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Sam Raimi Confirms Ash Will Not Be In The ‘Evil Dead’ Remake, Says The Movie Is ‘Gut-Wrenching’

Director Fede Alvarez is currently wrapping up photography on Evil Dead, FilmDistrict and Ghost House Pictures’ remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-hit horror classic, now filming in Auckland, New Zealand. The film was written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues (with a polish by Diablo Cody) is produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man); Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Bruce Campbell who played the popular Ash character in the original trilogy.

Now Raimi confirms what we’ve more or less been suspecting, that the character of Ash will not be in the remake. He told MTV, “No, that character’s not in this movie“. He also said that the new one is “gut-wrenching, scary and intense“. This all fits nicely with what I’m expecting from the movie so far. From what I’ve heard, this thing is intense and gory and stays true to the spirit of the original without copying its exact story. In other words, I’m expecting it to do what remakes are (at their best) supposed to do.

In the reboot, “Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.” A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie.

The film is due in theaters on April 12th, 2013. Head inside to watch Raimi discuss the remake.



  • Aaron Emery

    I will probably be murdered in my sleep by an insane fanboy for saying this, but I’m pretty excited for this! Worst case scenario I will always have the original.

    • BelaManiac

      I have to agree with you on this. I mean, it’s always kind of fun to see what they try to come up with and if it blows then shit! We can always watch the original.

  • sweet_machete

    Im sad 🙁 why do they have to remake EVERYTHING!

  • Murdock408

    The Evil Dead is one of my favorite horror films of all time. However I am still VERY excited for this version! >:]

  • NateCorran

    It’s more of a prequel to Cabin in the Woods than an Evil Dead remake, they just picked the Evil Book over the Diary (Deadites were even mentioned cameo-style in the film) This is a testament to the creatively backrupt movie industry, where even when we come up with a new way to tell a story (close as it may be to the original, the only things that seem the same are the setting and the book)but instead of making it something new and exciting, they slap a name on it was will create nostalgia and, in turn, cash. Mr. Raimi, I am sad to see how far you have fallen and unless Ted is one of the teenagers in this movie, I will most likely give it a pass.

    • EvanDickson

      I know a bit about the project and you’ve got or pretty much all wrong.

  • djblack1313

    does he mean gut wrenching as in emotionally or does he mean literally gut wrenching?

  • ttop33

    I cant wait to see everyone’s reaction when they slap a PG13 on the remake. I have no faith in Raimi’s judgement, he’s in it for the quick buck.

  • djblack1313

    ttop, i was thinking the same thing! lol. i have no doubt this will be given a PG-13 rating.

    • EvanDickson

      @djblack1313 there is NO WAY this gets a PG13. Trust me.

  • Marty McFly

    If this is PG-13 I will lose all faith in humanity. Evil Dead should always be rated R! I’m still on the fence with this remake, I’ll wait for a trailer to decide how I feel. Fingers crossed that this will end up being one of the good remakes.

  • mav07

    I don’t understand any of this. What made the original films great, were Raimi’s style and the crazy/goofiness of the Ash character. Why don’t they just call it something else if they don’t have either? It’s going to look like just another fucking zombie movie……….thats rated PG-13

    • deucide

      first of all it cant be another zombie movie when there are no zombies in the movie, it was demon possession. candarian demons to be precise. And SAM, Bruce and rob are all involved with this project so it will still have their style involved. and the other thing, the original evil dead was supposed to be a serious horror movie – not a crazy goofy movie. it was just a fluke that it turned out that way. they were all pretty inexperienced at the time. and if you look at the history of the movie, sam has “remade” the movie a couple times already. if you remember part 2, he more or less remade the first movie in the first 15 minutes or so of part two, and did the same in the first 15 or 20 minutes of part 3 to the sorry of 1 and 2. then released basically 2 completely different versions of part 3 and we all ( or most of us all anyway) loved all of it. SAM may not have wrote this version, but it has his approval obviously because is (i believe anyway) directing this along with Bruce and rob if i read right, so i have no doubt this movie will be worth watching. I am normally not a big fan of remakes, but from all footage i have watched on this, they have done a grate job. I don’t believe SAM would have allowed the project to have happened if he didn’t approve of it, and i think we all owe SAM the respect of trusting his judgment on this. I think this is more what SAM would have wanted back in the day had he the budget to work with that he has today.

  • mav07

    and in 3D

    • EvanDickson

      @mav07 it won’t be in 3d and it won’t be PG13. Trust me on this one.

      • Lauren Taylor

        That will be refreshing!

  • CurlyBurl

    As a big fan of the franchise, I’m looking forward to see how this one turns out. As for those complaining about how this might as well be a different movie – you’d complain about it being a rip-off of The Evil Dead if it was. Judge it on an individual basis when you’ve seen at least a trailer instead of preconceived bias.

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