Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Director Fede Alvarez is all about defying expectations. First, he did the impossible and made an Evil Dead remake that managed to live up to the nasty legacy of the original. Now, he’s back with Don’t Breathe, a terrifying thriller that never zigs when it can zag, pushing the boundaries of good taste at every opportunity.
The set-up is refreshingly simple: three young criminals break into the home of a blind man, hoping to make off with the fortune he supposedly has stashed away. But that blind man is tough military veteran played by Stephen Lang and those crooks are on his turf and he has a few surprises in store for them. It’s intense. It’s gnarly. It’s grotesque. It may even go a little too far, but hey, you’ve got to admire its gleefully deranged commitment. I enjoyed it as SXSW and enjoyed it just as much just a few weeks ago. Alvarez is the real deal.
I was able to sit down with Alvarez after my second viewing and like many of the directors responsible for the most gruesome of horror movies, he turned out to be thoughtful, funny, and full of great stories. We spoke about directing Stephen Lang, channeling (and rejecting) cinematic influences, and how the film’s best scene was the result of a last-minute on-set rewrite.
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Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Between Matt Murdock and Arya Stark, you’d think people would have gotten the message by now: underestimate the blind at your own peril. And after Avatar, everyone should definitely know better than to dismiss Stephen Lang. But perhaps the characters of Fede Alvarez‘s Don’t Breathe don’t get the same pop culture we do, because they make the very, very terrible mistake of trying to rob a blind man played by Stephen Lang, with predictably upsetting results.
Don’t Breathe took SXSW by storm this spring, and now the first Don’t Breathe trailer has arrived to show us just why this film scared those festivalgoers silly. Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps), and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) star as the young and not-blind people who unwisely get tangled up with Lang. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Hollywood is ready to roll the dice on another board game adaptation. A bidding war has broken out over Monsterpocalypse, a robots-versus-monsters game adaptation that has Fede Alvarez on board to direct. If the concept reminds you a bit of Pacific Rim, you’re not the only one who’s noticed — an earlier version of the project stalled after Guillermo del Toro’s jaegers and kaiju stomped all over theaters in 2013. Read More »
Don’t Breathe revives one of the horror genre’s most convenient tropes: what happens when a group of genuinely rotten characters find themselves up against someone so much worse? It’s like a get-out-jail-free card for any filmmaker with a nasty streak, as they can proceed to punish the lead characters in unfathomable ways without asking the audience to feel too guilty for relishing in their suffering.
And director Fede Alvarez lays that suffering on with a heavy brush. Once Don’t Breathe finds its rhythm, it becomes one of the most relentless horror movies in recent memory, a non-stop assault that finds that fine line between crowd-pleasing and shit-your-pants terrifying. Alvarez already showed horror fans that he wasn’t kidding around with his vicious 2013 Evil Dead remake, but Don’t Breathe is his and his alone, proof that his brand of intensity can operate when removed from a beloved franchise.
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Comc book fans who were looking forward to seeing Justice League Dark hit the big screen with director Guillermo del Toro behind the camera had their hearts broken when the filmmaker stepped away from the project over the summer. Since then, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was rumored to be offered the job, but he has chosen not to be involved as well. Now a new rumor gives us a couple more options for a potential Justice League Dark director.
As of now, Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez and Big Bad Wolves directing duo Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are said to be the top contenders for the job, which gives us a good idea of what kind of tone Warner Bros. might be going for with this supernatural comic book adaptation. Read More »
The whole crew behind the Evil Dead remake — producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, director and co-writer Fede Alvarez, and writer Rodo Sayagues — are working together on a new thriller. The film is A Man in the Dark, which Raimi and Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures is assembling now, with international sales about to kick off at next week’s American Film Market. Read More »
Sorry fans. No matter what Bruce Campbell says, Bruce Campbell says don’t get too excited about Army of Darkness 2. After the actor was recently quoted saying “Yes,” the film will happen, he has now backtracked on that. Campbell now says despite the “random comments” that slip out of his mouth sometimes, the film is not a reality until we hear something from the production company, it’s given a release date or a start date. And, as of yet, none of that has happened.
He also doesn’t seem too hopeful about a sequel to this year’s Evil Dead remake, talking about how director Fede Alvarez (himself a subject of uncertainty regarding the franchise) has moved on to other things.
Listen to Campbell’s quotes below.
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UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, Fede Alvarez said the below quotes were “lost in translation” and he still is attached to the film. The original story follows with the update at the bottom.
This year’s release of the Evil Dead remake breathed new life into a revered, but seemingly complete franchise. Suddenly, star Bruce Campbell and director turned producer Sam Raimi were talking about new sequels and Fede Alvarez, who directed the bloody remake, was planning his own sequel that would dovetail with what came before. Evil Dead fans were in speculation heaven as it seemed likely Ash would meet Mia at a cabin in the woods.
Months have passed though and while the original camp, Campbell and Raimi, are still adamant their sequel – Army of Darkness 2 – is happening, the other film might not. Rodo Sayagues, co-writer of this year’s Evil Dead, now says he and Alvarez left the sequel months ago. Read More »
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No, the director of the new Evil Dead film is not making a film based on Dante Alighieri’s classic poem. He might, however, helm a film based on a video game of the same name. Fede Alvarez, who wowed audiences earlier this year with his brutal new take on the classic Sam Raimi film, is in talks to helm Dante’s Inferno, based on the Electronic Arts game. The game borrows from Dante’s classic poem in that you actually play as a knight named after the poet who travels into the nine rings of Hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice. Jay Basu wrote the most recent draft of the script and Universal Pictures will distribute. Read More »
Briefly: Fede Alvarez made waves with the short Panic Attack, and this year got more attention with his new version of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead. We know that Alvarez could well make another Evil Dead movie, but now he and writing partner Rodo Sayagues have set up a secret sci-fi project at Media rights Capital.
Alvarez is attached to direct the film called Machina. We don’t know much more than that at this point.
While promoting the Evil Dead blu-ray release Alvarez referred to the project a couple times in general terms, calling it a sci-fi action piece that he was eager to write and shoot. That said, back when Panic Attack was a big deal (circa 2009) Alvarez made a deal with Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to do a sci-fi film. That didn’t happen — obviously he did Evil Dead instead — and at the time there was a plan to have another screenwriter script the sci-fi picture based on Alvarez’s idea. Could this be based on the same idea he’s wanted to develop for several years? [THR]