EVIL DEAD Remake Received an NC-17 from the MPAA on First Submission

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We all pretty much saw this coming as soon as the first red-band trailer for the film was unveiled, but director Fede Alvarez recently revealed that his remake of Evil Dead received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA when it was first submitted for consideration.  We’ve since seen two red-band trailers for the redo, and they’re both filled with wall-to-wall blood and disturbing imagery.  The poster even boasts the tagline, “The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience,” so it’s clear that Alvarez and Co. are swinging for the fences.

The director noted that they indeed made some cuts to secure an R-rating, but I imagine we’ll get to see the full unrated cut when the film hits Blu-ray and DVD.  Hit the jump to read Alvarez’s full statement and to revisit the red-band trailers.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, check out 35 things to know and Steve’s extended interview with AlvarezEvil Dead opens on April 12th.

Here’s the official 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.

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  • Nomis1700

    Horrors should be NC-17 >:)

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  • MD

    I wish that America would stop the insane belief that a film which restricts viewing to adults only is somehow bad… it blows my mind. Films like this SHOULD be for adults only – therefore get an ADULT rating. Why make a few cuts so that 14 year olds can come in…? In Europe there is no stigma for a movie being 18 rated.

    • Convoy

      You got it all wrong. Americans don’t have the insane belief that a film which restricts viewing to adults -only is somehow bad. First thing, a NC-17 movie isn’t going to get any promotion. If they did, they would make money. The theaters don’t want to show them because you’ll have those few parents who will bitch if their kid somehow saw the movie. Which will only happen is they sneak in because my mother, even though she purchased the tickets, had to be tracked down in the parking lot, and had to sit and watch 300 with my brother and his friend. Another thing, unless they cut it to shreds, there is no way it can be cut so 14 year old can come in. And when a movie is cut for 14 year old, it’s isn’t to placate to someone, it’s usually because the studio wants to make back as much money as possible, and that means getting at the pockets of 14 year olds who want to feel independent going to the movies alone.

  • agent_black

    Fucking cop out. Adult films are rated 18 in the UK anyway so what the fuck is wrong with the rating system stateside? The US ‘R’ rating is the equivalent of a 15 over here and that means they had to make cuts and concessions because only the hard films make 18 here and there’s no stigma, people still watch an 18 as long as it’s a good movie.

    I was really looking forward to this but if Evil Dead is an R rated film,the previous ‘banned video nasty’ remake, unless they have gone hardcore on atmosphere and genuine creepiness, this could really put a lot of people off.

    You never know though, Woman In Black had an edge to it and that was only a 12… but ffs, i had really low/no expectations form that… expectations are high for this.

    • Jacob

      Uh, I don’t know if you know…but an NC-17 rating is a guaranteed limited to no theatrical release and huge box office decrease. They want people to see the movie and they want to make money…

      • MD

        NC-17 is guaranteed box office poison because retarded Americans think that there shouldn’t be any movies released which a 14 year old cant watch. Period. There is no reason why a film should have to be cut to shreds to fit into the R rating. Grow a pair of balls and stop wetting your panties when a film MADE FOR ADULTS gets an ADULT RATING.

        Nut-up America

  • agent_black

    Fecking cop out.

    WE’RE THE BADDASS GORY FILM!!! WOOOOO!!! what’s that? cut it? erm… ok.

    Adult films are rated 18 in the UK anyway so what the feck is wrong with the rating system stateside? The US ‘R’ rating is the equivalent of a 15 over here and that means they had to make cuts and concessions because only the hard films make 18 here and there’s no stigma, people still watch an 18 as long as it’s a good movie.

    I was really looking forward to this but if Evil Dead is an R rated film, the remake of previous ‘banned video nasty’ remake, unless they have gone hardcore on atmosphere and genuine creepiness, this could really put a lot of people off.

    Shame, seeing as they really turned a lot of heads with the trailers and promises…

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    *yeah, double post.

    Anyone else get that ‘Invalid security Code’ bollocks when you’ve blatantly typed the CORRECT code?

    A bit irritating…

  • John

    Wow these comments are hilarious. Do you really think a major studio is going to release a big horror movie with an NC-17 rating? The rating would kill its theatrical business. Most major theater chains refuse to show NC-17 films. And if they do they’re usually only in NY/LA. See examples like Shame and Killer Joe for recent examples. The theatrical will be R and when it comes out on dvd/blu-ray it’ll be unrated. Like every movie these days.

  • yurine

    I hope watering it down doesn’t detract from the experience.

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  • Dan

    I remember when NC-17 films actually existed. I can’t stand when they make a sick trailer only to cut everything your looking to see out. Movies like Paranormal Activity even cut out so many promising clips and it makes you wish you didn’t waste your money. I hate nothing more than going to a movie such as this to sit with a crowd of teen pricks that screw around throughout the movie and take pictures with their phones in the pitch black. Keep em out atleast for 2 weeks then if you want to release the green band fine.

    My expectations dropped horribly

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  • Anonymous

    Stop crying you little bitches. Don’t wanna see it slightly edited? THEN DONT GO TO MOVIES WAIT FOR DVD.itll still be good and if they didnt tell you it was slightly edited you probably wouldnt know…but NOBODY can top the original, none of these actors will be able to carry the trilogy (soon quadriligy) that Bruce does.

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