EVIL DEAD TV Show Ordered By Starz; Bruce Campbell Will Star, Sam Raimi Will Direct

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The Evil Dead TV show is officially a reality.  We learned a few months ago that Sam Raimi was writing a version of Evil Dead for television, and Starz announced today that it has indeed ordered a TV iteration of the classic horror franchise straight-to-series for a debut in 2015.  Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash in the show, titled Ash Vs. Evil Dead, as the story finds the character having spent “the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead.”  He’s essentially forced out of retirement when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind.  More after the jump.

EVIL DEAD TV Show Planned; Sam Raimi Writing and Bruce Campbell Will Be Involved

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An interesting piece of news that came out at the panel for The Last of Us today was that Sam Raimi is currently writing and Evil Dead TV show.  Which is bizarre to me, but no more bizarre than the tortured development history of Army of Darkness 2.  Where does this leave that film?  And what does this mean for Evil Dead 2 (the apparently-still-gestating sequel to Fede Alvarez’s remake)?  We have no idea because Raimi didn’t mention anything in regard to those projects.  He barely mentioned anything in regard to this project except for the fact that he’s co-writing it with his brother Ivan Raimi and that Bruce Campbell will be involved.

Hit the jump for more on the potential Evil Dead TV show.

Fede Alvarez Still Attached to EVIL DEAD 2; Says the Priority Is ARMY OF DARKNESS 2

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Yesterday, we reported that, according to Evil Dead writer Rodo Sayagues, he and director/co-writer Fede Alvarez would not return for Evil Dead 2, and had been off the project for months.  Alvarez took to Twitter to explain that people shouldn’t believe everything they read on the Internet, and also told Bloody Disgusting that this was a matter of an interview getting lost in translation.  “Rodo meant we’re not actually making Evil Dead 2 right now because the priority is Sam [Raimi's] Army of Darkness 2,” says Alvarez.  “But the plan of making a sequel to our Evil Dead is very much alive.”

This is still a tad confusing.  It does provide further confirmation that Army of Darkness 2 is really in development, but it’s worth noting that Alvarez’ remake and Raimi’s previous series are completely separate.  It’s possible that Sayagues and Alavarez are working as producers and/or writers on Army of Darkness 2, which could be neat.

EVIL DEAD Director Fede Alvarez and Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues Won’t Return for Sequel; Updates on MACHINA and DANTE’S INFERNO

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Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Sam Raimi‘s Evil Dead was a modest hit, and gory beyond all reason.  Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues were tapped to develop a sequel, but now Sayagues says they’re off the project.  At Comic-Con, the sequel sounded like it had already stalled with Alvarez telling STYD, “When there’s a story to be told, that’s when the sequel is good … We’re just trying to figure out what story we want to tell,” but it turns out they didn’t have much of a story at all.  In a recent interview, Sayagues says they left the project months ago.

Hit the jump for more including the status of Alvarez’ other films, Machina and the adaptation of the video game Dante’s Inferno.

EVIL DEAD Blu-ray Review

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The best compliment that you can pay the new Evil Dead is that we don’t want to destroy it for the audacity of using the name.  It captures the same spirit as Sam Raimi‘s legendary original: that queasy mix of horror and humor that turned it and its sequels into genre masterpieces.  This new version also doesn’t make the mistake of trying to “update” the scenario for a new millennium.  With the exception of a few fashion choices and the odd bit of tech, this story could be set in the exact same era that the first one was.  It even finds a sly way to slip series stalwart Bruce Campbell in there without overshadowing the proceedings.  That’s no mean feat in these days of half-assed remakes, and the filmmakers deserve a big round of applause for it.  Hit the jump for my full review.

Fede Alvarez, John Murdy and Michael Aeillio Talk Bringing EVIL DEAD to Life for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

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With the Blu-ray fresh on shelves, the folks behind Evil Dead have another trick up their sleeve – the film is being turned into a maze for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in both Hollywood and Orlando.  And from the sound of things, the team behind creating the mazes isn’t pulling any punches.  Fans can look forward to walking through a live, interactive version of the film that brings to life all the favorite scares and promises never to hold back on the gore.

I recently got on the phone with a few other journalists to chat with Fede Alvarez, director of Evil DeadJohn Murdy, creative director of Halloween Horror Nights for the Hollywood park, and Michael Aeillio who handles Entertainment for the Orlando park.  They talked about the challenges of bringing Evil Dead to life, what makes a property perfect for a maze, the difficulty of translating a film for a live audience, what makes the Evil Dead maze unique, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for a breakdown of what to expect from the maze and what creative team had to say.

Fede Alvarez Talks EVIL DEAD, His Vision for the Sequel, His Favorite Features on the Blu-Ray, the Remakes that Inspired Him, and More

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Evil Dead is undeniably one of the big horror success stories of the year.  When the announcement dropped that Sam Raimi’s 1980 horror classic was being given the remake treatment the fan reaction was uncharitable, to put it delicately.  But the film moved forward with the support and influence of the original production team, including Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert.  And when Evil Dead premiered on the festival circuit, positive reviews poured out with each screening.  After opening in theaters the film became a box office success, grossing 100 million worldwide, and it’s looking to raise hell again this week on Blu-ray.

In honor of the Blu-ray release I hopped on the phone for an interview with director Fede Alvarez.  He talked about the journey up to this point, why fans reacted positively to the film, the remakes that inspired him, and the Evil Dead sequel he wants to make.  He also talked about his favorite features on the Blu-ray, why there’s no director’s cut, and what he’s working on next.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

THE COLLISION: Episode 42 – Violence and EVIL DEAD

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This week on The Collision, we talk about violence: its appeal, its execution, its affect, and its acceptance. This all ties in with the release of Fede Alvarez‘ gruesome remake of Evil Dead. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Film Criticism and Room 237), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Shiloh Fernandez Talk EVIL DEAD, Working Under Heavy Prosthetics, the Bloody Violence, and More

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The cast of Evil Dead, remake to Sam Raimi’s original kids-go-to-a-cabin, kids-get-massacred-by-evil-demons classic, are certainly put through the ringer in this new updated version. The three interviewees of this article are forced to endure a bevy of indignities: nail-gun wounds, a really sharp needle, shards of glass, the top of a bathroom toilet, bloody vomit, etc.… And yet to hear the threesome talk about it  –the experience shooting the picture was the time of their life. There’s a loose rapport between the trio that’s impossible to fake – and that camaraderie certainly extends to the film itself. There’s a real sense of shared friendship between their characters – which makes the inevitable demons massacring them all the more tragic.

At the film’s press day, co-stars Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas discussed creating such bonds in a relatively short amount of time, working under heavy prosthetics and the rehearsal process for the film. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Jane Levy and Director Fede Alvarez Talk EVIL DEAD, Crafting the Prosthetic Gore Sequences, the Tone, Recreating Moments from the Original, and More

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Blood flows freely; limbs tear from torso; glass, nails, needles puncture young flesh. Evil Dead, Fede Alvarez’s remake of the Sam Raimi classic, more than lives up to its predecessor’s quota for gore. There’s a new charm to this flick. Gone is the original’s shaggy, dirty, almost dangerous feel. This new entry is slicker, more composed, somehow safer. It’s strange to describe a film where a girl cuts off her own arm as ‘feel good’ – but the violence is so pronounced, so gruesome it transcends horror into something akin to catharsis. The story is ostensibly the same: a group of twentysomethings (here played by Shiloh Fernandez, Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore) take refuge in a cabin, only to accidentally unleash the malicious possessing demons in the surrounding woods. One by one, they are possessed and mutilated. It’s a simple yet perfect setup – and the film makes ample use of finding new and increasingly unseemly ways to off these poor kids. As the body count rises and literal buckets of blood rain onto the remnant survivors, it’s impossible not to smile at the sheer audacity of grue on display.

At the film’s press day, director Fede Alvarez and star Jane Levy discussed the process of  creating a prosthetic/gory moment, recreating moments from the original film and what tone a hypothetical sequel would take. For the full interview, hit the jump.


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[This is a re-post of my review from SXSW 2013.  Evil Dead opens today.]

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.

WonderCon: Bruce Campbell Talks EVIL DEAD, Premiering at SXSW, His Planned Involvement in the Sequel, ARMY OF DARKNESS 2, and Upcoming Projects

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What is there to say about Bruce Campbell?  For horror fans the world over Campbell transcends “actor” status and lands firmly in the category of “icon”. Today I was lucky enough to fulfill a lifelong dream and interview the man, the myth, the legend; the chin himself. Needless to say, it was awesome. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead is a classic of the genre and when the remake was first announced the general reaction was skeptical, to put it kindly, so when the film premiered at SXSW earlier this month fans breathed a collective sigh of relief as positive reports poured out of Austin.

Shortly before the Evil Dead panel at WonderCon (here’s our recap), I sat down with Campbell for an exclusive interview. He talked about the success of the premiere at SXSW, the communal experience of watching horror films, why it was surprisingly easy for them to get an “R” rating, his hands-on approach to producing, carrying that over to the sequel, and the toll filming took on the actors. We also discussed the possibility of Army of Darkness 2, his presence on twitter, and his post Burn Notice plans. Check out the full interview after the jump. 

WonderCon: Sony Pictures Presentation Featuring Fede Alvarez’s EVIL DEAD Remake, a Blood-Filled Trailer and Clip, Plus Bruce Campbell Himself

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Today at WonderCon, Sony Pictures’ panel featured a presentation from Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake.  After repeated announcements intended to clear the room of any minors or people who became squeamish at the sight of blood, a brand new trailer cut just for WonderCon was screened for the enthusiastic audience.  The cast and director then took the stage for a Q&A along with producer and fan-favorite actor, Bruce Campbell.

Evil Dead, opening April 5th, stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci and Elizabeth Blackmore.  Hit the jump for our panel recap.

8 New Images from EVIL DEAD

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Sony has released eight new images from Fede AlvarezEvil Dead.  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.  As expected some, of these photos are particularly gruesome, so if you’ve just eaten breakfast, maybe wait 30 minutes until looking.  Otherwise you’re going to cramp up.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for my review of the film.  Also, Atlanta readers should click here to find out how they can see the flick early and for free.  The movie stars Jane Levy, Shiloh FernandezElizabeth BlackmoreLou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica LucasEvil Dead opens April 5th.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to an Early Screening of EVIL DEAD

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If you love blood-drenched horror, you’re probably going to love the remake of Evil DeadWhen I saw it at SXSW, the crowd went absolutely nuts for it, and it provided a level of violence rarely seen in wide-release movies.  For those who like their movies gruesome as hell, you need to come out to see this.

I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away 20 passes to the Atlanta screening of Evil Dead.  Hit the jump to find out how you can check out the film early and for free.  Evil Dead opens April 5th.

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