Like a woodland-trapped demon waiting for someone to read the appropriate, evil-corporealizing incantation, the Evil Dead movie franchise has been quiet since 1992’s Army of Darkness. But that will change on April 12 when the remake of director Sam Raimi’s original 1981 shocker The Evil Dead hits cinemas. Produced by the architects of the previous three films in the franchise — Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce “Ash” Campbell — this new iteration is cowritten by Diablo Cody and stars Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Shiloh Fernandez, and Lou Taylor Pucci. Replacing Raimi in the director’s chair is newcomer Fede Alvarez, whose alien invasion short film Panic Attack! has garnered an impressive 7m views on the ol’ YouTube.
Will this reboot of Raimi’s cabin-in-the-woods tale make good on its promise to be “The most terrifying film you will ever experience”? We’ll have to wait until April to find out. But if the film does fail to frighten it won’t be because anyone stinted on the fake red stuff, as our breakdown of the movie’s new, red band trailer amply demonstrates.
After an establishing shot of the film’s cabin-in-the-woods setting Jane Levy’s frightened-out-of-her-mind Mia informs Shiloh Fernandez’s David that he must “get me out of here.” If they ever make the mistake of letting Eli Roth direct an episode of Suburgatory, this is probably what it will look like.
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