'Evil Dead' Stars Talk Remake
Horror movie fans have come to terms with the fact that, save for the odd Insidious, Hollywood is only interested in remaking, rebooting and re-imagining scary movies. But when word of an Evil Dead remake broke, I wasn't alone in wanting to gouge the producers eyes out since the 1981 original is one of the few untouchables within the horror community.
But we were forced to reevaluate our feelings when Sam Raimi (writer, director of the original) came aboard as a producer and brought star Bruce Campbell with him. Then, last week it was revealed that Suburgatory's rising star Jane Levy was cast as our leading lady, and I officially had to acknowledge the fact that this was now a project I eagerly anticipated.
So I took my fan-ticipation straight to Jane, whose unbridled enthusiasm for the project was simply adorable! "I'm so excited," she cooed. "I'm a big fan of the original. To me it's the scariest movie, ever. But this one is really different. They've changed it a lot, but it's still a pretty gory movie. My mom probably can't see it."
As for the tone, Jane says, "I think the humor in the first one came from the special effects of the time. I don't know that they meant it to be funny ... this one is not funny. It's definitely dark."
I also happened to run into Bruce Campbell this week at USA's Characters Unite Storytelling Event where talk quickly turned to 2013's Evil Dead and what fans should look forward to. "You can expect to have a damn scary horror movie. There's no Ash character -- The Evil Book is going to torment a new set of kids, so it's a remake, or a re-imagining or ... a re-whatever word you want to use. It's going to be re-scary."
And while this version will focus on a whole new crop of characters, there will be references to the original littered throughout -- for example, the terrifying trees that did a number on Cheryl in 1981 come back for more. "They're not terribly well-behaved this time either," Bruce laughed.