Unfortunately, none of us here at Backwoods Horror were available to attend the New York Comic Con this year, which is a damn shame because while I’ve been deriding it as a useless, unnecessary remake (which I still believe to be true), the teaser trailer for THE EVIL DEAD remake premiered and, amazingly, we’ve been hearing nothing but good things about it. Weird, right? But that’s the thing with trailers, they’re often so better than the movies themselves these days. Ok, ok, I know I should judge the film before seeing it, and I WILL see it because I’m such an EVIL DEAD mark, but given the track records of remakes recently, I’m not overly hopeful.
HOWEVER, as I said above, the teaser trailer premiered at the NYCC and people have been flipping out about it. Directed by Fede Alvarez and starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, Jessica Lucas, and Bruce Campbell, FilmDistrict’s reboot is aiming for release on April 12th, 2013. Also, be sure to check out the official website and facebook page.
Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and 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.
What the fuck is that? Is that Cheryl in the cellar? It looks like a deranged baby, but I’m looking at it out of context. See? See what I’m doing there? I’m keeping an open mind…ish. Here’s what a convention goer had to say about the panel and trailer.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
“The image on screen of Evil Dead, shows a Jane Levy crawling out of the infamous cellar door. She is undead, covered in cuts, yellowed eyes, and it looks horrifying.
Why did they decide to do a remake? Bruce Campbell explains: “These people want hot thespians covered in buckets in blood with a new director hand-picked by Sam Raimi himself. You need horror with blood flowing down the screen. You can be the judge, but we did not screw you over.” Fede adds: “I wanted to make a movie with horrible fear, the gore, the violence, that’s what we wanted in the new one. It’s hardcore horror, brutal violent, gory.”
Then the footage was shown!
“Starts with camera going into forest in the Sam Raimi POV style from the original. The group of friends uncover the cellar door, which is already smeared with blood. They open the book of the dead and it cuts again to the first person camera. He reads from the book and then everything goes crazy with quick shots. A voice over says “We’re all going to die tonight”. The dead rise from the ground, and they look amazing, wet, bloody, and scary. Cuts to a girl slicing her mouth open with a knife, then someone on fire screaming, and then to someone chopping off their arm with a chainsaw. There was a tease of Jane Levy being held by vines, slowly crawling up her legs. Cuts to a dead girl splitting her tongue in half with a rusty blade.
It honestly gave me chills because of how much promise it offers. One thing’s for sure, Fede Alvarez knows how to shoot horror.
It’s one of the best trailers I’ve seen in years.”
Note: Jane Levy left the stage because she was scared. Apparently all the character names, when put together, spell something out, according to Fede.