Federico Alvarez Talks Evil Dead Remake; Bruce Campbell Cameo Confirmed

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A week or so ago we broke the biggest story of the year, one that let you guys know that the long gestating remake of Evil Dead was indeed a go. The next day a director was announced … Federico Alvarez. Recently the filmmaker spoke a bit about the project.

Federico Alvarez Talks Evil Dead RemakeIn an interview with Spanish website El Pais, Alvarez dropped the following on fans. We did our best in terms of translation.

“We realize the mistakes not to make,” says Alvarez. “As fans of the original, we know we are going to offend those who are also fans just by taking this job. We’re going to honor the original film along with the existing fans and hope to bring in a new audience as well.”

Because we are fans of the original, we realize that nobody wants to see a celebrity in a remake like this,” he continues. “The only recognizable face will be that of Bruce Campbell, and he will be in a cameo toward the end of the film. We are going to change the characters and some story details, while keeping the basic outline of friends who are beleaguered by demons in a cabin alone.”

Alvarez continues, “Sam Raimi says there’s a fine line between horror and comedy. The original Evil Dead was intended as a straight horror movie with scenes of extreme gore directly designed to shock the viewer. I rented the movie with a friend from a video store at just thirteen years old, and that was a big mistake! The film scared the life out of us.”

Hopefully that’s the direction he’ll choose to go in!

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  • jkincer

    Very well said Vanvance1, I couldn’t agree more. I love Bruce, but he is too old and out of shape at this point for a true sequel and Raimi is to busy directing big budget flicks. Lets face it, the audience for an Evil Dead sequel is not going to bring in $30 million+ on the opening weekend, so what major studio is going to back it? With a slick remake Hollywood has proven they can market the hell out of it and cash in on big opening and then let the movie die in the flames of critical and fan outrage.

    I have accepted that going to see Evil Dead the Musical is as close something new and great from the franchise as I am going to get. I wish they would have just gone the animation route, seems to be the only good solution.

  • Vanvance1

    This is pointless, it’s meant to rake in nostalgia dollars.

    The unique combination of talents that resulted in the Evil Dead movies was hugely original and fresh for it’s time. You cannot recreate that chemistry; the best you can do is to move the mythos forward with a sequel controlled by the same director.

    Had Raimi chosen to make a sequel as opposed to tasking someone else with a remake I’d be excited about this project. As things stand there is no more reason to be excited about this film than I would get over any other Ghost House picture.

    In actuality this is less exciting because it’s very likely to be as stale as the NOES remake.

    It isn’t good news, it’s sad news.