Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gear up for 'Evil Dead' remake

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The Necronomicon is about to be cracked open again. Thirty years after bursting onto the scene with their grisly horror film The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell — along with co-producer Robert Tapert — have announced they’re finally embarking on a long-discussed remake of the cult classic. The 1981 movie, which Raimi directed and Campbell starred in, fused gruesome, over-the-top gore with dark, often slapsticky humor in the story of five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in the woods who find an ancient Book of the Dead and accidentally summon forth evil demons. Made on a shoestring budget, the film was followed by two sequels, 1987’s Evil Dead II and 1992’s Army of Darkness, and even spawned a stage musical version. Raimi, Campbell, and Tapert will produce the remake and have brought on newcomer Fede Alvarez to direct it on the strength of a short film he made called Panic Attack; Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues, and Diablo Cody, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Juno and wrote the horror comedy Jennifer’s Body, is revising their draft. 

In a statement, Raimi, Campbell, and Tapert wrote, “We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the Evil Dead series. We can’t wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements.” Though the film is being fast-tracked, no cast members have been announced yet. It’s safe to say, though, that if Campbell’s chainsaw- and “boomstick”-wielding hero Ash isn’t involved in some way, there will be some angry spirits unleashed across the land.

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  • rufus

    Can’t improve on perfection.

    • LOL

      Yea, this sounds bad. No reason to mess with these classics.

  • Abbie Hoffmans Ghost

    “Give Daddy some sugar!”

  • Mr Eko

    This is my BOOM STICK!

  • Mr Eko

    Seriously, how can they remake this without Bruce Campbell as the star. (Reports are that he is only a producer on the remake)

  • Mr Eko

    Good … Bad … I’m the guy with the gun.

  • JPX

    Why tinker with a classic? Does anyone recall the Psycho remake? I didn’t think so.

    • Kevin7

      At least this has the support of those who were involved with the original and they are taking active roles in it’s production. The Psycho mess was completely different. It was a shot for shot remake expect for when the director thought updates were needed. And as a result IMO we got not just the worst remake ever but one of the worst films in any form ever made.

  • A

    No. Rami’s not directing and Bruce isn’t starring. NO.

  • Marten

    This is going to suck. The original rocked BECAUSE it was cheaply made and poorly acted, and not scary at all. This time they’ll try to make a “real horror film” and turn it into Michael Bay Friday the 13th garbage.

    • Jen

      Exactly. Clerks II, anyone?

      • LOL

        Clerks II was much better than I expected.

  • Jose

    It will be amazing as long as Sam is involved. The filmmaker is who matters, and Sam is a great one.

  • mark in nyc

    that’s just what we call pillow talk baby

  • It’s leviOsa, not levioSA

    Stop with the remakes & reboots please!

    • Tinkie pants

      What else do they have to remake? Can we remake Blade Runner with Ashton ? How about reboot of Harry Potter. Potter #1 is ten years old now,time for a remake on that!

  • Jeff

    Without Bruce starring, sorry, I won’t watch.

  • Flip

    I hope it’s a sequel and not a remake (like Star Trek).

  • Edogg

    Wasn’t Evil Dead 2 a remake of Evil Dead?

  • jynx

    Edogg, yes it was but no one ever seems to mention it.
    “THIS IS MY BOOM STICK”

    • OneOfHenrysMen

      First you wanna kill me…now you wanna kiss me. Blow.

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