The subject of the upcoming Evil Dead remake is one that has sparked mixed opinions among fans of the cultish original.  Without the amazing Ash (AKA Bruce Campbell) to take up the chainsaw and battle the forces of darkness, many wonder whether the new flick will be worth watching at all.  Add to that a rather unimpressive track records for reboots in general and there’s no way to know if you should give the theater your $10 to see this one.  Unless, of course, you listen to the opinion of Ash himself, who says that the movie is “fabulous.”

In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Bruce Campbell put in his two cents on the finished product.

Talking about the differences that fans should expect from the original version:

There’s none of the original characters… It’s basically five new kids who are going to have a really bad night with a brand new director – Fede Alvarez, who was handpicked by Sam Raimi. I’ve seen it already; I think it’s definitely fabulous.

How he thinks those die-hard fans might react to the new flick:

We’re really excited and really behind it, [but] it’s going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we’ve pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn’t screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie.
You don’t want to remake something shot-for-shot. I can’t believe they remade Psycho – what the hell kind of a waste of celluloid is that? It’s a creative medium.
The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 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.

Whether he might show up briefly in the film:

I’m not at liberty to discuss that.

And whether he thinks he’d take another shot at playing Ash if the opportunity arose:

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know if I could – the last one was 1991. I was a virile young man; I’m 54 years old now so I’m not sure 54-year-old guys need to be doing that s**t anymore.
But if Sam wants to lace the boots back on and do something that makes sense, that’s fine. We may need to do the movie one day, if our careers fly off the tracks and we crash and burn, we might look at each other and go ‘Let’s make an Evil Dead movie’!
We haven’t thought of it because Sam has launched himself into the stratosphere of Hollywood and I’m keeping extremely busy myself. Things like that don’t come up because we have pretty active day jobs.

So there you have it.  The new Evil Dead has the official Bruce Campbell “Seal of Approval.”  That’s good enough for me, so I’ll be shelling out my own $10.  What about our fair Nerdreaders?  Does the voice of Campbell compel you, or do you think he’s just making the obligatory promotional speech?

Expect the new movie to be on the big screen come April 12th, 2013.


Thanks to geektyrant for the heads-up.

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