The early buzz on The Evil Dead remake is good. Of course, that early buzz is coming from Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi, who were not only involved with the original film, but are also producers on the remake. So Raimi, who unlike many original creators is involved in the remake his film, is talking about his expectations, and fans, for the film.
So Sam, it’s going to be rated-R, right?
“Definitely R. Maybe worse. […] It’s really bloody. It’s so bloody, it will make your head spin. I’ve seen almost all the dailies and they’re really going for it. It’s gonna be grisly and intense and non-stop.”
Sure, okay. But in the unlikely event that the MPAA doesn’t get behind an NC-17 rated version of a mainstream Hollywood horror movie remake, is the movie going to be any good?
“Well, I always thought that ‘Evil Dead’ was a little campfire story that you tell at a camp to kids to scare them at night. But, I don’t think anybody thought it was a beautifully produced, theatrical experience. It was shot in 16mm, all the effects were done for a quarter, and I always thought it could be done in a big screen movie type way that was really high quality with photographic effects. It could still be just as gritty, but it could be done in stereo and not just mono, and it could be done in 35mm versus 16mm. There were a lot of ways to improve it. There could be much better writing than I was capable of, at the time, as an 18-year-old kid writing that screenplay. And honestly, the directing could be a lot better, and the characterizations could be better. I was very happy with it, but it was something that was crudely done and I thought deserved re-exploration. I thought it would be fun and, in fact, it has turned out to be a tremendous amount of fun because it’s like an old melody that you write and you’ve brought in this really great, cool, young, hip jazz musician, and he’s riffing on it and showing you places it could go that you never dreamed. It’s very exciting for me.”
“The nice thing is the [remake] looks beautiful. The effects are ten times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though granted Sam Raimi is a mad genius, so we got a crazy result like ‘Evil Dead’ out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing.”
Of course, the reason why The Evil Dead works as well as it does is because it’s so low budget. The below picture is from the set of the remake, and from the looks of it, it’s really too posh looking to be an Evil Dead set. And considering it’s just woods, that’s really saying something.
I guess we’ll find out April 12th, 2013.
Source: Screen Rant