It's a pretty bold statement to make when you suggest that a movie is more terrifying than any of its predecessors. But that's exactly what the latest Evil Dead movie poster is claiming.
The original Evil Dead film was a low budget B-movie which was released in 1981. It didn't see any immediate success but it gained a strong cult following and continues to be popular to this day. By the time the third movie in the franchise, was created, the movie had more humor and a campy-action feel to it. The third movie, called Army of Darkness, shouldn't even really be considered a horror movie, it's so far removed from the genre. It's this third movie, complete with funny one liners and terrible acting that made trilogy one of my favorite movies of all time.
When news hit that the Evil Dead movie was getting a reboot, fans were skeptical that it was going to be good. Everyone knows that remakes have a way of disappointing people. There is a stigma associated with remaking a beloved movie, because the creators want to find a new audience and update the story, but at the same time they don't want to upset the fans that were already there. So it often seems that creators try to do too much with the movie, and a lot of the times it ends up being terrible.
It's painfully obvious that there's no way to replace Bruce Campbell: the actress playing the lead is Jane Levy, mostly known for playing the lead in Suburgatory. At the New York Comicon, Campbell announced that Levy is the new Ash, and it sounded like the producers were very happy with their choice. It's also worth noting that Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell are all producers for the new Evil Dead movie. This means that the people who worked very closely on the original are all back together for the remake, giving fans the sense that the upcoming film will be a true reboot of the original. If it's created and worked on by those that are closest to it, you can't do any wrong... (right George Lucas?)
Now that the red ban trailer has been seen by the masses, everyone is buzzing about the new Evil Dead movie. I am told that the audience at Comicon responded very well to the trailer. Like many Evil Dead fans, I watched the Red Ban Trailer for this movie, and yes it looks pretty gruesome, so gruesome in fact, that I don't know if I want to see it. You see the thing is, I am not a big fan of gore-fest horror movies (yes, I know this makes me a terrible person). The new Evil Dead movie doesn't look bad, it just doesn't appeal to me. As a huge fan of the Evil Dead trilogy, and a fan of all things Bruce Campbell this makes me sad. I love the original movies, but I don't think I want to see the new remake, because it doesn't appear to hold the same charm as the originals. It doesn't look funny in the least. It looks really intense, and that's a great thing for horror fans. Just from the trailer I know that a lot of people are going to enjoy watching it. And it's very obvious that I am not part of the target audience for this movie.
Will the Evil Dead remake be the most terrifying film you will ever experience?