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#SDCC 2013: Fede Alvarez on Ash, Evil Dead’s Future, and More

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#SDCC 2013: Fede Alvarez on Ash and Evil Dead's FutureWe sat down with director Fede Alvarez at the Movies on Demand Lounge at the Hard Rock during the San Diego Comic-Con to get you cats the scoop on the film’s inevitable sequel and more. Read on for details and info.

The movie is now playing on Movies On Demand on Cable. It premiered July 16th, the same day as the DVD release, and will be airing on all cable systems around the country until mid-October.

First on our agenda we wanted to know the scoop on if and when there will be an extended cut of the film released as an alternate extended version was referenced in the Blu-ray commentary several times. “People are always asking me about the director’s cut of the film,” Alvarez tells us. “Honestly though, the version out right now IS the director’s cut. I feel it is the best cut of the movie and it’s also my favorite. We really didn’t cut much as the MPAA had us make only minimal trims, like when Jane cut her tongue in half, we could only show that for two seconds instead of three. They didn’t want us to over-expose the film’s violence so if you only see things like that for a couple of seconds then you most likely won’t become a homicidal maniac and go on a rampage.”

As for Ash’s character showing up at the film’s end and the significance of the scene, “When we initially got together to start production on the movie I was all about getting in cameos for Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell and anyone else we could get in there. Sam immediately stepped in though and encouraged me to leave those characters alone and make my own movie and I think we benefited from that advice immensely. Still, we did get the Ash character in at the very end like a hidden track on a CD and my intention with that was to let the audience know Ash is still out there and he knows what’s going on. We originally had a moment written where Ash would find Jane Levy’s character wandering the road, but it was never filmed because Bruce was unavailable. The moment you seen at the end of the flick was very spur of the moment. We shot in in an office using only borrowed lamps for lighting.”

Fede continues, “For the next movie I want to continue the story laid out by my first film. I just don’t want to get five new kids and throw them into the cabin. Who knows? Maybe Jane and Ash will meet up? Maybe Jane will be attacked in the woods and die at the beginning of the second one. We’re still in the very early stages of talking about it. I want to continue to add to the mythology and make my own movie and revere the films that have come before it.”

Look for more on Evil Dead soon!

From the Press Release
From producers Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy, original Evil Dead trilogy),Bruce Campbell (original Evil Dead trilogy) and Rob Tapert (original Evil Dead trilogy) comes the highly anticipated box office hit EVIL DEAD, available July 16th on Blu-ray™ and DVD with UltraViolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Creators of the original The Evil Dead reunite to present this terrifying new vision of the classic tale about five 20-something friends who turn a remote cabin in the woods into a blood-soaked chamber of horrors after awakening an ancient demon. Directed by Fede Alvarez, EVIL DEAD opened No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office, and top 10 for all-time horror remakes. The ensemble cast includes Jane Levy (TV’s “Suburgatory”), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker).

Exclusive to the Blu-ray is a cast and crew commentary track, as well as two all-new featurettes, exploring the origins and design of the new “Book of the Dead,” and featuring behind-the-scenes footage of cast rehearsals, insights from the original creators, and more. Both the Blu-ray and DVD come with three additional all-new featurettes on the making of the film, character transformations and the process of re-imagining a much-loved, horror classic.

EVIL DEAD was written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, based on the motion picture “The Evil Dead,” written by Sam Raimi. It was produced by Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night), Sam Raimi (Spider-Man franchise) and Bruce Campbell (original Evil Dead series). Executive producers are Nathan Kahane (Hope Springs, The Grudge), Joe Drake (The Hunger Games, Juno), J.R. Young (The Possession), and Peter Schlessel (Drive). Co-producers are Nicole Brown (The Possession, 50/50) and Matthew Leonetti, Jr. (The Possession, The Amazing Spider-Man).

It has a run time of approximately 91 minutes and has been rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.

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Synopsis:
A secluded cabin. An ancient curse. An unrelenting evil. The original producers reunite to present a genuinely terrifying re-imagining of their original horror masterpiece. Five young friends have found the mysterious and fiercely powerful Book of the Dead. Unable to resist its temptation, they release a violent demon on a blood-thirsty quest to possess them all. Who will be left to fight for their survival and defeat this unearthly force of murderous carnage?

Special Features

  • Commentary featuring stars Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Director Fede Alvarez and writer Rodo Sayagues (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • “Making Life Difficult” – The Intense and Physically Exhausting Creation of the Film
  • “Being Mia” – The Physical and Psychological Transformation into “Evil Mia”
  • “Directing The Dead” – Director Fede Alvarez re-imagines a cult horror classic
  • “Unleashing The Evil Force” – Exploring the origins and design of the new Book of the Dead (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • “Evil Dead the Reboot” – Cast Rehearsals, Bruce Campbell, Deadites and more! (Blu-ray exclusive)

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