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Many fans have been on the fence about the upcoming remake of Evil Dead ever since it was announced. But if there’s anyone who should be able to convince you the flick is worth your time, it’s original The Evil Dead director Sam Raimi.
And Raimi is thrilled about the new take on his 1981 cult classic film. In a new interview with Collider, Raimi is claiming that this project will be much better than his own.
“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,” he said. “I always thought it could be done in a big screen movie type way that was really high quality with photographic effects. … In fact, [the remake] 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.”
Raimi went on to say the remake would be rated R or “maybe worse” due to the intense levels of gore.
“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,” he teased.
Meanwhile, Bruce Campbell has also been busy giving the film his stamp of approval. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, the man who portrayed Ash in the original movie says he has already seen the remake and calls it “fabulous.”
“We’re really excited and really behind it, [but] it’s going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it,” he said. “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.”
Campbell continued, “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.”
Directed by Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci and Elizabeth Blackmore. It follows a young girl named Mia (Levy) who is taken to a remote cabin by her brother (Fernandez) and his fiance (Blackmore) to help her deal with her sobriety issues. Mia’s best friend Olivia (Lucas) and another friend named Eric (Pucci) join them on the trip, but everything goes awry when they discover a Book of the Dead and unwittingly release demonic forces. Evil Dead is due in theaters on April 12.