I think I speak for most fans of Sam Raimi’s original “cabin in the woods” type horror film Evil Dead when I say news of a remake could not be embraced with open arms after watching many famous genre franchises be torn and tarnished by recent attempts at resurrection. Couldn’t they just leave Ash and his boomstick alone!?
Not only that, but the choice to bring in Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody to help script Fede Alvarez’s film was again one that didn’t inspire confidence, only leaving us with hesitant hope that producers Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi wouldn’t let their brainchild be banished to the basement for eternity.
Oh me oh my Deadites, aren’t we eating our words now? What does director Fede Alvarez honestly have in store for audiences when his Evil Dead remake hits theaters this Spring?
I’m still not 100% sure what to expect from Evil Dead, but Alvarez’s first red band teaser trailer instantaneously made his remake my most anticipated horror movie of 2013. He didn’t need to win me over anymore, he had me hooked. But wow, all I can say is that the brand new full-length red band trailer released today can only be described with one word – Groovy.
Today’s release is a relentless barrage of horror carnage and bodily fluids, really driving home the fact that Alvarez is in no way mucking around with this remake. Raimi’s original film is no joke in the gore department, but Alvarez surely looks like he’s going for quadruple the effect, and still with a much darker tone that is driven home by the first red band teaser. Honestly, I think we’re possibly looking at a beautiful re-imagining of Raimi’s goofier film, with a brand new sense of truly scare-tastic horror, which is exactly what a remake needs – something fresh.
I mean, in a mere matter of minutes we’re exposed to a bloody makeout session, more bodily mutilation, projectile spewing, more evil basement dwelling antics – and that’s only a small taste.
Horror fans, this is what we’ve been waiting for. That one film which puts all other recent remakes to shame, showing the mindless masses you can still be original even when re-creating someone else’s film. Either that, or we’re witnessing the greatest marketing campaign for a horror movie ever. Fingers crossed there will still be plenty of surprises left in Alvarez’s full film, not falling victim to the easy mistake of showing everything worth while in your trailer.
With that all said, I can only muster one thought – bring on the new Evil Dead right now.
What do you guys think, are you as enthusiastic as I am right now about what Fede Alvarez has created? Or am I buying into too much hype, surely to be let down by another poor remake attempt. Check out the trailer and let me know!
Be sure to catch Evil Dead when it’s released April 12th 2013, starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore.