Bruce Campbell, the man who bravely wielded a chainsaw and shotgun to destroy the undead in the original Evil Dead films, has seen the new remake from director Fede Alvarez! In a recent interview with Digital Spy Campbell talks about the film, and answers some questions that I'm sure fans of the classic horror franchise want to know.
During the interview he reiterates that the movie is a completely fresh take on the franchise. But most importantly he shares his thoughts on the film, and addresses the issues that the fans are worried about, saying that that it's "just as memorable" as Raimi's original film, and that it's "fabulous."
Here's what he had to say about...
How the Evil Dead remake is different from the previous films:
There's none of the original characters. We didn't want to compare apples with apples. It's a contemporary movie - just like Evil Dead was contemporary in 1979, this is contemporary for young adults now. It's basically five new kids who are going to have a really bad night with a brand new director - Fede Alvarez, who was handpicked by Sam Raimi. I've seen it already; I think it's definitely fabulous.
Whether or not fans will embrace the remake:
We're really excited and really behind it, [but] it's going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we've pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn't screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie.
You don't want to remake something shot-for-shot. I can't believe they remade Psycho - what the hell kind of a waste of celluloid is that? It's a creative medium.
The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though granted Sam Raimi is a mad genius, so we got a crazy result like Evil Dead out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing.
Whether or not he'll make a cameo:
I'm not at liberty to discuss that. But the thing is we want it to be a standalone movie. You're going to have some references [to the original] in there and there's going to be things the fans will enjoy as far as familiar aspects, but it's a whole new ball game.
His thoughts on playing Ash again:
I'll be honest with you, I don't know if I could - the last one was 1991. I was a virile young man; I'm 54 years old now so I'm not sure 54-year-old guys need to be doing that s**t anymore. But if Sam wants to lace the boots back on and do something that makes sense, that's fine. We may need to do the movie one day, if our careers fly off the tracks and we crash and burn, we might look at each other and go 'Let's make an Evil Dead movie'!
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm immensely excited about this movie. If Campbell liked it as much as he did, why wouldn't us fans? I just hope the movie is so good that all the skeptics out there that think it's going to be a piece of crap walk out of the theater overjoyed by the horrific madness they just watched.
Where does your excitement level for this movie currently stand?
Here is the Synopsis:
The reboot is true to the roots of Raimi's original as it follows a group of friends who hole up in a remote cabin, discover the "Book of the Dead" and accidentally unleash an unrelenting group of Deadites.
The "new spin" is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family's cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she's actually possessed.
The worst part, though, is that one of the friends unleashes the demons by deciphering the Book of the Dead and reading the passages aloud. (Yeah, because just some kid would know how to read ancient text. Sigh.) Theonly way I can get behind this is if the film references the original (meaning this is a new group of kids in theexact same cabin and Bruce Campbell cameo's as "Ash" (who has now aged quite considerably).