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Jane Levy Talks Prosthetics And Practical Effects In ‘The Evil Dead’

Fede Alvarez started shooting The Evil Dead in New Zealand almost two weeks ago and star Jane Levy has dropped a few hints regarding the amount of practical effects and prosthetics in the piece.

Speaking to The Marin Independent Journal she said, “I really wanted to work on ‘Evil Dead’ because of how different it is from ‘Suburgatory.’ I guess that’s my main goal in this industry, to work on different stuff and to play a wide range of characters. That process of creating a new person is so fun for me. I love the initial makeup/hair tests before the start of a new job; I’m always campaigning for a new hair color or length, anything to look as different as possible.

This role also intrigued me because of how much I will learn, mostly technical stuff like special effects. That’s fascinating to me. I had to get my body “casted” for this role so they can make me prosthetics. That process entailed getting your whole body covered in green goo, like the stuff they put in your mouth for a tooth casting, and then being papier-mâchéd. It was the coolest thing ever.

Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore (“The Legend Of The Seeker”) and Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield, “Melrose Place”) also star, with Lucas playing the best friend of a girl going through withdrawal (Levy) who is also a nurse. Blackmore is playing the fiancee of Fernandez and new to the group. The film echoes Raimi’s original and will carry a serious tone. Bruce Campbell is rumored to make a cameo as another character.

Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert are producing with Ghost House Pictures. Alvarez is directing and co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) revised the latest draft. The Evil Dead will roam its POV through theaters on April 12, 2013.



  • BloodyBass

    Way to let the cat out of the bag that she gets possessed in the film… One character down, only 4 more to go :/

  • EvanDickson

    It doesn’t say she gets possessed.

  • Kroork

    After the thing, I could care less how much practical they use on set. The only thing that matters is what they do to it in post production.

  • BloodyBass

    Uh, if they did a body cast for prosthetics for her what else could that mean? That she dies? That’s even more of a spoiler.

    • EvanDickson

      Not saying that happens either. But you know the EVIL DEAD movies, possessions come and go.

      • BloodyBass

        I can’t argue with that. That’s all that I can hope for haha

  • Nothing333

    Let’s just hope they don’t keep it too real and end up using claymation for the finale. Because lets be honest , it really really didn’t stand the test of time.

  • St.Anger

    I agree with Nothing333. They should definatley make use of all the advances in special effects and not revisit the old techniques like claymation.

  • djblack1313

    Nothing333 are you saying you’d be fine with CGI?!! WTF?! (lol. i’m totally joking with you!). fortunately with this franchise (EVIL DEAD 1&2 at least) i don’t think much, if any, CGI would/should be used with possession/gore fx. i hope this turns out to be a decent if not great remake! and BloodyBass, maybe they cast her body (if they do the tree rape scene)?

  • rhill10

    I liked the first ‘Evil Dead’. I really hope they don’t botch this reboot like they’ve done with so many others.

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