Today's Hot Horror Trailer: Evil Dead's Red Band Trailer Promises Lots of Death
10.25.12 by Ryan
Hail to the (new) king, baby.
Fans of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead franchise have been pretty vocal about their lack of faith in the upcoming Evil Dead remake, going so far as to boo Bruce Campbell at the New York Comic-Con (NYCC) when he said he was "too old" to play the iconic role of Ash ever again. Of course, that was before they saw any footage from the remake. On Wednesday, a trailer teaser offered proof of what looked like a gory and more tonally serious remake, something remake director Fede Alvarez confirmed to Comic Book Resources at the NYCC.
"It is gory, that’s for sure," said Alvarez. "Sam [Raimi] always says this: 'There’s a fine line between horror and comedy.' You go too far, everybody starts laughing. You hit it in the right place, everybody’s scared to death. So we were always trying to stand on that line. So sometimes gore can be very funny. It’s not that kind of gory film. It has a lot of blood. I would come back home after every day of shooting covered in blood. People on set would have to cover themselves with plastic bags because there was so much splatter." Now that Evil Dead's red band trailer is online, we can see why (WARNING: VERY NSFW).
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Those familiar with the original Evil Dead movies will notice a few homages in the trailer — the clock on the wall, the "evil" traveling towards the cabin, slicing off an appendage, to name a few — but in particular, it looks like the remake will also include one of the original's more controversial scenes: one where a possessed tree becomes, well, a little over-friendly with a female character. Alvarez said that he didn't originally include that scene in the remake, but was encouraged to add it by Raimi and fellow, original Evil Dead producer Robert Tapert.
They used to pull a lot of horrible and violent things back in the ‘70s that today is like, oh, no! Evil Dead is part of that also. A girl gets raped by a tree. And even myself, when we wrote the first script, we didn’t write that scene. We were like, "No way! Who’s gonna let us get away with that?" And that’s the beauty of this film, because it’s Bruce, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert … it’s the three of them and myself working together on all the creative processes. This is not a classic remake controlled by a big studio — this is the same creatives from the original doing this film. And so we’re working together, and, like, I said, "I didn’t write that scene,' and Tapert’s like, "Where’s my raping scene?" And I was like, "Oh, okay!" And of course now it has to be way more terrible than the original.
However, like the original, Alvarez says the remake will include no CGI, which should please fans. "Everything you’ll see is real," admitted Alvarez. "There’s also a particularly bloody ending. The last scene is just — we wanted it to be the bloodiest scene ever. And I think it is!"
We'll have to wait until April 12, 2013, to find out.