In purely practical terms, it’s unlikely that Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead remake will live up to the marketing promise that it’s “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” But even if it fails to meet that high bar, it’s clearly trying its hardest to push that envelope.

The first red-band trailer was packed end to end with disturbing, blood-drenched images, to the point that it made Sam Raimi‘s 1981 original look mild and mellow in comparison. The green-band trailer, for obvious reasons, is far tamer, but it’s still pretty spooky. And because it can’t show off the really shocking moments, it gives away much less about the film. Check it out after the jump.

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Both trailers start out the same way, but after about the first minute or so the green-band goes off in its own separate, less blood-splattered direction — and it does so without sacrificing too much of the creepy intensity that made the last trailer such a hit. That can only be a positive thing. Copious gore can get old fast when it’s all a horror movie has to offer, but Alvarez seems to know just how to ramp up the tension to make a really scary movie.

Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth Blackmore, Alvarez’s new Evil Dead will debut at South by Southwest in March. It sails into theaters just a few weeks later, on April 12.

Synopsis:

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.

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