Bruce Campbell Gives Evil Dead Remake His Seal of Approval

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When remaking someone’s work, it’s important to revere what’s come before it by honoring the source material. If you’ve done it right, the principals involved will likely give your version their blessing. That’s exactly what’s happened with Bruce Campbell and the Evil Dead remake.

In an interview with Digital Spy, The Chin dropped the following on curious fans…

We’re really excited and really behind it, [but] it’s going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we’ve pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn’t screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie,” said Campbell.

He goes on to say the film is “fabulous” and “the nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to, and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though, granted, Sam Raimi is a mad genius so we got a crazy result like Evil Dead out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing.

Ghost House Pictures is producing the much anticipated remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-hit horror film The Evil Dead, the film that effectively launched the careers of Sam Raimi (Spider-Man franchise, Darkman, Drag Me to Hell), Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night), and Bruce Campbell, who played the Ash character and was co-producer of the original. They are now back to produce an Evil Dead for today’s audience that’s high on the horror, gore, plot twists, and more from a screenplay written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues with Diablo Cody. Executive producers are J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joseph Drake, and Peter Schlessel.

A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia; and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie.

Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Bruce Campbell Gives Evil Dead Remake His Seal of Approval

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  • Screamz

    I’m not jumping on the remake hate bandwagon. I am a little worried that Diablo Cody had a hand in the script, but I’ll reserve judgment until I at least see a trailer. Some of my favorite films are remakes: Carpenter’s “The Thing,” Cronenberg’s “The Fly.” Hell, even the remake of “The Blob” was pretty good. At least Platinum Dunes isn’t behind this one. That’s gotta count for something…

  • MonsterMash

    “…the film looks beautiful.” Ponder that for a moment. This is gonna go down as one of the best or worst. Bruce is groovy, but I’m not sure he understands what makes the first three work.

  • JB Demented

    Im not suprised. Hes moved on to the bigger and better as they say. Being in a TV series, doing the Spiderman flicks. What does He care if a perfectly good horror classic gets turned into crap.

  • Shambling_in_Bandages

    Bruce Campbell probably gave the craptacular Army of Darkness his seal of approval too.

  • Terminal

    Producer: So what do you think of the remake?

    *waving check in front of his face*

    Bruce: I think it looks GREAT.

    • Amatsu_Mikaboshi

      Shows how much you know, Bruce Campbell IS the producer!

      • nazo

        Bruce Campbell is Keyser Soze!

      • Terminal

        Lol, still valid if ya ask me.