After years of rumor and speculation, after countless teases, it looks like there may actually may possibly be, but not officially, so maybe maybe not an Evil Dead remake. Bruce Campbell said as much on Twitter (although, he’s said as much many, many times in the past), but this time, there’s an actual director attached. His name is not Sam Raimi. I guess it would be weird for Raimi to remake his own film, but for me, it’s weird that Evil Dead would be remade at all. But that’s because Evil Dead 2 is my holy grail of films. The Evil Dead trilogy, which I once called the greatest trilogy of all time, is my Star Wars. It’s the reason I started loving movies. It’s the reason I loved horror films even after the likes of James Wan and Eli Roth took center stage.
It’s also the reason that God invented Bruce Campbell.
A remake simply doesn’t make sense even if it’s written by Raimi’s brother, Ivan, as the rumors suggests. It was never the writing that made Evil Dead (and especially Evil Dead 2) so fabulous. It was Sam Raimi’s directing. It was Bruce Campbell. It was the story behind the production. The Coen Brothers tenuous association. It was the slow rise to cult status. There is more to Evil Dead than just the movies. It’s an aura. And it’s something that cannot be duplicated. You can remake the film, but you can’t remake the magic of Evil Dead, of the horror of a woman being raped by a tree in the first movie, of the fist-pumping power of Ashley J. Williams’ delivery of, “Gimme Some Sugar, Baby” in the second one. You simply can’t recapture that.
But a man named Federico Alvarez is apparently going to give it a shot. He’s on board to direct, having signed with Raimi’s production company after his short film, Panic Attack!, became a sensation back in 2009. Good luck and Godspeed to the guy, and I appreciate that he has Sam Raimi’s backing, but I find the idea of an Evil Dead reboot kind of repulsive.