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.

‘JENNIFER’S BODY’–THE REVIEW!

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I’ve watched Jennifer’s Body about 4 times now.  Normally, that’d be a good thing, the movie being just so damn good, I had to watch it again and again, like, for instance, THE EVIL DEAD.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case here.  The more I saw, the more repulsed I became.  By the very end, I was a bitter, broken mess, driven half insane by what I can only describe as, a not-as-clever-as-it-wants-to-be-cluster-fuck-of-a-flick.  A shame, as I really was looking forward to a smartly-written, intelligent horror film.  I know that’s what the filmmakers, “including Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody,” tried to do, they just fell WAAAAAAAY short of the goal.

I’m going to go ahead and say it.  What Jennifer’s Body wanted to accomplish, Ginger Snaps already accomplished years ago.  The “teenage girl as monster” allegories were expertly handled in Ginger Snaps, while Jennifer’s Body shot and missed.  While GS set up the physical, mental, and social changes of a teen girl getting her period for the first time (though, I hear, thanks to growth hormones, kindergartners get ’em now) with the werewolf as metaphor, JB botched the job of the changing teen-girl-dynamic with the demonic possession metaphor.  I applaud the attempt, however, especially in regard to the allegorical view of two exceedingly different young girls, bound by friendship at a young age, who face the inevitable destruction of said friendship due to social status (and in this case, demonic possession as well).  That’s a decent set-up, but the movie just couldn’t pull it off.  Why?

Well, the direction was competent, so I’m not going to fault Karyn Kusama.  Unfortunately, directors are blamed for bad writing, bad acting, etc.  Of course, it IS the director’s job to make sure the actors are right for the parts and to make something workable from the script.  But then, there’s that expression, you can’t polish a turd.  I wasn’t a big fan of JUNO.  I mean, it was okay, but Oscar-Worthy?  Lowered standards seem to be a given with film these days.  At least it was somewhat competent, but I don’t think Diablo Cody really understands teenagers.  Given, I haven’t been a teenager for 8 years now, and I’ve already gone right into OLD MAN “Get Off My Lawn!” phase, skipping all others to the point where I LOATHE today’s teens, but I still doubt I have more of a false, skewed perspective than Diablo Cody.  It seems the woman writes her teenagers as caricatures of teens.  Perhaps she bases her teenagers off teen magazines, written, also, by 30-something year old women who should know better.  The dialogue was simply atrocious, pandering and ridiculous.  Cutesy phrases were made up for the sake of cleverness, but continually failed.   Awful writing can make or break a film, and, in this case, it was 60% responsible.

30% goes to terrible acting.  I mean, sure, the actors here only had so much to work with, but I’m certain Megan Fox can’t act anyway, and works only as a pretty face and, due to said face, name recognition.  Her saving grace in Transformers was that she only said about 3 words in the movie.  This time, she actually had to, you know, ACT!  Cardboard boxes have better acting chops.  Then there’s Amanda Seyfried.  She looked like she was quoting Shakespeare beside Fox, but that’s not saying much.  At least she was able to show real emotion and, I felt, had to carry the film upon a poorly written script.  Given more to work with, perhaps she could’ve done a better job, but as it was, there was simply no chemistry between her and Fox, nor her and her on-screen boyfriend who I could’ve sworn was in the “special-kids” class.

Now let us delve into the HORROR aspect of Jennifer’s Body.  There was a bit of gore (including a ridiculous scene where an herbivorous DEER was eating human intestinal tract), but nothing to write home about.  There were one or two jump scares, the most frightening thing in the movie being the repeated exposure to a fake Emo band’s fake Emo song (not to mention exposure to many other popular…I guess…Emo bands and THEIR songs).  Then, ok, and this may seem crass, but it’s a horror flick, dammit, no boobs.  None.  When you have a flick marketed to teens, with a trailer that begins with a naked chick in a lake, and you have nothing in the topless category, what the hell are you doing?  Do these people never even WATCH horror flicks?  Anything that would’ve made this an actual horror film went right out the window.  Gore alone won’t do it.  Saving Private Ryan had more gore in the first few minutes.

All in all, if you’re curious about the flick, go ahead an check it out and make up your own damn mind.  If you want my opinion (and why ELSE would you be here if you didn’t), stay away from Jennifer’s Body and go watch Ginger Snaps instead.

0 out of 5 skulls.

‘JENNIFER’S BODY’ COMING TO DVD & BLU-RAY DECEMBER 29th

For those of you who may have forgotten, here’s a brief synopsis for JENNIFER’S BODY:

Sexy temptress Megan Fox (Transformers) is hotter than hell as Jennifer, a gorgeous, seductive cheerleader who takes evil to a whole new level after she’s possessed by a sinister demon. Steamy action and gore galore ensue as the male student body succumbs to Jennifer’s insatiable appetite for human flesh. Now it’s up to her best friend (Amanda Seyfried; Mamma Mia!) to stop the demonic diva’s reign of terror before it’s too late!

JENNIFER’S BODY will be available on Blu-ray (BD) as a two-disc release featuring a
Digital Copy version of the extended cut for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S. /
$49.99 Canada and standard DVD for $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada.

Blu-Ray buyers will get full-on features while homely ‘ol folk like me who still only own DVD players seem to be getting the standard fare (perhaps there will be a special edition DVD at some point).  Check out this killer feature list:

Blu-ray (BD) Features:
Disc One

  • Theatrical Widescreen Feature Film

    • Audio Commentary with Director Karyn Kusama and Writer Diablo Cody
  • Extended Widescreen Version

    • Audio Commentary with Director Karyn Kusama
  • Deleted Scenes

    • Dead Boys
    • Jennifer Check Is Gross
    • Needy Confronts Jennifer
    • Who’s Cindy Crawford?
    • Needy Faces The Band
    • Ass, Gas or Grass…
  • Gag Reel
  • Jennifer’s Body: The Dead Pool
  • Video Diaries

    • Megan Fox and Johnny Simmons
    • Amanda Seyfried
    • Diablo Cody
    • Dan Dubiecki
  • Megan Fox Is HOT
  • Megan Fox “Peer Pressure” PSA
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents ‘Life After Film School’ With Writer Diablo Cody


Disc Two

  • Digital Copy of Jennifer’s Body (Extended Version)


Standard DVD Features:

  • Theatrical Widescreen Feature Film

    • Audio Commentary with Director Karyn Kusama and Writer Diablo Cody
  • Extended Widescreen Version

    • Audio Commentary with Director Karyn Kusama

Check out the cover art featuring the demonically hawt Megan Fox:

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Jennifer's Body On DVD and Blu-Ray December 29th, 2009

And Last, but not least, a Trailer to keep you warm till the Blu-Ray/DVD drops Dec. 29, 2009!

WATCH A CLIP FROM ‘JENNIFER’S BODY’

Check out this clip from the upcoming Megan Fox/Diablo Cody vehicle JENNIFER’S BODY!

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO FROM ‘JENNIFER’S BODY’

If you head on over to YAHOO MOVIES, they’ve put up a behind-the-scenes vid from the upcoming JENNIFER’S BODY.  Click the link above to check it out!

‘JENNIFER’S BODY’ RED BAND TRAILER HITS WEB

The R-Rated trailer for the upcoming JENNIFER’S BODY hit the intarwebz today.  Check it out (thanks to Bloody-Disgusitng):

I’m going to go ahead and call SHENNANIGANS on this flick.  I think it’s going to suck ass.

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