In keeping with the Halloween spirit, two current horror classic remakes have used the holiday as an opportunity to do a bit of marketing. First up, Fede Alvarez’s reboot of Evil Dead has released the first images of the Necronomicon, or Book of the Dead. In Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic, the book was discovered by the friends staying in the cabin and who inadvertently unleashed evil spirits. This new version isn’t the one that fans are familiar with, possibly due to copyright issues…or perhaps there’s a surprise in store for us once the movie hits. Evil Dead, starring Jane Levy (Fun Size), opens April 12th, 2013.
In other horror remake news, Kimberly Peirce’s reboot of Carrie has kicked off their viral marketing campaign with a series of disturbing messages that fans can access over the phone. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, Carrie opens March 15th, 2013. Hit the jump to see the Evil Dead images and how you can access the Carrie messages.
Here’s the synopsis for Evil Dead:
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Carrie also used social media to get their message out today via their Twitter account:
Margaret never allowed Carrie to Trick or Treat on Halloween. Maybe she’s at home now? Call her to see… pic.twitter.com/qedJJ0vk
I won’t ruin the surprise for you, except to say that you can sign up for future messages (if you are so inclined) after clicking on that link. Check out the fantastic teaser trailer for Carrie here, followed by the synopsis and poster below.
Here’s the synopsis for Carrie:
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.