If you’ve been reading my previous posts in regard to remakes, then you already know that the idea of an Ash-less Evil Dead reboot makes me want to vomit all over the computer screen and hurt the people who are in charge of making it. Now the film’s star, Jane Levy, and the original Ash, Bruce Campbell, have given a bit of information as to what fans can expect to see in the new version of the horror classic.
In an interview with The Insider, Levy, who will be playing the new “Ash” character in the film, described that the movie will be very serious and dark. She stated, “I’m a big fan of the original. To me it’s the scariest movie, ever. But this one is really different. They’ve changed it a lot, but it’s still a pretty gory movie. My mom probably can’t see it.”
Levy continued, “I think the humor in the first one came from the special effects of the time. I don’t know that they meant it to be funny … this one is not funny. It’s definitely dark.”
Umm, I haven’t seen the original Evil Dead in quite some time but I do remember the rest of the series being campy and funny, especially Army of Darkness, so I’m not sure what she’s talking about. I didn’t think the special effects were that bad for the time; they certainly didn’t make me roll over in a fit of laughter. But anyways…
The Insider also spoke with the king of camp, Mr. Campbell, who also stated that the remake would be very scary. The star stated, “You can expect to have a damn scary horror movie. There’s no Ash character — The Evil Book is going to torment a new set of kids, so it’s a remake, or a re-imagining or … a re-whatever word you want to use. It’s going to be re-scary.”
Of course he’s going to say that; why would he bash his own movie? But, I’m going to trust you on this one, Bruce, so you better deliver.
The “remake” is going to involve a whole new set of characters and follow a completely new storyline, essentially making it a completely different movie but with the same title. However, the one thing that fans of the series will recognize, besides the book of the dead, are the evil trees which played a big part in the original. Campbell joked, “They’re not terribly well-behaved this time either.”
I’m actually happy with Levy as the lead but I am still hesitant to the film. Evil Dead also stars Shiloh Fernandez and Lou Taylor Pucci and is directed by Fede Alvaraez. Audiences can expect to see the supposedly scary remake, April 12, 2013.