This new remake is not being made by Sam Raimi, doesn’t star Bruce Campbell, and doesn’t have a single character named Ash in its cast. Now before you all start ranting with all your nostalgia soaked hearts, look at this red band trailer for the movie.
Did that win you over? No? Then how about this article from Collider? It appears that most people involved in the project were hand picked by Raimi and crew to keep some amount of integrity intact. Yes, it is steering away from the campiness of the original, but that is to be expected since Raimi intended the original film to be a straight horror movie, but with the budget he was working with, it was never going to be the type of film he wanted it to be. So you could say that this new remake is in the spirit of what Raimi and crew had intended, but failed, and that is not to say the original Evil Dead movies weren’t great. They’re great because they were made with budget constraints, but it is cool to see what it could have been with this new movie.
Now, if you’re still crying over the lack of Ash in this movie, I suppose that is to be expected. In one hand, we are losing one of the most iconic character in all of horror genre, but at the same time, the character would’ve been too over-the-top for the tone of this new film. Plus, with Ash out of the way, I suppose there’ll be more sense of dread and the feeling that everybody could potentially die, which is tantamount to creating more suspense. Perhaps we’ll even see a damsel in distress pick up the highly coveted chainsaw to rid evil herself and become a spiritual successor to the hero we deserve, but not the one we need right now.
Either way, this movie looks pretty good from what I can tell. Last year, we had a surprise hit from Joss Whedon that redefined the horror genre in The Cabin in the Woods. Perhaps this new Evil Dead remake will be the movie to refine the horror genre.
Written by Daniel Lee