Evil Dead Remake: 5 Reasons to See it

Herner Klenthur

The Evil Dead remake directed by Fede Alvarez will hit theaters April 13th 2013 and as much as I was an early nay sayer I have to say I have been convinced that this could be the best horror movie of the year and dare I say it one of the best movies that Sam Raimi has helped produce.

I have come up with 5 solid reasons why I think that you should see the remake of Evil Dead. This goes for new fans to the genre as well as die hards like myself who have questioned all along why on earth we need a remake of Evil Dead. No movie will ever match the original Evil Dead and frankly Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell who are both producers in my view are not trying to.

The original Evil Dead will always be an absolute classic but this new Evil Dead remake is definitely going to be its own beast and here are five reasons everyone should go see it when it hits theaters on April 13th.

The Evil Dead Remake Has No CGI

Considering the special effects that have been shown off in the red band trailer this in itself is nothing short of amazing. According to the director Fede Alvarez they made the decision early on that this movie would not have any CGI in it at all and they have made this movie with old school practical effects, illusions and as he calls it ‘magic tricks’.

If I had not told you this movie had no CGI what so ever I doubt you would have thought it was done entirely with practical special effects. Old school horror fans will love hearing that we wont be seeing sloppy CGI work.

Sam Raimi & Bruce Campbell are Both Back

I should add a small note here that Sam Raimi is not directing and much to my early disgust Bruce Campbell is not starring. I would have loved to have seen an older more rugged ASH played by Bruce Campbell reprise his role to save the world but it was clear early on this would not happen.

Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert the star/director/and producers of the original Evil Dead are all back as producers on the Evil Dead Remake. Sam Raimi wrote the original screenplay with Diablo Cody then did rewrites on which depending on who you ask is either good news or bad news. Anyway you cut it I feel that having the three original brains behind the first film involved guiding the remake is important.

Bruce and Sam have both said in interviews this movie is better then what they did in the original Evil Dead. All I can say is if its half as good we are in for a great and Bruce and Sam dont sell yourselves short. The original is a classic that will never loose its status within the horror genre.

Its Not in 3D

Most of you know that I am not the biggest fan of 3D. I also know many of you were shocked when I praised the fact that Texas Chainsaw 3D was coming out in 3D. When 3D is done right and not an after though post production conversion it is absolutely fantastic. Case and point DREDD was the best 3D movie I have ever seen and is the film that stopped me from talking crap about 3D as a gimmick.

That said as much as I am no longer a complete hater of 3D movies I am glad that they opted to not use 3D, not use any CGI and make Evil Dead in pure classic form with one hundred percent practical effects from start to finish.

It Looks Scary as S**t

It is not very often I look at a horror movie and think ‘holy crap’ much less ‘holy s**t that looks scary’. The Evil Dead remake will be nothing like the original because this one looks like its going to be hide under the bed scary and an absolute festival of brutal violence as the Necronomicon unleashes unholy hell on the new cast of characters.

A New Take on Ash

Originally I was beyond pissed off when I heard that ASH was being recast and Bruce Campbell would not play the part. When Sean William Scott’s name was proposed to play ASH my head just about exploded. Things took an even wierder choice when it was revealed the Ash character would be female and an even stranger twist when the character Ash was completely removed from the Evil Dead remake.

As much as it caused me outrage that Ash is not being played by Bruce I think that I was wrong in my original thinking. Nobody can play Ash like Bruce Campbell did… period… no discussion. So taking that character in a new direction and pretty much eliminating it from the movie is a good thing. It will at least stop most of us genre die hards from going ‘that is not what Ash would do’.

Checkout the brand new  Evil Dead Redband Trailer


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      1. Rale Jovanovic January 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        So thats the reason i sould watch it…well if that are all the reasons a won’t…

        • Ronald Schettino January 7, 2013 at 6:15 pm

          Maybe you should see it just because it’s going to be a good, scary movie?

        • Rale Jovanovic January 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

          Well i hope that most people will like this one,name me one remake(exept maybe Last house on the left) that is actualy good? And I was hoping that they will use little brains that they have and do ED 4 or at least ED animated movie(that would be awsome so Bruce Cambell can voice act, and original cast since they put all efford in promoting this one)

        • Jim Parsons January 8, 2013 at 5:56 am

          The hills have eyes remake is much better than the original (although I love that too). Also I think I preferred the Fright Night remake, although it lacked Roddy McDowell.

        • Emancipator January 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm

          Dawn of the Dead remake, The Hills Have Eyes remake, The Fly remake, The Thing remake, Night of the Living Dead remake. I dont mean to be a dick but you are totally wrong. I am not a huge fan of remakes but you can not say they all sucked because its simply not true.

        • Rale Jovanovic January 18, 2013 at 2:21 am

          I can honetly agree with Hills have eyes(ehem The Fly and the Thing are ’80 movies)i was thinking the new era of remakes that was spawned from TCM,Dawn of the dead is terrible IMO and NOTLD is just solid little movie…But than again lets just agree to disagree.And Jim i didn’t like FN remake at all for me its just a mess :/

        • Accel January 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm

          I’ve read and re-read your comment in vain hope of understanding what it is that you wish to convey with it. I am now giving up.

      2. Marigen Beltran January 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        I like the idea that the Ash character was removed to avoid comparing.

        • Emancipator January 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

          I completely agree @facebook-542581662:disqus The new ASH Makes it more palpable.

      3. Daniel Loubier January 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm

        Let’s not forget, Sam Raimi’s preference for a better budget, better actors, better effects, etc. has been well-documented. He’s said time and again, if he had better equipment and more money, better technology, he would have been able to make the movie HE wanted to make. Since he didn’t have that, he was left with what he had. And yet, he still ended up making a masterpiece. Some argue that Raimi could/should have remade it himself, but he kinda already did in ED2. And besides, Raimi and Co. hand-picked Alvarez, presumably for his vision and fresh thinking. The Evil Dead is my #1 all-time favorite horror movie; however, I am prepared to watch the new one with an open mind. Given what we’ve seen so far, I have a strong feeling this will stand up to the original.

        • Emancipator January 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm

          @twitter-378636623:disqus well said good sir. A very intelligent and well thought out comment. Thanks for reading and sharing your 2 cents.

        • Rale Jovanovic January 18, 2013 at 2:28 am

          I doubt that it is going to be good,maybe im hating to much but the effects they were using back then are much better(all the creatures and deadites are wonderfull,final touch with clayanimation is realy inovative and interesting back then)And if Sam Raimi sad it then it must be true,let’s look at Spiderman 3 for example(third instalment to the movie is the worst garbage they make)Maybe his magic only work on horror genre,i will eventualy see it(but not in theatre)…

      4. Curtis James Larade January 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        No matter what our preconceptions are about this remake, when it comes out on April 13, I’m sure we will all run to the theeatre to watch it. Save your criticism until after you’ve seen it.

        • Emancipator January 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

          Completely agree.

        • Rale Jovanovic January 18, 2013 at 2:15 am

          Thats your way,a would rather watch something else…I won’t def.pay the price to see that movie,but thats just me

      5. Boom stick March 15, 2013 at 2:21 am

        I’m scared alright scared it will become a multi remake the original 1 and two are old school grity clasics and should be held scared but picking up where army of darkness let off would be genius

      6. BlondeRobynGirl March 19, 2013 at 12:52 am

        I’m not sure about other places but it is being released in Canada on April 5th, the date was moved up (which I am excited about). Originally, I was like ‘oh crap, another remake, probably in 3D, WHY MUST YOU DO THIS?!’ but after seeing trailers I have to see it, haha. As you mentioned, I am definitely glad Bruce Campbell is back but I would have loved to see him in the film as well. Since he isn’t, I am kinda glad that they aren’t making an Ash character, because as you mentioned, nobody would be able to do it as good or better than Bruce. And I have to say, I am practically jumping for joy about the fact that IT WILL NOT BE IN 3D!! *YAY* I just hate the fact they seem to think they can do everything in 3D and then they barely even freaking do anything with it. So, as you can tell, this is one I’m looking forward to. It looks very creepy and gory which I love. xD

      7. april March 20, 2013 at 11:55 pm


      8. Derfbro1 March 21, 2013 at 4:28 am

        Hey idiot. There is no Ash in this remake and Seann William Scott isn’t in it either. You do know which film you’re reviewing, right? At least look on IMDB for your basic cast and crew, lol.

      9. Ash March 22, 2013 at 6:32 am

        Name calling, how nice of you…
        This nice chap is right about one thing though; I’m not in the remake :)

      10. Jason Luthor March 26, 2013 at 3:32 am

        Having just seen it, I can say it’s terrible.

      11. Jason brown April 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Managed to watch it and its not great and pretty much follows the same route as cabin in the woods which is pretty much a horror comedy, effects are better than the original and so is the acting but it pales in comparison to raimi’s classic – also it’s not scary either

        Agree with the poster above me and it’s terrible

      12. Billy April 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        I’d read on multiple sites before actually having seen the movie and they all assured me there would be no CGI. But, alas, there is. The worst of the CGI is a plastic bag over someone’s head and it looks terrible and hilarious.

      13. TMaster July 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        Wow this day and age this movie is a huge fail, The drug addict who obviously isn’t a drug addict… The guy who reads a book that says all over it not to read it… Like seriously I am so happy I never bothered going to the theaters or buying it because I would have walked out and as I did watch it I ended up turning it off struggling from the very start not to… If this is what your going to be doing with remakes just stop… And you wonder why people pirate things… Couldn’t be that they are sick of paying an obscene price for something they arn’t going to want to enjoy watching!
        Anti celeb! Stop giving these rich jerks your money. They dont need it.

      14. james July 23, 2013 at 11:38 am

        Real sad people , thats all i can say , the film is brillant., the screen play is excellent , very entertaining never gets boring , & a new insight story thats refreshing , the actor that plays mia done a un matchable preformance , only wish the sequel was released now , going to be a two or three long year wait , carnt wait . Just buy the blu ray now!

      15. Dave July 31, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        I loved the original with humor 1 and 2, plus army of darkness.
        I will not see this new crap.