Could this actually be good news? Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Ghost House Pictures are teaming up again to remake cult classic The Evil Dead – and they’re pledging not to suck.
“We will be heavily involved in it. Sam Raimi hand-picked Fede Alvarez to direct it … It’s not like we’re just tossing this thing out and farting out a sequel. It’ll be kind of a hand-made movie with a young filmmaker who is more experienced than we were when we made the first one, who will be casting more experienced actors than we had, so I don’t see how it could be any worse.”
He’s got a point – but The Evil Dead‘s low-budget amateurishness was what made it so wonderfully charming. The sheer innovation of many of the stunts and camera angles laid the foundation of what would later become Raimi’s directorial signature.
The first film was a zero-budget “video nasty” horror flick,
the second was a bizarre horror-comedy with some of the most memorable slapstick moments ever
and the third was straight out played for laughs.
Though Raimi’s had a stellar career since (the Spider-Man films), he did return to his roots with the reasonably enjoyable Drag Me To Hell – a comic-tinged horror reminiscent of Evil Dead 2.
I’m someone who owns an Evil Dead lunchbox (with matching flask) and mini-Ash action figures, so definitely part of the “rabid fanbase” described. I’ll keep an open mind – don’t judge it till you see it – but so long as it keeps its playful charm intact, I’ll just take it on its own terms.