Look: I don’t know if remaking Evil Dead is a good idea, but I can’t deny that I got a certain thrill in seeing the above image recreated for the new film. Evil Dead is my favorite trilogy of all time, Evil Dead II (which is essentially a remake of Evil Dead) is my favorite horror film of all time, and while my knee jerk reaction would be to kill it with fire, I am nevertheless cautiously optimistic. Honestly, I’ll take more Evil Dead anyway I can get it, and the fact that Bruce Campbell is exec producing the remake gives it some credibility.
I haven’t seen the film’s first trailer, which unspooled this weekend at the NY Comic Con, but Drew Taylor over on The Playlist list did, and he writes that it was very well received:
It was an explicitly red band trailer and the attendees in the auditorium were losing their shit. While the moments flashed by, we caught the following: possession; demons; someone chainsawing off his arm or possibly another character’s arm; the return of the rapist trees (this time with extra grope-y vine action); and a character’s graphic self mutilation, which involved them splitting their tongue down the middle with what appeared to be a rusty pair of scissors … People were shrieking, screaming, laughing, and generally going ape. From the brief assembly of footage it looked like Alvarez and his confederates had gleefully captured the demonic spirit of the original and funneled it into something new and altogether more extreme.
I expect that trailer will be along any day now on the Internet. We’ll post it as soon as it’s available.
The remake is being directed by Fede Alvarez, stars Jane Levy (from “Suburgatory”) and the screenplay was re-written by Diablo Cody, which reminds me that I rewrote 10 Signature Evil Dead lines as I imagine they will be re-written by Diablo Cody.
Here’s an encore presentation of those lines:
Cody’s Change: This is my IStick. The Big Gulp of murder weapons. I will cram it up your spout and splatter your menses all over the back wall. Forshizzle.
Cody’s Change: Kiss me or kill me, homeskillet? Pick a flavor and chew.
Cody’s Change: Then let’s head on down into that cellar and cut that bitch like a Chinese chick on an ugly cuticle.
Cody’s Change:Pass Me an Eggo, Skippy.
Cody’s Change: I will rip you open like a frat boy on a Sweet Valley High virgin.
Cody’s Change: Yo Monistat! Let’s tumble.
Cody’s Change: Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the souped-up Red Ryder BB-Gun and it’s aimed right at your eye, Ralphie.
Cody’s Change: I’m kinda the shit.
Cody’s Change: Lady, go play Hello Titty with the homeless guy out in the parking lot.
Cody’s Change: Groovy.
(Image Source: The Playlist)