As you’ve probably heard by now, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are revisiting the film that made them famous, and remaking The Evil Dead. In this version, there is no character by the name of Ashley. In fact, none of the characters are the same. Although some genre fans might complain, this is actually a smart route to take in order for the filmmakers to avoid the constant comparison between the old Ash and the new Ash, and the other characters. I’m still on the fence about this remake, as I am with all remakes, and I probably will be until April when I can finally sit down and watch the complete feature. Bruce Campbell has stated several times that this version will be even better than the first, because he and Raimi finally have as much money as they desired for the original film, so they can fix all of the mistakes that the first film made. However, this doesn’t completely reassure all of my doubts, for two reasons: 1) Bruce Campbell is one of the producers of the new Evil Dead, so it only makes sense that he would praise the movie, because he wants people to see it, and 2) part of what makes The Evil Dead so special is the fact that it was made with such a low budget. It’s really remarkable what the cast and crew were able to accomplish with such limited means, and it serves as an inspiration to all of those filmmakers who dream of making their own movie, but don’t necessarily have the funds to do it. However, I am willing to watch nearly any horror movie, just to support the genre, and my love for Campbell and Raimi will undoubtedly lead me to the theater. I would love to hear what others think of this remake, so please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.
In this version, simply titled Evil Dead, five friends travel to a remote cabin in the woods for a quiet getaway. They also wish to help their recently sober friend Mia trudge through her heroin withdrawals in a place that’s serene and isolated. Once inside the cabin, they discover a book bound in human flesh, and unknowingly resurrect ancient spirits from their graves.
The remake that has everyone talking has announced that the world premiere for the feature will take place at the SXSW festival, in Austin, Texas. The festival begins on March 8th, 2013, and will include the world premiere of a few films, such as Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, Alex Winter’s Downloaded, and Jones’s Everyone’s Going to Die.
As for the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until April 12th, 2013 to see the movie in theaters. Whether it will be a hit or not, I can’t deny that I’m getting pretty antsy.