Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
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.
I love some of the small stuff here that points back to and also tweaks Raimi’s original: the Olds 88, the washed-out road away from the cabin, and even the use of the tree. And unless this trailer represents the sum total of the gore in the final film, which I really doubt, this one might at least be able to satisfy those who want a major horror release to really spill loads of blood.
IGN has the trailer. The Evil Dead opens on April 12th 2013.
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.