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UPDATED: Bruce Campbell wants you to know that they didn't "screw up" the Evil Dead remake

08.21.2012

UPDATE:  Our man Jimmy O just had a chat with director Sam Raimi and got this bit from him to go along with Campbell's comments below; "I read that thing he [Campbell] said and I'd have to agree. I saw the same cut which was really before Fede [Alvarez] was done shooting - maybe three weeks before. And it was probably already like 110 to 120 minutes long so it wasn't even an editor's cut but it was just a lot of the scenes he had shot, missing a lot of scenes - missing A LOT of scenes - and it was really working in great fits and starts and it was terrifying and gut-wrenching and gritty. The performances are all there, he really got great performances from the actors. I think, even though it's really too early to say, I think he's got the basics for a really great horror film."

Below is the original story:

We haven't heard much from THE EVIL DEAD remake camp for quite a while, but today actor/producer/chin Bruce Campbell had some info to share about the pic, much of it focusing on the doubt and vitriol that's come from fans of the original series in the notion of a remake.  Having seen a rough cut of the film and calling it "fantastic," Campbell elaborated on his feelings about the pic and the difficulty of selling it to the old guard fans.

“We're really excited and really behind it, [but] it's going to take a bit to get the “Evil Dead” fans behind it,” Campbell said. “We know we've pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn't screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] “Evil Dead” without being the same movie."

Campbell also talked about the "upgrade" of the film, saying,"The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though granted Sam Raimi is a mad genius, so we got a crazy result like “Evil Dead” out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing."

I think that the film will have an uphill climb with fans of the original series simply because Campbell as the rambunctious time-travelling Ash is such a seminal character to the franchise and notably absent from the remake.  Campbell and Raimi were the two ingredients that made the films work as well as they did, so without their direct involvement, other than producing, it will take a special kind of horror movie magic to get over the remake hump.

THE EVIL DEAD, directed by Fede Alvarez and starring Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore, awakens in theaters on April 12, 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: It may go without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway; I would've preferred a sequel to Army of Darkness with Campbell more than any type of remake/reboot of the franchise.
Source: Indiewire

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2:41PM on 08/24/2012

Will it have tree rape?

Oh no I used the word "rape" - somebody call the PC brigade!


Oh no I used the word "rape" - somebody call the PC brigade!


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10:03AM on 08/22/2012
terrifying and gut-wrenching and gritty? not what I want in an evil dead movie. and Id prefer classic practical effects than modern effects
terrifying and gut-wrenching and gritty? not what I want in an evil dead movie. and Id prefer classic practical effects than modern effects
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8:08AM on 08/22/2012

They have money invested and possible kickbacks, so OF COURSE it's "good"

I just feel EVIL DEAD doesn't need a remake or a reboot. I think Raimi and Campbell will approve simply because they have monetary investment in it. It's like Wes Craven and his shameless money-grubbing to all remakes of his material.
I just feel EVIL DEAD doesn't need a remake or a reboot. I think Raimi and Campbell will approve simply because they have monetary investment in it. It's like Wes Craven and his shameless money-grubbing to all remakes of his material.
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2:34AM on 08/22/2012

remaking Evil Dead

i suppose that if it's GOING to happen... and inevitably it was bound to happen with or without Raimi and Campbell anyway... having them attached is this movie's one saving grace ... it's just, damn... please get it right, hell i dont even care about upgrading the effects and making it look 100% better.. Evil Dead's effects looked like crap BUT it got the job done... you want a film that had 100% better effects? look at Evil dead 2: Dead by Dawn or Army of Darkness.. those two movies didn't
i suppose that if it's GOING to happen... and inevitably it was bound to happen with or without Raimi and Campbell anyway... having them attached is this movie's one saving grace ... it's just, damn... please get it right, hell i dont even care about upgrading the effects and making it look 100% better.. Evil Dead's effects looked like crap BUT it got the job done... you want a film that had 100% better effects? look at Evil dead 2: Dead by Dawn or Army of Darkness.. those two movies didn't have the gut wrenching brutality of the fist film, instead they went for the slapstick Three Stooges humor during the bloodletting... do we need that? no. Do i deserve another Dead Alive? YES.... i want my GORE... i WANT my BLOOD and GUTS and DEMONS... i want GROSS and sloppy horror... guys... just do it right.
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11:08PM on 08/21/2012
Well of course they're going to say it's awesome before it's out. Did anyone expect them to say "yeah, we know this one is bad and not nearly as good as the original"? To say it's just as good as the original is really hyping it though. Maybe it is, but will it be the same version we see? Raimi said the cut they saw was unfinished and already 2 hours long. When's the last time a studio released a horror movie that long? I foresee some heavy editing in this movie's future.
Well of course they're going to say it's awesome before it's out. Did anyone expect them to say "yeah, we know this one is bad and not nearly as good as the original"? To say it's just as good as the original is really hyping it though. Maybe it is, but will it be the same version we see? Raimi said the cut they saw was unfinished and already 2 hours long. When's the last time a studio released a horror movie that long? I foresee some heavy editing in this movie's future.
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10:32PM on 08/21/2012

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Man I love Bruce, I mean love! but I doubt I will see this in theaters. Its just not Evil Dead without him. You can't tell me that the group that made Evil Dead could not come up with a kick ass continuation of the story. They could have done this thing on a shoestring and made bank, hell look at what Whedon does on his off time with friends. I think they simply got behind it because they basically didn't have to do anything but collect a check. I really hope its not terrible but even with new
Man I love Bruce, I mean love! but I doubt I will see this in theaters. Its just not Evil Dead without him. You can't tell me that the group that made Evil Dead could not come up with a kick ass continuation of the story. They could have done this thing on a shoestring and made bank, hell look at what Whedon does on his off time with friends. I think they simply got behind it because they basically didn't have to do anything but collect a check. I really hope its not terrible but even with new effects it still will not be the same.
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9:46PM on 08/21/2012
Now knowing Sam and Bruce are behind it and learning Lou Taylor Pucci is in it I am officially excited for this. Obviously won't be as great as the original but could be great in it's own way.
Now knowing Sam and Bruce are behind it and learning Lou Taylor Pucci is in it I am officially excited for this. Obviously won't be as great as the original but could be great in it's own way.
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9:46PM on 08/21/2012
Double Post, damnit.
Double Post, damnit.
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9:46PM on 08/21/2012
Yeah, I'm predicting a lot of "thumbs down", but Diablo Cody wrote it. So there's no chance of the movie being good. She s the worst screenwriter alive.
Yeah, I'm predicting a lot of "thumbs down", but Diablo Cody wrote it. So there's no chance of the movie being good. She s the worst screenwriter alive.
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10:37PM on 08/21/2012
Naw, you forget Akiva Goldsman....
Naw, you forget Akiva Goldsman....
4:46AM on 08/22/2012
@fury159, Naw, he wrote "A Beautiful Mind". Diablo Cody has never, nor will ever, write anything of value. Fuck Diablo Cody.
@fury159, Naw, he wrote "A Beautiful Mind". Diablo Cody has never, nor will ever, write anything of value. Fuck Diablo Cody.
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9:05PM on 08/21/2012
I'm a huge ED fan (I've owned all three movies in every format available (including laserdisc, but excluding Betamax)), and I'm just glad to see the same crew involved in monkeying with this world of the Necronomicon again. Would I have liked to have seen a sequel with The Chin? Sure, but then again, he ain't a spring chicken, and I don't think he was going to be too keen on Sam throwing him around the set again at his age. I like Jane Levy, and I'll go into this one with an open mind because I
I'm a huge ED fan (I've owned all three movies in every format available (including laserdisc, but excluding Betamax)), and I'm just glad to see the same crew involved in monkeying with this world of the Necronomicon again. Would I have liked to have seen a sequel with The Chin? Sure, but then again, he ain't a spring chicken, and I don't think he was going to be too keen on Sam throwing him around the set again at his age. I like Jane Levy, and I'll go into this one with an open mind because I trust Sam, BC, and Rob Tapert. Hell, even their bad movies are so much more fun than most other's good movies.
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6:04PM on 08/21/2012
Sam Raimi did the right thing ten years ago and grabbed the rights for an evil dead remake before anyone could. He did it when hollywood was just going crazy on the remakes so he got the rights and said he was gonna make one but never did till now. The reason probably being is because he wanted to take his time with it cause as you know he was quite busy with spiderman. Sam's a guy who wants things perfected and to be in total control of his work and what we're getting here is just that.
Sam Raimi did the right thing ten years ago and grabbed the rights for an evil dead remake before anyone could. He did it when hollywood was just going crazy on the remakes so he got the rights and said he was gonna make one but never did till now. The reason probably being is because he wanted to take his time with it cause as you know he was quite busy with spiderman. Sam's a guy who wants things perfected and to be in total control of his work and what we're getting here is just that. Whether this film turns out good or bad I cant say but if you think sam or bruce isnt actually giving a rats ass about how this turns out you're delusional. This is their lively hood and they know the ramifications of putting out a "money grab" or "just another remake." If they wanted to do that we would have seen this film years ago when it was actually annouced. I trust Sam and I trust Bruce.
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4:53PM on 08/21/2012
Right, were supposed to take the word of someone involved with the project cause they of course wont be biased at all. This whole movie shouldn't exist and we all know it.
Right, were supposed to take the word of someone involved with the project cause they of course wont be biased at all. This whole movie shouldn't exist and we all know it.
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3:19PM on 08/21/2012
As far as remakes go, I've got a pretty good feeling about this. The original is one of my favorite films ever, and between Raimi and Campbell's creative involvement and the fact they hand-picked a young, unheard-of director (just like the original) who sounds like a different and exciting choice, I am hopeful. I wouldn't be surprised to hear it's violent as all get out either. Hoping for good things...
As far as remakes go, I've got a pretty good feeling about this. The original is one of my favorite films ever, and between Raimi and Campbell's creative involvement and the fact they hand-picked a young, unheard-of director (just like the original) who sounds like a different and exciting choice, I am hopeful. I wouldn't be surprised to hear it's violent as all get out either. Hoping for good things...
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3:18PM on 08/21/2012
Accidental double post.
Accidental double post.
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3:15PM on 08/21/2012
I'm sorry, I LOVE ya Bruce but I cannot get behind this shameless money grabbing remake. Unless the first trailer wows me, there is nothing to convince me to pay even a penny to see this.
I'm sorry, I LOVE ya Bruce but I cannot get behind this shameless money grabbing remake. Unless the first trailer wows me, there is nothing to convince me to pay even a penny to see this.
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3:59PM on 08/21/2012
Money grabber? The evil Dead series COMBINED made 20 million in theaters. That's it. Now granted, the series has profited a lot more since then with DVD sales and merchandising. The series has a cult following, and within the grand scheme of things isn't all that big. If they wanted to re-make something strictly for a money grabber, there's about a thousand other more popular movies they coulda chosen from.

I don't see this as a money grabber. I see it as an updated version, JUST as Evil
Money grabber? The evil Dead series COMBINED made 20 million in theaters. That's it. Now granted, the series has profited a lot more since then with DVD sales and merchandising. The series has a cult following, and within the grand scheme of things isn't all that big. If they wanted to re-make something strictly for a money grabber, there's about a thousand other more popular movies they coulda chosen from.

I don't see this as a money grabber. I see it as an updated version, JUST as Evil Dead 2 was pretty much an updated remade version of the FIRST one. This is NO DIFFERENT.
4:56PM on 08/22/2012
I don't care how much the franchise originally made, the point is the Evil Dead is a big name and the shitheads making this are trying to cash in on that fandom, simple as that.
I don't care how much the franchise originally made, the point is the Evil Dead is a big name and the shitheads making this are trying to cash in on that fandom, simple as that.
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