Created in the 1980s and early 1990s by Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead remains a solid horror film series with a diehard fan following. For those that don’t know, the films revolve around the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, a fictional text that wreaks havoc on all that read from its pages. The films have always starred Bruce Campbell as Ashley J. “Ash” Williams, who would spit witty one-liners while fighting back supernatural forces of evil.
Many fans will claim the series leans more toward comedic horror, though others will quickly argue that films began as horror (The Evil Dead) and evolved into comedy (Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness). Regardless of where the films fall, one cannot argue the cult popularity that the series has reached, spawning video games, Halloween costumes, comic books, toys, and a musical that opened in Toronto in 2003.
But that’s not all: the film has now reached the critical mass so many fans detest, the remake/re-imagining phase. On the surface, such an act appears delightful, as it exposes a new generation to what they otherwise may have considered “dated” or “old.” On the other hand, many of the minutiae that made the original series so great could be lost during the remake’s translation, thus altering the original film’s intent or artistic meaning.
Then again, the remake of The Evil Dead, which is expected to hit theaters on April 12 of 2013, lists Sam Raimi as one of the four contributing writers, which are three more than the original’s one writer, Sam Raimi, who also directed the original. The remake lists Fede Alvarez as the director, putting even more distance between Raimi and his original creation.
Is this good? Is this bad? It’s hard to say, really. High resolution photos, such as the one located below, are starting to hit the Internet, already showcasing the differences between the original and the remake:
Some defendants of the remake point toward Raimi’s involvement as a sign that the film holds good intentions. But a remake is a remake, and the stated purpose may be to use updated filming techniques to achieve a better version of the original film, but the underlying purpose will always be money. Why else would someone reuse a franchise as popular as The Evil Dead, and not create their own scenario? Was Raimi really not able to capture greatness with the original series? Looking at the current success the franchise as seen, that would be hard to argue.
Anyway, the remake stars Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, Jessica Lucas, and Bruce Campbell (who is also producing the film). Here’s the film’s synopsis: Five Twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they 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.
Expect the film on April 12 of 2013.