Jane Levy Talks EVIL DEAD, the Appeal of the Film’s Violence, Dealing with the Film’s Intensity, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 278 days ago

evil dead remake

A couple weeks ago, Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Evil Dead premiered at SXSW to an ecstatic crowd (click here to read my review).  For those unfamiliar with the film, the story centers on five friends who go to a remote cabin in the woods, and stumble upon a demonic evil that begins possessing them one by one, which causes horrific scenes of gore and mutilation.  Jane Levy stars as Mia, who has gone to the cabin to detox with the help of her two friends, her estranged brother, and his new girlfriend.

I got the chance to interview Levy at SXSW, and we talked about her role, if she had studied people who were detoxing, the appeal of the gruesome violence, the intensity of the production, working with Alvarez, and much more.  We also talk about the film’s ending near the end of the interview, so I’ve put up a spoiler warning when we get to that part.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Evil Dead opens April 5th.

New Clip and WonderCon Trailer for EVIL DEAD

by     Posted 1 year, 281 days ago

evil dead remake

A new clip and trailer for director Fede Alvarez’s upcoming remake of Evil Dead have been released online.  The clip is incredibly brief as it’s mostly just a bloody set-up for a jump scare, but the WonderCon Announcement Trailer features a few bits of new footage.  The film premiered at SXSW last week to a mostly enthusiastic response, with our own Matt Goldberg calling it a “crowdpleaser” and a “gruesome feast” in his positive review.  Though some seemed to be put off by Alvarez’s “fan-service” approach with the pic, the critics who caught the film all agreed on one thing: Evil Dead is very, very, very violent.

Hit the jump to watch the new clip and WonderCon trailer.  The film stars Jane LevyShiloh FernandezElizabeth BlackmoreLou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas.  Evil Dead opens on April 5th.

Fede Alvarez Talks EVIL DEAD Sequel and Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD 4; Says EVIL DEAD 2 Will Be “100% Original”

by     Posted 1 year, 286 days ago


After last night’s ecstatic SXSW screening of Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Evil Dead, it was announced that a script is currently being written for the sequel.  Earlier today, I got to interview Alvarez, and near the end of our conversation, I brought up his plans for Evil Dead 2.  He says fans can expect that he’ll be in no way copying Raimi’s Evil Dead II, and this the new sequel will be “100% original”.  Also, since we’ve previously reported that Sam Raimi intends to start work on a script for Evil Dead 4, I asked Alvarez about his involvement with that film.

Hit the jump for what he had to say, and click here for my Evil Dead review.  The film opens on April 5th.

SXSW 2013: EVIL DEAD Review

by     Posted 1 year, 287 days ago


If your goal is to give the people exactly what they want, then you better give them the best you’ve got otherwise it’s obvious pandering.  Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Evil Dead does not pander.  It fiercely grabs the audience by the throat, and vomits as much blood and viscera as we can stomach it, and not everyone will be able to stomach what the horror flick has to offer.  Alvarez and cinematographer Aaron Morton set a creepy vibe, but their primary interest is in gleefully laying out the implements of destruction.  “We know what you came for,” the film says with a devilish smile.  And then it lets loose violence beyond all reason.  The fear eventually fades, the emotions recede into the background, but Evil Dead delivers on the bloody mayhem that needs far more than an MPAA rating.  It needs a warning label.

First TV Spot for EVIL DEAD

by     Posted 1 year, 291 days ago

evil dead remake

The first TV spot for director Fede Alvarez’s horror remake Evil Dead has been released online.  There’s not much new footage to be found, as the TV spot’s focus is on audience reactions to the film’s incredibly bloody red-band trailers.  Fans of Sam Raimi’s original film are likely already sold on at least checking out the redo—Raimi and Bruce Campbell were intricately involved as producers on the film—so this TV spot seems aimed squarely at young moviegoers who have no idea who Sam Raimi is but sure do like those jump scare movies like Paranormal Activity.  The pic is set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this weekend, so expect to hear first reactions soon.

Hit the jump to watch the TV spot.  The film stars Jane Levy, Shiloh FernandezElizabeth BlackmoreLou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas.  Evil Dead opens on April 5th.

New Images and Poster for EVIL DEAD

by     Posted 1 year, 299 days ago

evil dead remake

Hey, Evil Dead fans, we have some new promotional material for you.  FilmDistrict has released a new poster, a red variant of the first poster that promises the remake will be “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.”  There are also several new images, including a few behind-the-scenes photos.  Check it all out after the jump.

Jane Levy, Shiloh FernandezElizabeth BlackmoreLou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas star in Fede Alvarez‘s English language debut.  Evil Dead opens April 5.

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

by     Posted 1 year, 326 days ago


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.

Green Band Trailer for EVIL DEAD Remake

by     Posted 1 year, 334 days ago


The first green band trailer for director Fede Alvarez’s upcoming Evil Dead remake has been released online.  We’ve previously seen two red band trailers, but this clip gives us a look at some new, less blood-filled footage.  As we’re very much aware, the new Evil Dead is not holding back in the gore department so it’s interesting to see how much footage is “green band safe.”

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Steve’s set visit.  The film stars Jane Levy, Shiloh FernandezElizabeth BlackmoreLou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas.  Evil Dead opens on April 12th.

TOP 5: 2013 Oscar Nominations, EVIL DEAD Set Visit Coverage, GANGSTER SQUAD Interviews, SPRING BREAKERS, Christopher Nolan Eyes INTERSTELLAR

by     Posted 1 year, 342 days ago


What’s the best course of action should you ever find yourself a boring married person who’s hesitant to cash in “movie favors” due to the fear that your return favor will come in the form of the next four Katherine Heigl movies? Align yourself with like-minded boring married people and schedule yourself a significant-other-free triple feature. This advice comes directly from my own playbook and is the reason why this week’s Top 5 is arriving a little earlier than usual; so that I can make time to check out Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained all in one glorious day. While you likely didn’t come here for relationship advice, as an added bonus to an already robust palette of content, I’m confident that you’re getting your time’s worth and then some.

All creative thinking pertaining to movies and how we can watch them while in a relationship aside, this week saw the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations, a little Evil Dead remake set visit coverage, Gangster Squad interviews with Ruben Fleischer and more, a healthy portion of posters and images from Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and developing news regarding Christopher Nolan potentially taking on Interstellar as his next directorial effort. All of the above resides in brief recap and link form after the jump.

35 Things to Know About the EVIL DEAD Remake From Our Set Visit

by     Posted 1 year, 347 days ago


I’m standing in an old cabin.  Blood and bits of brain are everywhere.  It’s on the floors.  It’s caked on the walls.  It’s wherever your eyes happen to look.  And it’s awesome.  While I was nervous when Sony announced they were remaking the original Evil Dead, after spending the past two days on the set in Auckland, New Zealand, and talking with the filmmakers and cast, I’m extremely confident fans of the franchise and casual moviegoers are going to be really happy next year.  And it’s because of the blood and brains.  Unlike most movies that try to appeal to a wide audience by releasing a PG-13 movie, Sony is making a movie filled with blood and guts.  The Evil Dead remake is absolutely going to be rated R, and based on what we learned on set, they might have to cut some of the gore or they could get an NC-17.  It’s a refreshing change from when studios play it safe.

But let me back up a second.

It’s June 14, 2012 and I’m flying back to Los Angeles.  As I said, I spent the past few days on the set of director Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake that stars Shiloh Fernandez, Jane Levy, Elizabeth Blackmore, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas.  In the remake, a group of friends go to a remote cabin to help one of them recover from a recent heroin overdose, and that’s where they come across the Book of the Dead.  Hit the jump for more.

Director Fede Alvarez Talks Remaking a Classic, Using Gallons of Blood, References to the Original, Sam Raimi’s Involvement, & More On the Set of EVIL DEAD

by     Posted 1 year, 347 days ago


When rumors started to spread an Evil Dead remake was going to happen, I wondered what director would be brave/stupid enough to try and remake one of the classic horror movies of the past thirty years.  After all, it’s almost a no-win battle since every fan of the series is going to be nervous, and you’d basically have to hit a monster home-run to walk away unscathed.  But after spending two days in New Zealand on the set of the remake, and talking with the cast and filmmakers, I really think Fede Alvarez has done the impossible, and his Evil Dead is going to be great.

During a break in filming, I participated in an extended group interview with Alvarez.  We talked about what it was like to remake a classic, how he got involved, what kind of references there are to the original, how many gallons of blood they used, how Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and original producer Rob Tapert are very involved in the film, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

New Red Band Trailer for EVIL DEAD Starring Jane Levy

by     Posted 1 year, 351 days ago


Sony has released a new red band trailer for director Fede Alvarez’s remake of Evil Dead.  It is the most red band trailer I have ever seen.  It is messed up.  I can’t go anywhere near this movie when it opens on April 12, even though I like Jane Levy and this looks like a fun, wicked role for her.  But if you are the type of horror fan who can watch a girl lick the blade of a knife to slice a fork in her tongue, Evil Dead is for you.

Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore co-star.  Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have given the remake their blessing as producers.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

First Poster for EVIL DEAD Makes a Bold Promise

by     Posted 2 years, 29 days ago


The first poster for director Fede Alvarez’s remake of Evil Dead has been released, and it makes quite the statement.  It looks to be more of a teaser poster than a full theatrical one, but the most striking image on the one-sheet is the following text: “The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience.”  That’s one hell of a promise, but judging by the insane red band trailer I’m not exactly ready to write this off as an overconfident statement just yet.

Hit the jump to check out the poster along with a new image from the film, and click here to see what producer Bruce Campbell had to say about the redo.  The film stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth BlackmoreEvil Dead opens on April 12, 2013.

EVIL DEAD Releases First Images of the Book of the Dead/Necronomicon; CARRIE Kicks Off Viral Campaign with Disturbing Messages

by     Posted 2 years, 49 days ago


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. 

Incredibly Bloody First Red Band Trailer for EVIL DEAD Remake Starring Jane Levy

by     Posted 2 years, 56 days ago


The first trailer for director Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake has been released by way of a red band trailer, and boy is this thing bloody.  This clip seems aimed directly at fans of the original that are skeptical of the update, and the gore-factor displayed here in this trailer (along with the fact that Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Talbert are all highly-involved producers on the project) signal that we don’t really have anything to worry about.  The terrifying tone is on full display as we get glimpses of Alvarez’s disturbing versions of the Necronomicon, Deadites, and tree assault, with some tongue splicing and appendage removal thrown in for good measure.  While I was a bit wary about the redo at first, consider me all-in after this incredibly promising red band trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and be sure to read Matt’s recap from the film’s New York Comic-Con panel and check out Steve’s video interview with star Jane Levy.  The film also stars Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth BlackmoreEvil Dead opens on April 12th, 2013.

Click Here