When you watched Evil Dead II, did you feel pain when Bruce Campbell cut off his own hand, not because of any empathy for the horror, but because Sam Raimi didn’t show the chainsaw actually hitting flesh? If so, then stop reading and order a ticket to Evil Dead, because Fede Alvarez‘s remake is the movie for you. Drenched in gore, the movie doesn’t ever flinch away from violence.

Raimi’s original The Evil Dead was calculated to appeal to drive-in audiences, but his irrepressible personality shone through the exploitation effort. With star Bruce Campbell and producer Robert Tapert, he produced a blend of horror and physical comedy — splatstick, working from an underlying principle that proclaimed “the gore, the merrier!” — that had obvious roots in Three Stooges and Buster Keaton comedies. Raimi, Campbell, and Tapert set out to make the screen run red with blood, but ended up creating something more unique than another horror quickie.

All of which is preamble to set up the fact that Fede Alvarez’s skill with effects shines in his own Evil Dead. But look away from the gore and you’ll see a confused movie that lurches in different directions from one step to the next. It barely establishes a personality of its own beyond the brutal gore.  Appropriately for a film that traffics in bodily dismemberment, Evil Dead ’13 is less than the sum of its parts. Read More »

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Remakes of decades-old films are a common sight at the multiplex these days, but even by those standards Identity Films and Flat Penny Films are reaching pretty far back. The two companies have just acquired the rights to Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play State of the Union, which was adapted into a movie by Frank Capra in 1948.

That picture starred Spencer Tracy as a presidential candidate backed by a newspaper magnate, played by Angela Lansbury. Katharine Hepburn portrayed Tracy’s estranged wife. While State of the Union isn’t really considered a career highlight for any of them, they still leave some big shoes for the new cast to fill. [Variety]

After the jump, things take a turn for the spooky with new Carrie and Evil Dead images.

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Vomiting blood, severed limbs, slicing tongues, everything we’ve seen from Fede Alvarez‘s remake of Evil Dead has been gory enough to make some people queasy. After watching the red band trailer, many questioned how a film with that apparent level of intense violence could get an R-rating. Turns out, they were right to ask. Alvarez took to Twitter to reveal he has submitted his first cut of the film to the MPAA, and that it got an NC-17 rating.

That rating forced him to go in and recut down to an R before the film’s April 12th release. Read More »

An especially heart-pounding edition of Remake Bits features updates on Evil Dead, Godzilla, Robocop, and more. After the jump:

  • Frank Darabont talks about the Godzilla reboot
  • Jason Blum is remaking The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • Listen to ten minutes of the Evil Dead score
  • New pics show the Robocop prototype

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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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The red-band trailer for Fede Alvarez‘s remake of Sam Raimi‘s Evil Dead is now online and it’s the kind of movie that should only have a red band trailer. Fans will be delighted to see the gore that made the 1981 original a classic look like a Disney film. This new version, which is produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, opens April 12. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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 »

At the recent New York Comic Con audiences reportedly went crazy for the first footage from Fede Alvarez‘s remake of Sam Raimi‘s classic horror debut The Evil Dead. Now you can get an idea of what they were so excited about, as the red-band reaser trailer is online in official form. It’s a bloody, splattery thing complete with graphic tongue cutting and sexual assault by a tree.

The original film was billed as “the ultimate experience in grueling horror”, and this footage suggests the remake is angling to compete in that arena. The overall aesthetic seems to put this close to some of the Platinum Dunes horror remakes in the visual department, but the intensity here is way beyond anything Dunes has achieved.

Gorehounds, don’t be put off by the relatively gentle header image. (And real Raimi fans should know why that’s a great shot, anyway.) There’s plenty of nastiness in the actual trailer, below.

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