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Bruce Campbell Has Seen The New ‘Evil Dead’ And Says “It’s Fabulous”!

Director Fede Alvarez recently wrapped up photography on Evil Dead, FilmDistrict and Ghost House Pictures’ remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-hit horror classic, that was shot 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 Campbell confirms to Digital Spy that he’s seen the movie – and that he knows why you’re probably concerned – but that it’s all groovy baby! “it’s going to take a bit to get the ‘Evil Dead’ fans behind it. We know we’ve pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn’t screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie… You don’t want to remake something shot-for-shot. I can’t believe they remade ‘Psycho’ – what the hell kind of a waste of celluloid is that? It’s a creative medium. The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though granted Sam Raimi is a mad genius, so we got a crazy result like Evil Dead out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing.

The film is due in theaters on April 12th, 2013. I was onset recently and while I can’t say much – I don’t think you should worry either. And head inside for more quotes from Campbell! He goes on to talk a little bit about the film’s structure and how it differs from the original.

On how it’s different from the original. “There’s none of the original characters. We didn’t want to compare apples with apples. It’s a contemporary movie – just like Evil Dead was contemporary in 1979, this is contemporary for young adults now. It’s basically five new kids who are going to have a really bad night with a brand new director – Fede Alvarez, who was handpicked by Sam Raimi. I’ve seen it already; I think it’s definitely fabulous.

Will he be making a cameo? “I’m not at liberty to discuss that. But the thing is we want it to be a standalone movie. You’re going to have some references [to the original] in there and there’s going to be things the fans will enjoy as far as familiar aspects, but it’s a whole new ball game.



  • porcupinetheater

    So basically, he will indeed be making a cameo, is what it sounds like, at least.

  • doomas10

    i guess that calms me a bit but on the other hand he is the producer – what can he say? “Oh yeah i saw it and it was the worst piece of s*** ever”? Don’t think so. Oh well, i guess he can say that like Carpenter did in that dreadful “Fog” remake – Basically i am the producer and that’s it 😛

  • SkeleTony

    “The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to…”

    So basically Raimi is going to continue spitting on his heritage and use CGI everywhere possible.

    I’ll see it when it comes out, but I’m pretty sure this movie is screwed.

    • EvanDickson

      @SkeleTony – he means the practical effects will be better. It’s mostly practical.

    • Nothing333

      Have you seen evil dead on blu ray? The effects are super primitive they do not hold up for all the zeal and finesse of the movie

  • Marty McFly

    Well yeah, the guy’s not going to rag on a movie he’s producing. Either way, I’m still curious to see what they did with it. I always give remakes a chance.

  • Aaron Emery

    Would it hurt to be a little positive for a change? Man, I’m started to dread these comment sections for fear of being hit with a negativity bomb.

  • djblack1313

    Aaron Emery, i dare you to go to & read any comments there and then come back here and say that. lol. the comments on this site are %100 positive and loving compared to that site.

    i’m skeptical of what Bruce says. i’ll feel better once i know the movie is R RATED and the fx aren’t CGI and so over the top (like in THE THING “prequel”).

    • EvanDickson

      @djblack1313 I don’t think you have anything to worry about with either one of those concerns.

      • Aaron Emery

        As long as that’s true I think it’s shaping up to be a pretty solid old- school horror flick. I’m pretty excited for it.

  • djblack1313

    if Bruce said “DRAG ME TO HELL” is fabulous too then i know i won’t like this movie.

    • djblack I would LOVE to know what you thought was wrong with DMTH. I though that was a great movie. Some decent jump scares with some hilarious moments. It was a movie that was just out to entertain and didn’t take itself seriously. Great popcorn movie.

      • Michael_M

        I was also very disappointed in DMTH. It’s been a while since I saw it, but my main objection was that it’s too derivative of his earlier work. Nothing original. For example, the seance scene at the end the characters levitate off their chairs and speak in possessed voices. There is a very similar scene in Evil Dead where characters levitate, even their body position was similar. He rehashed stuff thinking a young audience won’t know or remember, but that’s not an excuse. I found it boring.

      • Nothing333

        It was a neutered and disneyesque version of Evil Dead with zero scares, little gore, a silly and unconvincing plot. It was Raimi phoning it in and it was reprehensible.

        • djblack1313

          Trace, what Nothing333 said. 🙂

          • Miikesmama

            You people are strange. if he did something completely different you would all accuse him of jumping on some bandwagon, but no, he stays true to his STYLE and that is bad. Raimi feels at home with this kind of Horror, you could even argue he invented it with Evil Dead, he stays true to himself, his vision and his roots, and you aren’t satisfied? I would really like to hear some critizism of the film that is not based on “Raimi’s been there, done that”…
            And come on, he made the film for US; the fans. He made so much money with the Spiderboy-series, no one can tell me he financially NEEDED to make a Horrorcomedy with Justin Long and the girl from Tricks.
            Ts ts, what do you want, Raimi-Hostel/Paranormal Activity/some other bullshit?

        • Miikesmama


          ok let’s see – zero scares- Evil Dead has zero scares neither.
          Little gore- the old lady sucking the girl’s jaw is ten times more disgusting than anything in the ED-trilogy
          A silly and unconvincing plot – did you seriously just say that??? In comparison to ED? Seriously?

          • Nothing333

            I still stand by the statement that it was a neutered Evil Dead mainstreamed to a wide audience. But hey we are all entitled to our opinions. Evil dead was very hardcore for the time. It can definitely be viewed as campy today.

  • That_One_Guy

    I’m a little more willing to see this now that it has Bruce’s blessing. I still don’t have high expectations though.

  • flesheater24

    I hope this is going to be awesome. I am having huge faith in this. I am a huge evil dead fan

  • EvilHead1981

    “It’s a contemporary movie – just like Evil Dead was contemporary in 1979, this is contemporary for young adults now.”

    ^That bothers me a bit, only because how contemporary movies for young adults are generally handled nowadays. I think, back then, attitude regarding various topics were handled more laid back. They broke out the joints like it was nothing and it was just sooo…. casual(and realistic). Now, I can totally see the characters make a big deal about breaking out the weed, almost like they’ve never did that before. “Oh, time to smoke some GOOOOD shit! Yeah! Break out the weed, break out the beer. We’re gonna get stoned and fuckin drunk! Partay!!”. Of course, seemingly one of the characters is going through rehab(cold turkey), though that’s for, like heroin or crack(I forget what they said it was). She’s still probably going to knock back a few brewskies, take a drag off a roach and act like the others. That’s the worst case scenario, though.


    I’ll see it regardless. I don’t understand the concern over cgi, it doesn’t really seem like the type of movie that needs it. the thing remake i understood the need for SOME cgi but they did go overboard (had the studio listened to the fans on that maybe more people would have overlooked the lazy plot). I’m betting this is one of the better reboots we’ll see and I really don’t think Bruce is lying. People tend to forget that Carpenter’s comments of The Fog remake were pretty clearly full of sarcasm. Just for the record, DMTH was pure shit

  • ThunderDragoon

    Good to hear.

  • Evil_Nik

    Not all too jazzed about them remaking it, but interested to see what they came up with. But I’m not holding my breath.

  • nyrebellion

    Already a predictable waste of money.

  • elbastardo1b

    They did it…. End of story

    • zog71

      Just want to say that I like your user name. Makes me laugh.

  • Necro13

    this is the first i am hearing of a remake of “Evil Dead”. Now im gonna go change my underwear cause i just sh*t my f*ckin self…

  • ZombiesAteMyNeighbors

    I love the Evil Dead series and especially Bruce Campbell. I won’t lie I hate they are remaking this but it’s going to be hard to not at least watch it once. I doubt I would go see it on the big screen but probably just rent it. Sitting in a theater it probably wouldn’t keep me into it because the entire time I would have “THERE IS NO ASH IN THE EVIL DEAD?!?”


    Yea….I’m gonna pass. This one they should have left alone.

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