Ahh, yes, the feared remake of Sam Raimi‘s absurdly brilliant horror flick, The Evil Dead, is back in the news.
First of all an official release date has been set, which means all of you who were hoping this would end up dead and buried before ever reaching the big screen look to be out of luck. The remake has laid claim to the April 12, 2013 date for Evil Dead, though, as has become very common, that could be changed in the future.
Now for some supposed details on the plot of the movie, which may or may not end up being truth.
According to a source close to the project, the movie is ready to start filming in New Zealand around March where it will be shot in the same wooded area that Yogi Bear movie you didn’t see was filmed.
As for plot, if this does turn out to be legit, it may not be so bad…as far as horror movies go, anyway. As for Evil Dead similarities, however, they’re few.
The movie, being directed by Fede Alvarez and rewritten by Oscar winner Diablo Cody, will supposedly follow two siblings, David and Mia, who head to a remote cabin with some friends after their mother’s death in order to try and help Mia to overcome a drug addiction she has.
While there the Necronomicon comes into play (of course; every creepy cabin deep in the woods comes with a copy of the Necronomicon), which is the primary connection to the original, and Mia becomes possessed by a demon who is not friendly. Not friendly at all. Of course those around her think that her odd behavior is just on account of her body trying to recover from her drug abuse, and obviously won’t realize something is really wrong before it’s far too late.
The first plot details were first shared by Bloody Disgusting back in October, but the new more detailed description comes from Moviehole, where you can read of more story details (with potential spoilers).
The most important aspect of all of this is that it appears that all of the wild and wacky and often times funny and over-the-top nuances of Raimi’s original Evil Dead, fueled by the performance of a one Bruce Campbell, will not be present. This remake will be a straight-edged horror, which means it will be much more realistic and possibly even much more horrific (pending a decision on amount of CGI used) than the original. Not necessarily a bad thing for horror fans, but it also means it’s not truly an Evil Dead movie. Those nuances and Campbell are what make it and its sequels so good, and without those things the remake simply becomes another horror flick…with a Necronomicon in it.
With this new information, are you more curious to see how the Evil Dead remake will look, or are you even more skeptical than ever before?