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nighttimer
01-06-2013, 01:14 PM
Tree rape, anyone?

The original Evil Dead was a low-budget, low tech splatter in a cabin where four kids get possessed by demons and then hack/slash/cut/carve each other into pieces.

Now with the blessings (and production) of original director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell, the remake of Evil Dead is on its way and there's nothing low budget or low tech about this splatter.

In fact, the red band trailer (http://www.avclub.com/articles/evil-dead,90437/#disqus_thread) is completely insane in the membrane.

Oh yeah. NSFW. Or the easily disgusted. :e2cry:

itsmary
01-06-2013, 06:55 PM
I guess I should be skeptical since I'm a big fan of the original, but I'm actually pretty excited. Hopefully my expectations aren't too high where I'll be inevitably disappointed.

JohnnyGottaKeyboard
01-06-2013, 07:02 PM
I guess I should be skeptical since I'm a big fan of the original, but I'm actually pretty excited. Hopefully my expectations aren't too high where I'll be inevitably disappointed.Ditto.

The makeup on the possessed girl in the basement--(Cheryl, played by Ellen Sandweiss, in the original)--looked pretty half-assed. Most of the rest looked moderately okay.

Calla Lily
01-06-2013, 07:08 PM
There was tree rape in the original, too. I still watch the original occasionally. It's fun as well as horrifying.

From what I can see, it's got some better makeup, but has also plunged gleefully into the modern torture-porn cesspool. I'll give it a miss.

Celia Cyanide
01-07-2013, 01:30 AM
The tree rape scene was terrifying in the original! I love that movie.

Satori1977
01-07-2013, 01:34 AM
I love the original trilogy. Evil Dead was one of the scariest movies I remember seeing as a kid. I was skeptical of them doing a remake (and no Ash!), but I am quietly excited about it. I will give it a try.

Rhoda Nightingale
01-07-2013, 03:56 AM
What callalily said. Fuck this remake. No Ash, No Sale!

*pouts in corner*

BenPanced
01-07-2013, 04:23 AM
I generally stay away from remakes as a rule, especially when it's for a movie I didn't like originally.

thebloodfiend
01-07-2013, 05:52 AM
Never seen the original. I think I'll watch it on Netflix later. I don't have much interest in the remake.

Stiger05
01-07-2013, 07:01 PM
Love the original. I just watched the trailer and I think I'll be skipping the remake. The original was more campy horror, with plenty of humorous bits. The whole series is fantastic. The remake has gone the way of straight up gore horror. Meh. Not interested.

ElJeffe
01-10-2013, 09:30 PM
I'm on the fence with this one. I'm a huge fan of Raimi's original trilogy, which I think rode the camp line pretty well, and had a lot of fun playing with different genres. Evil Dead 2 was my favorite, but they all had interesting locations of the comedy-horror spectrum, and they were all justified. I also thought Drag You To Hell was an interesting semi-sequel.

This one, though? This remake? I dunno. I can dig some quality body-horror - The Thing is one of my favorite movies, and definitely my favorite horror movie - but it has to be justified. The Thing was graphic, but it didn't feel gratuitous. This looks gratuitous.

I'll watch it, but I have limited expectations.

dclary
01-11-2013, 03:57 AM
I felt like the trailer gave away so much of the movie as to make the viewing of the entire film superfluous. I hate trailers like that. Tease us. Tantalize us. Don't give us the entire movie in a 60-second burst.


Worst offender ever for this pet peeve: Castaway, whose trailer SHOWS TOM HANKS MAKING IT HOME.

Best trailer in the modern era: The Simpsons Movie. Every joke in the trailer is a setup to a bigger punchline. It gets a laugh even though we saw the gag already -- because the next beat is even funnier.

Liralen
01-11-2013, 07:05 AM
Funny bit of trivia: a good bit of the original was filmed where I live. A friend of mine was an assistant/location producer. He kept trying to get me to visit the set.

The old haunted house where they filmed is pretty much gone now, sadly. It was a landmark.

Manuel Royal
01-13-2013, 08:35 AM
Worst offender ever for this pet peeve: Castaway, whose trailer SHOWS TOM HANKS MAKING IT HOME.Blame Robert Zemeckis for that. He said in an interview that he thinks audiences want to have the whole plot of the movie laid out in the trailer, so they won't have to deal with surprises. He did the same thing with the trailer for the thriller What Lies Beneath; its trailer gave away so many plot points that I decided not to see the picture.

The Evil Dead pictures didn't take any of the horror too seriously. It was over-the-top (I think Evil Dead 2 set a record for quantity of fake blood; they were pumping it out of a fire hose) and had a manic energy. Sam Raimi did a lot of creative stuff with a very small budget. Bruce Campbell won a fanbase and showed he could grab the back of his own shirt collar and flip himself over.

They just went out in the Tennessee woods and made a crazy picture, based on a singular vision, with little interference. A small crew, with everybody pitching in. A remake with a budget and publicity and all them fancy things will be a corporate product. I just don't see the point.

ETA: One of the fun things about Evil Dead 2 is that the cabin in the movie is clearly way bigger on the inside than the outside. And sometimes you can see the lights, wiring and mics that are up where the ceiling would be.

nighttimer
01-13-2013, 10:07 AM
Blame Robert Zemeckis for that. He said in an interview that he thinks audiences want to have the whole plot of the movie laid out in the trailer, so they won't have to deal with surprises. He did the same thing with the trailer for the thriller What Lies Beneath; its trailer gave away so many plot points that I decided not to see the picture.

Good thing Zemeckis didn't direct The Crying Game, huh?

I was under the impression that it isn't the film's director who puts together the trailer, but the studio's marketing department who hires an editor to come in and do it. That might explain why some trailers go on too long and show too much. I enjoyed Flight, but I thought the trailer gave away "a money shot." I didn't like Quarantine, the American remake of REC, mostly because the trailer shows the final scene of the movie!


The Evil Dead pictures didn't take any of the horror too seriously. It was over-the-top (I think Evil Dead 2 set a record for quantity of fake blood; they were pumping it out of a fire hose) and had a manic energy. Sam Raimi did a lot of creative stuff with a very small budget. Bruce Campbell won a fanbase and showed he could grab the back of his own shirt collar and flip himself over.

They just went out in the Tennessee woods and made a crazy picture, based on a singular vision, with little interference. A small crew, with everybody pitching in. A remake with a budget and publicity and all them fancy things will be a corporate product. I just don't see the point.

The same reason they remade The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Last House of the Left, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Psycho, Carrie, Dawn of the Dead, The Hills Have Eyes and ad infinitum.

Dollar, dollar bill, y'all. :Shrug: There's always a new generation looking to get the hell scared out of them.

That said, Raimi got a lot out of a little budget, make-up, camera tricks and not the greatest actors in the world. Evil Dead is genuinely creepy while Evil Dead 2 is a splatterfest of gore and humor, but I would rather watch either one before seeing someone vomit fruit punch all over a hapless victim.

Satori1977
01-13-2013, 08:27 PM
Of course remakes are all about the money. The one thing that makes me feel good about it is that Bruce is behind the movie and is a producer.

I don't think it will be as good, or as fun as the originals. But it could be interesting.

Jcomp
01-13-2013, 08:42 PM
Blame Robert Zemeckis for that. He said in an interview that he thinks audiences want to have the whole plot of the movie laid out in the trailer, so they won't have to deal with surprises. He did the same thing with the trailer for the thriller What Lies Beneath; its trailer gave away so many plot points that I decided not to see the picture.


The "What Lies Beneath" trailer renders almost half of the movie completely pointless. They spend a ton of time setting up someone as a red herring, but we know can't possibly be the real culprit because the trailer already tells you what's actually going on. It's awful.

As for the remake, this one seems to be going for the approach of being as extreme as possible. It has my attention, even if I can't say I'm enthused.

seun
01-18-2013, 01:12 PM
I'm not a fan of remakes (as I've said here probably too often) and this doesn't look like it'll be much different to the glut of pointless, soulless cash cows Hollywood has been throwing at people in recent years.

My sister told me about Evil Dead when I was ten or so which would have put her at about seventeen. My clearest memory of that conversation is how horrified she was by it, particularly the pencil in the ankle scene. To be fair, the chances were she was more horrified by the tree scene but that wasn't something she'd be likely to describe to her little brother.

Although I didn't get to see an uncut version of Evil Dead until I was in my twenties, I had that conversation in mind all the way through it. :D

Derail: an interesting site on the UK censorship history of Evil Dead. http://www.bookofthedead.ws/website/the_evil_dead_censorship.html

ElJeffe
01-20-2013, 11:16 PM
There have been a few times when a remake has actually been interesting and worthwhile, and sometimes better than the originals. Ocean's Eleven was much better than the original, I thought (even if the sequels were meh at best). Little Shop of Horrors was a fantastic take on a dreadful movie. Then you have things like the recent remake of Total Recall, which took a fun, silly movie and made it SUPER SERIOUS NO SMILES ALOUD HERE. Or other films where the remake is just like the original, with the added "bonus" that you already know exactly how it's going to end so the whole exercise seems pointless.

Bruce being involved in this one, even if just as producer, inspires hope. A little hope.