Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
This weekend saw the release of Fede Alvarez’s The Evil Dead, an even grislier remake of Sam Raimi‘s 1981 horror flick. But did you know that the so-called “original” was a remake of sorts as well?
Granted, Raimi’s film wasn’t a do-over of a beloved classic — rather, it was a feature-length retooling of a short “prototype” film he’d made himself a few years earlier under the title Within the Woods. Future Evil Dead stars Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss play the main characters, who are disturbed by demonic forces during a weekend in a remote cabin. Sound familiar? Watch the whole thing after the jump.
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The remake of Sam Raimi‘s first signature film is now open. After a long period of speculation about the possibility of a fourth Raimi Evil Dead film, or a remake by some other filmmaker, audiences have a chance to see what Fede Alvarez has done with Evil Dead. This remake has some ideas of its own, as it follows a group of young friends to a remote cabin where one plans to detox. But it also has a heavy reliance on Raimi’s set pieces, many of which are firmly entrenched as calling cards for his career.
Beginning with its premiere at SXSW there has been mixed reception to the remake — some love it for the over the top violence, while others (myself included) think that, yeah, the gore is good, but there’s not enough of a movie there. So weigh in on the conversation — let us know what you thought of Alvarez’s Evil Dead, and keep in mind that spoilers are fully encouraged in the comment thread below. Read More »
In my review of Evil Dead, this year’s remake of Sam Raimi‘s career-making 1981 film, I mentioned that this movie might actually exist in the same timeline as Raimi’s movies. It isn’t locked down in the film that such a thing is the case, but it is suggested.
Recently, original Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell went a lot farther, saying at a post-screening Q&A that plans for sequels to both this new Evil Dead series and Raimi’s own movies might eventually merge the two storylines. We couldn’t confirm his quote at the time. At today’s WonderCon panel for the remake, director Fede Alvarez confirmed the ambition to top off his own Evil Dead 2 and Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness 2 with a film that brings the storylines together. Read More »
Once upon a time, Sam Raimi wanted to call his third Deadite-killing expedition Medieval Dead, and briefly flirted with the title Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness, before simply releasing the movie as Army of Darkness in 1992.
There’s no question that the film is a sequel to Evil Dead II; it uses Bruce Campbell as the same lead character, Ash, and involves many familiar Evil Dead elements. But Army of Darkness had a much more broad, comedy-influenced tone, as well as a heaping dose of fantasy and medieval elements.
Fast-forward to now, when we’ve been hearing that Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan could finally be working on the Evil Dead 4 script that has been rumored for years. But long-time producer Rob Tapert now says that the film won’t be Evil Dead 4, but Army of Darkness 2. Read More »
Just as the world gets ready for a Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell endorsed remake of Evil Dead, the director himself is finally getting ready to continue the franchise. In a new interview, Sam Raimi said he and his brother, most likely screenwriter Ivan Raimi, would be sitting down to write Evil Dead 4 this summer.
UPDATE: Soon after this initial report was released, Raimi clarified his comments. Unsurprisingly, the film’s future isn’t as certain as the original report made it sound.
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The common reaction to the statement, “They’re remaking Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead” is disbelief and maybe a scream. Hollywood can remake as many of their own films as they want but the original The Evil Dead was a fully independent production that most people discovered on VHS or cable TV. For those reasons, it’s a cult classic many people hold dearer than others and the idea of a remake seems blasphemous.
But the remake is coming. It’s directed by Fede Alvarez, and scheduled for release April 12, 2013. Not only does it have the blessing of Raimi and star Bruce Campbell; they’re both producing it. Still, fans might feel a little wary. Maybe Raimi and Campbell put their names on the film just for the cash? This is decidedly not the case and, if you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Campbell himself.
In a short, sweet, recent interview Campbell explained exactly the role he has in the movie, its tone, its cast, everything and – personally – sold me on the whole idea. Watch it below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:
- Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
- Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
- Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
- Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
- Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
- Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
- See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set
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Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
Bruce Campbell doesn’t appear in all of Sam Raimi‘s films, but in the years since their work on the Evil Dead movies, the actor’s become a familiar — if small — presence in many of them. So we were a bit disappointed last month to hear that Campbell wouldn’t be making a cameo in Raimi’s next picture, Oz: The Great and Powerful, despite earlier reports that he’d been slated to appear. But now it seems Campbell’s back in after all, and what’s more, that he’s already shot his “pivotal” (not really) part. More details after the jump.
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Sam Raimi doesn’t have Bruce Campbell to kick around anymore. Not in Oz: The Great and Powerful, at least.
Raimi made an early career out of kicking Campbell’s ass on a regular basis through the Evil Dead films, and the actor has cameoed in many of Raimi’s features that followed. He was set for a cameo in Oz: The Great and Powerful, which stars James Franco as the man who becomes the Wizard of Oz, and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as three sister witches with whom he becomes entangled when he finds himself in their land of Oz. But that cameo is no longer happening. Read More »