Honestly, had you asked me a few years ago if I’d be excited about an Evil Dead reboot I’d have scoffed in your face. How could the remake of this cult classic be any good? Especially without Sam Raimi behind the camera or Bruce Campbell in front!?
I felt more confident this wouldn’t be a giant pile of stinking shit once Fede Alvarez was attached to direct. I think his relative newcomer status as well as familiarity with low-budget restraints make him an excellent match for an Evil Dead remake. The Dead films were very low-budget and if you start throwing tons of cash at the franchise, you’d kill it.
Today it was announced Jane Levy, star of ABC’s sitcom Suburgatory, would take over the female lead from Lily Collins. Another unknown, what a smart move. The less we know about the stars I think the more we’ll relate when they’re suffering at the hands of unknown demonic horrors.
Plus, she’s cute. Every horror flick needs a cute chick to either be the lone survivor, or die in some gruesomely unexpected fashion.
In addition to this bit of casting news we have our first look at the film in this newly released set pic. It’s the road to hell which leads the five friends to that damned cabin in the woods.
Evil Dead deals with five twenty-something friends who 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 do you think about this reboot of Evil Dead? Are you excited or face-palming at the fact Raimi agreed to produce? It’s been confirmed Campbell will have a cameo, so it’ll be worth it to at least catch that.
Evil Dead is set to open April 12th, 2013.