Today's Hot Trailer: Evil Dead Remake Discharges Another Bloody Red Band Trailer
Posted 01.08.13 by Ryan
This remake's no joke.
The first red band trailer for the upcoming remake of Evil Dead was released in October, and brought with it the grotesque promise of bloodshed and more bloodshed. Director Fede Alvarez had gone on record that the remake was "gory" and contained "a lot of blood," but those familiar with Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic were no doubt still thinking that the remake might include a little humor as well, especially since Academy Award–winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) was brought in to rewrite the script. Well, if Cody was able to infuse the proceedings with a some levity remains to be seen, as the remake's second red band trailer is no laughing matter, filled with twice the amount of tongue-splitting gore as the first. [WARNING: VERY NSFW]
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Evil Dead fans have approached the remake with mixed feelings, despite the presence of Raimi and Bruce Campbell (who played Ash in all three of the original Evil Dead movies) as producers, wondering how a newcomer like Alvarez, Cody and co-screenwriter Rodo Sayagues were going to be able to put together a movie as memorable (and quotable) as the original movies. The answer, if the latest trailer is any guide, is to swing in the other direction. Jane Levy, stepping in to the lead role of Mia, is indeed no replacement for Campbell's Ash, instead becoming the instrument of evil for the demonic force that the Book of the Dead has unleashed in a remote cabin in the middle of the woods.
For Raimi's part, he has never doubted Alvarez's ability to pull it all off. "I instantly sensed that he was a great storyteller, really sharp, funny, sincere, wanted to really entertain the audience in a new way," said Raimi of Alvarez to The LA Times. "I never saw so clearly in my life the right guy for the job when I met him."
Alvarez had only made the 2009 short Panic Attack! (watch it here) prior to being hired to Evil Dead, which is all Raimi needed to see. "I’m excited for the horror crowds who are going to get a chance to see it," said the director. "[Alvarez] did such a great job with it. I was really impressed."
The cast of Evil Dead includes Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), Elizabeth Blackmore (Burning Man), Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) and Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield).
Next Showing: Evil Dead
opens April 12