resulted in Jennifer's Body, you have to be somewhat worried.
Did you see Jennifer's Body? It was the worst movie of 2009 and one of the worst movies made in a long time. No movie has ever made me more angry at the filmmakers than that heaping pile of shit. It also cemented Megan Fox as one of the worst actresses ever. Sure Juno and Young Adult were decent but when her only other attempt at horror resulted in Jennifer's Body, you have to be somewhat worried.
10:45AM on 08/28/2012
Well, at least the new movie would still have The Book of The Dead. My fingers are crossed until I see more concrete evidences, i.e. production stills or some trailer. I do hope it turns out to be good though.
Well, at least the new movie would still have The Book of The Dead. My fingers are crossed until I see more concrete evidences, i.e. production stills or some trailer. I do hope it turns out to be good though.
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