Release Date: April 12
Director: Fede Alvarez
Rating: Not Yet Rated
The beloved film series which taught us the perils of messing with demonic books in remote cabins in the woods gets a serious update that amps-up the gore and violence to levels that could make the most hardened of horror fans flinch.
What We Know:
It's a classic story. Five young aesthetically-attractive friends decide to vacation together. For some reason, it seems that neither the beaches and bars of Key West nor the entertainment and nightlife of Las Vegas were optimal enough and they settle for the always popular "Creepy Cabin in the Woods Where The Malevolent Undead Are Said To Reside." (I think Anthony Bourdain did a special on it.)
After arriving at their super cool destination, the inevitable happens; possession, mutilation, murder, tree vines that mouth-rape people...you know, the usual tourist trap gimmicks.
Fans thinking that the Evil Dead name will bring some iteration of Bruce Campbell's iconic badass hero, Ash Williams will have to tone down those expectations. However, the Ash character will be present in spirit, as various nods to his deeds of testosterone-brimming butchery are well present.
The cast consists of Shiloh Fernandez, Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore.
What We Expect:
Divorcing this reboot from the slapstick humor and action movie elements of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, this film is clearly going back to the straight horror movie spirit of Sam Raimi's 1981 original film. As a result, it appears to be carving out its own identity in spite of that fact that it sports an iconic title and premise.
While we won't be seeing any hand-chainsaws, boomsticks, and "primitive screwheads," the film is still very much The Evil Dead story that we know. The demonic Book of the Dead remains the centerpiece of the plot and we're still treated to familiar imagery, including a chainsaw scene and a demonically-possessed woman peeking up from a fruit cellar door loosely held by chains. However, with no big names in the cast, the horrific violence itself appears to be the primary star of the film and it's gruesomely cranked those levels up to 11.
Up and coming Uraguayan director, Fede Alvarez was handpicked by Sam Raimi to helm this long-planned reboot. Purists may also be relieved to know that Raimi penned the script, collaborating with Diablo Cody and remained on board as producer. -- Rumors also still persist that Bruce Campbell (also a credited producer) might just make a cameo of some kind.
For more info on Evil Dead, check out its official site.
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