Given that Sam Raimi‘s original The Evil Dead was billed as “the ultimate experience in grueling terror,” the Fede Alvarez-directed remake has big shoes to fill. The first footage from the movie suggested that it goes pretty far out into splatter and gore, especially when compared to the bulk of mainstream horror films that play things fairly safe.

But can this new version of the story really deliver on the promise of the poster, which dares to go even further than the marketing promise of the original film? Probably not, but it’s fun to see them making such a bold decalaration. Read More »

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Maybe you were good and decided not to watch the bootleg recording of footage from Fede Alvarez‘s remake of The Evil Deadthat came out of the New York Comic Con. If so, and you can’t wait until tomorrow to see the teaser trailer, here’s a bit of footage that will give you a basic idea about what to expect.

What we see is grim, greenish, and even a bit grimy, and there’s a replication of the classic Sam Raimi POV shot that was one of the series’ visual hallmarks. And you’ll even get a look at the book of the dead (seen in part above) to tease what’s coming next. Read More »

Just because we’ve already seen and loved the original Carrie, Robocop, and Evil Dead doesn’t mean we can’t be curious about the remakes. Today we have teaser posters and footage descriptions for Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead and Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie, thanks to the Sony panel at New York Comic-Con, and a peek at Alex Murphy’s new ride from Jose Padilha‘s Robocop. Hit the jump to get an eyeful.

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Whatever the box office numbers indicate, I’m inclined to believe there are plenty of original ideas left in Hollywood… but you won’t find them here, because this post is all about the remakes. After the jump:

  • More Robocop pics; Aimee Garcia joins cast
  • Get first looks at Carrie and Evil Dead at NYCC
  • Allen Hughes is remaking A Bittersweet Life
  • Game of Thrones director will remake Jar City
  • Brett Ratner is producing Disney’s Flamingo Kid

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Spike Lee is turning to some familiar faces to help round out the cast of his Oldboy remake. After adding his Do the Right Thing star Samuel L. Jackson a few weeks back, Lee is turning to his Red Hook Summer actor Nate Parker for another supporting role. The up-and-comer’s other credits include ArbitrageRed Tails and The Secret Life of Bees.

A remake of Chan-wook Park‘s hit South Korean thriller, Oldboy centers around a man (Josh Brolin) out to exact revenge on the person who kidnapped and imprisoned him for mysterious reasons. Sharlto Copley plays the villain, while Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as a woman who aids and romances Brolin’s character. Parker is in talks to play a doctor colleague of Olsen’s. Oldboy will shoot this fall, likely for a 2013 release. [Variety]

After the jump, Carrie and The Evil Dead get synopses, and José Padilha responds to talk of Robocop difficulties.

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After an early snag that saw Lily Collins landing the lead and then dropping out three weeks later due to scheduling issues, casting on Fede Alvarez‘s The Evil Dead is now rolling along smoothly. Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Beginners) boarded the project last month, as Jane Levy (Suburgatory) stepped up to replace Collins.

Now the newest addition to the roster is Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker), while Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place) has entered talks. The actresses will play two more pals who get wrapped up in the horrors released by the Necromonicon. More details after the jump.

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That new version of The Evil Dead is still pulling together a cast, after Lily Collins dropped out of the lead role. Collins would have played a troubled girl who, with her brother and some friends, goes to a remote cabin to detox, where supernatural forces are awakened to threaten the group.

With Collins out of the picture the film still needs a female lead, but it now has a male lead. Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Skateland, Red Riding Hood) will play one of the film’s key roles.

Update: Just after we published this article, Jane Levy (Shamesless, Suburgatory, Fun Size) was revealed as being in talks to take the role formerly held by Lily Collins. More info follows. Read More »

Here’s a little bit of movement on that remake of The Evil Dead that Panic Attack director Fede Alvarez will oversee. The movie is based on Sam Raimi‘s fan-favorite original 1981 film, with a script Alvarez co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues before Diablo Cody did a rewrite.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict have partnered with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to make a big deal to distribute the movie, with the bottom line being that Sony Pictures will distribute The Evil Dead in many countries, including the US. Read More »

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