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.

EVIL DEAD Review

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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.

Lou Taylor Pucci Talks EVIL DEAD, the Appeal of the Film’s Violence, Working with Director Fede Alvarez, and More

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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.  Lou Taylor Pucci plays Eric, a friend of Mia (Jane Levy) who has gone with her and three friends to a remote cabin in the woods to help her detox.

I got the chance to interview Pucci at SXSW, we talked about the intensity of the film, the appeal of the film’s violence, working with director Fede Alvarez and producer Bruce Campbell, his indie film Story of Luke, and more .  Evil Dead opens April 5th.

Writer-Director Fede Alvarez Talks EVIL DEAD, Cutting Down to an R-Rating, the Appeal of the Extreme Violence, EVIL DEAD 2, and More

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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.

I got the chance to interview Alvarez at SXSW, and we talked getting down to an R-rating from an NC-17 rating, the appeal of the film’s extreme violence, working with Sam Raimi, developing a sequel to the remake, and much more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.   Evil Dead opens April 5th.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

New Images and Poster for EVIL DEAD

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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.

Miscellaneous News: EVIL DEAD Pushed up to April 5th; A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Will Be the Shortest DIE HARD Yet

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We’ve got a couple of quick news stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Bruce Campbell has tweeted that Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Evil Dead has taken up The Heat‘s vacated April 5th date, which means it will be going up against Jurassic Park 3D at the box office.  So who would win a fight: deadites or dinosaurs?  [Answer: Dinosaurs.  Dinosaurs always win unless they're faced with their natural enemy, Meteors.]  Evil Dead, which originally had an NC-17 rating, will premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.

In other news, The Playlist reports that A Good Day to Die Hard will be by far the shortest Die Hard yet with a runtime of 97 minutes.  For comparison, Die Hard is 131 minutes, Die Hard 2 is 124 minutes, Die Hard with a Vengeance is 131 minutes, and Live Free or Die Hard is 128 minutes.  So Die Hard 1 and 3 are the best in the series and they both run 131 minutes.  Coincidence?  Yes.

First Wave of SXSW 2013 Films Announced; THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE to Open Festival; EVIL DEAD to Premiere

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SXSW 2013 has announced their first wave of films, and the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open this year’s festival.  That’s a huge vote of confidence for the film (last year’s opener was The Cabin in the Woods), which stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  SXSW has also revealed that they’ll host the premiere of Fede AlvarezEvil Dead remake, and they’ll also be showing off Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, which should be a perfect fit for the festival.

Hit the jump to check out the first wave of films announced for SXSW 2013 as well as highlights from the 2013 conference.  The majority of the festival line-up will be announced on January 31st.  The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.

TOP 5: THE HOBBIT Set Visit, IRON MAN 3, CLOUD ATLAS, First Trailer for EVIL DEAD Remake, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

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Tonight the wife and I are hosting an inaugural Halloween gathering for three primary reasons: 1) it’s an excuse to hang out with friends, 2) it’s an opportunity to watch horror classics with said friends and 3) our street name is Elm and we can’t pass on the chance to christen the get together with the least original Halloween party name of all time (I’ll let you do the math). All of this in mind, I was finding it difficult to strike a healthy balance of scary movie goodness that was equal parts frightening (for fans of the horror genre like myself) and fun/of the “Halloween spirit” (for those who don’t necessarily enjoy the genre but can appreciate the season). That was until I remembered that we owned Ernest Scared Stupid on Blu-ray. Now the biggest concern I have is making sure no one walks out of the house at the end of the night with that little gem in hand.

All Hallows Eve 2012 party plans aside, in this week’s Top 5 we’ve got a lineup that includes a visit to the New Zealand set of The Hobbit, the first trailer amongst other new assets from Iron Man 3, Cloud Atlas interviews with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and more, the first red band trailer for director Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead remake, and a heartfelt plea for a Hollywood adaptation of The Legend of Zelda. A brief recap and link to each lives on after the jump.

Teaser for Tomorrow’s Release of the EVIL DEAD Teaser Trailer

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If you missed out on the Sony Pictures panels for Carrie and Evil Dead at New York Comic-Con, it’s okay.  Sony Pictures live-streamed the events, and when it came to the trailers, those eventually arrived online.  They’re already released the one for Carrie, and tomorrow they’ll be releasing the one for Evil Dead.  Thankfully, the Evil Dead teaser was the best footage I saw at NYCC, and I’m looking forward to the reaction it will receive when it hits online tomorrow.  Sony has released a sneak peek at the teaser because teasers for teasers are the awful marketing trend that won’t go away.

Hit the jump to check out the sneak peek of the trailer.  The film stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, and Elizabeth BlackmoreEvil Dead opens April 12, 2013.

New York Comic-Con: EVIL DEAD Panel Recap; Self-Mutiliation, The New Ash, and Bruce Campbell Dazzles the Crowd

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I spent a full day at New York Comic-Con watching panels, and the one with the best footage was easily Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Sam Raimi‘s Evil Dead.  Not so much as an image had leaked from the movie, and while it had Raimi’s stamp of approval (he hand-picked Alvarez to write and direct), we still didn’t know what to expect.  Judging by the trailer we saw, he came up with something truly terrifying that’s strong enough to stand on its own.  But even if the audience at the IGN Theater at the Javits Center were wary of a remake before they saw the footage, they were completely taken with the original Ash, Bruce Campbell, who also served as a producer on Alvarez’ film.  Half of the panel was Campbell just owning the crowd.  At one point, Evil Dead remake star Jane Levy broke out her iPhone to record what was happening and said, “I’m sorry.  I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Hit the jump for my recap of the Evil Dead panel, and click here for all of our New York Comic-Con coverage.

Sony Pictures to Debut First Looks at EVIL DEAD and CARRIE at New York Comic-Con

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With Evil Dead and Carrie, Sony Pictures has got some big horror remakes on deck for spring 2013, and attendees at this year’s New York Comic-Con are going to get the first look at both pictures.  On Saturday, October 13th, the Evil Dead panel will feature director Fede Alvarez, star Jane Levy (Suburagtory), and Ash himself, Bruce Campbell (who’s on board as a producer).  That panel will then be followed by Carrie, with director Kimberly Peirce and stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore in attendance.

Hit the jump for a synopsis of both panels.  Evil Dead opens April 12, 2013.  Carrie opens March 15, 2013.  New York Comic-Con runs from October 11 – 14th.

Sam Raimi Talks THE POSSESSION; Plus Updates on THE EVIL DEAD and POLTERGEIST Remakes

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Based on a true story, the horror thriller The Possession shows what happens to one family who must save their youngest daughter from a malevolent force, known as a Dibbuk, that wants to devour her body. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) notice their youngest daughter Em’s (Natasha Calis) erratic behavior, as she becomes increasingly obsessed with an antique wooden box purchased at a yard sale, but initially chalk it up to their difficult divorce. Once they realize what is really going on, they enlist the help of a Hasidic rabbi (Matisyahu) to cast out the evil infecting their daughter’s human soul.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, producer Sam Raimi talked about what drew him to the creepy story, why he wanted to collaborate with director Ole Bornedal, and why he thinks possession is something that’s always been so scary to people. He also said that, having seen almost all of the dailies for The Evil Dead, the film is so bloody it will make your head spin, that it will definitely be R-rated, that there were a lot of ways to improve on the original film, and how exciting it is to see what director Fede Alvarez brought to it. In regard to the Poltergeist remake, he said that David Lindsay-Abaire is currently working on the screenplay, and that he hopes to have a draft by around the first of October. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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