Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert Re-Team with EVIL DEAD Director Fede Alvarez for A MAN IN THE DARK

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The team behind the Evil Dead remake is getting back together, but it’s not for a sequel.  Ghost House Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will reunite with writing partners Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues on the thriller A Man in the Dark.  Alvarez and Sayagues wrote the 2013 Evil Dead remake, which Raimi and Tapert produced and Alvarez directed, and they will all assume those same roles on this new film.  The story revolves around three teens with a penchant for robbery who set their sights on one last score: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding.  Once they break into his home, however, they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.

Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the Evil Dead sequel.

Fede Alvarez Talks FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES, Working with Robert Rodriguez, EVIL DEAD 2, MACHINA, DANTE’S INFERNO, and More

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Airing Tuesday nights on El Rey is From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.  Based on the 1996 cult hit of the same name, and re-imagined for TV by co-creator Robert Rodriguez, the show follows fraternal fellons Seth Gecko (D.J.  Contra) and Richie Gecko (Seth Holtz)  on a crime spree that leads them straight into a vampire infested strip club.  The series has been inching towards the climactic standoff at the Titty Twister all season, and with tonight’s episode, “La Conquista”, everything officially goes off the rails.  Fittingly enough the episode is helmed by none other than Fede Alvarez, director of the 2013 Evil Dead remake, where he proved a knack for depicting completely unhinged encounters with the supernatural.

In anticipation tonight’s episode I hopped on the phone for an exclusive interview with Alvarez.  He talked about how he ended up directing an episode of From Dusk Till Dawn, why the eighth episode was a perfect match for him, working with Robert Rodriguez, shooting on the set of the Titty Twister, the differences between directing for TV and film,  and whether or not he would want to direct TV again.  He also touched on a few of his upcoming projects, including the status of his first sci-fi feature Machina, moving forward with Dante’s Inferno, and what exactly is going on with Evil Dead 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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 Director Fede Alvarez to Helm DANTE’S INFERNO Video Game Adaptation

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Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez is going straight to hell.  Deadline reports that Alvarez is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game Dante’s Inferno for Universal Pictures.  Based on Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, the game finds Dante reimagined as a Templar knight and follows him as he journeys through the nine circles of Hell in order to reclaim the soul of his beloved Beatrice from Lucifer.  The game debuted in 2010 to mediocre reviews, but clearly Universal sees potential.  Bruce McKenna (The Pacific) wrote the initial draft of the script, with Jay Basu penning the most recent draft.

Alvarez was hand-picked by producer Sam Raimi to helm the Evil Dead remake based on the strength of his 2009 short Panic Attack!, and his redo of the horror classic was met with a fairly positive response.  In addition to Dante’s Inferno, Alvarez is also attached to write and direct the sci-fi pic Machina.  No word on which one will be his next project.  Watch a trailer for the game after the jump.

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.

EVIL DEAD Remake Director Fede Alvarez to Helm Sci-Fi Film MACHINA

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Even though a sequel to Fede AlvarezEvil Dead remake is in the works, Alvarez isn’t attached to direct.  Instead, he’s turning his attention to a science fiction project entitled Machina.  According to THR, details on the film are being kept under wraps, but Alvarez will be re-teaming with his writing partner, Rodo Sayagues.

Alvarez’s short film Panic Attack! brought him to the attention of original Evil Dead director Sam Raimi, which got the South American director the gig for the remake.  Visually, Alvarez delivered some truly shocking moments, so he has the ability to leave an impression on his audience.  It’s worth noting that Panic Attack is about giant robots and spaceships attacking Montevideo, Paraguay, so he does already have a slight sci-fi bent, although the short is more in the disaster genre.  Hit the jump to check it out.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Clip and Poster from EVIL DEAD Remake

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A new clip and poster from Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake are now available.  The clip takes place inside the infamous cabin in the woods in which all of the vacationers appear to be safe and sound, except for Mia (Jane Levy) who is not quite herself it seems.  It’s a bit spoilery, but for fans of the original, it also features a rather recognizable camera sequence.

Check out Matt’s review of Evil Dead here.  The film also stars Shiloh FernandezElizabeth BlackmoreLou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas.  Evil Dead opens on April 5th.  Hit the jump to watch the clip and check out the new poster.

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.

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