VIDEO: SAM RAIMI TALKS EVIL DEAD REMAKE

From: Bloody Disgusting

Director Fede Alvarez is currently wrapping up photography on EVIL DEAD remake, FilmDistrict and Ghost House Pictures’ remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-hit horror classic, now filming in Auckland, New Zealand. The film was written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues (with a polish by Diablo Cody) is produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man); Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Bruce Campbell who played the popular Ash character in the original trilogy.

Now Raimi confirms what we’ve more or less been suspecting, that the character of Ash will not be in the remake. He told MTV, “No, that character’s not in this movie“. He also said that the new one is “gut-wrenching, scary and intense“. This all fits nicely with what I’m expecting from the movie so far. From what I’ve heard, this thing is intense and gory and stays true to the spirit of the original without copying its exact story. In other words, I’m expecting it to do what remakes are (at their best) supposed to do.

A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie.

SYNOPSIS:

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.

Soooooo, what do I think about all this? I think that it sounds like they’re making a completely different movie than THE EVIL DEAD and it shouldn’t be called a remake at all. THE main character ASH isn’t even going to be in it and it doesn’t even follow the same story. What does this mean? It means they’ve made a completely different movie with elements similar to THE EVIL DEAD, making it a rip-off, not a remake, and to make matters worse, Diablo Cody (who has about the same writing talent as Stephanie Meyer) had a hand in the script. So, unlike other sites it would seem, while I think this may very well be an OK horror film, it shouldn’t have the name THE EVIL DEAD attached to it in any way. It should just be it’s own thing instead of marring the name of one of the greatest films of all time.

3 DISC ARMY OF DARKNESS NECRONOMICON EDITION COMING SOON

If you’re anything like me, when the original BOOK OF THE DEAD editions of THE EVIL DEAD, and EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN hit shelves, you were first in line to rush out and add them to your collection, giving them their own particular place amongst your shelf as the works of art they are. And then we waited for what we believed to be the next in the series with ARMY OF DARKNESS, but it never came. For years we’ve waited, our hopes and dreams waning as the years went on. Finally, however, the wait is over. Australian distribution company Via Vision is pleased to announce the release of Sam Raimi’s ARMY OF DARKNESS: THE NECRONOMICON EDITION for $49.95 (totally worth it) as a triple-disc DVD and Blu-Ray set on June 6th, 2012. And yes, boils ‘n ghouls, I’m crapping myself with anticipation.

For more information about perhaps the most fantastically awesome news I’ve heard all year, we turn to Australian source Michael DVD:

The boxed set that boasts the third and final instalment of the much beloved Evil Dead film cycle, Army
of Darkness: The Necronomicon contains both versions of Army of Darkness (Theatrical and irector’s Cut), a litany of special features and comes packaged in a one-off deluxe presentation. In addition to the high definition original theatrical release offered on Blu-ray this volume also includes DVD versions of the theatrical and director’s cut, 12 hand drawn pages from the Book of the Dead and extras all housed in a collectable rubber Necronomicon pack. Bonus materials are many and include original drawings, documentary, ‘Creating the Deadites’, which explores the creation of the ground breaking visual effects, alternate ending, deleted scenes and audio commentary with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell who also provide comments and recollections for the director’s cut and deleted scenes.

“This is a great event with which Via Vision is naturally excited to be associated with,” says Nick
Wayman, Via Vision Entertainment Executive. “The release is packed with materials that make this a
must have for fans who love the Evil Dead trilogy, action and horror buffs and collectors of modern
film classics.” Via Vision will be releasing Army of Darkness: The Necronomicon through its distributor Madman Entertainment, and it will be available at retailers everywhere. 

This is going right at the TOP of my WANT IT NOW list! Be sure to check back here at Backwoods Horror as more information and specifications develop on this incredible release. Wow!