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No CGI At All In The New ‘Evil Dead’?!!

Director Fede Alvarez has stated that there is absolutely NO CGI in his upcoming Evil Dead remake. I’m not sure if this statement includes stuff like enhancements or some wire removal here and there (and I wouldn’t care if it didn’t) but the overall gist is that any big, gross gag you might see onscreen was 100% done in-camera and onset.

Speaking with io9 he said, “We didn’t do any CGI in the movie. There’s no CGI in the movie. Everything you will see is real, which was really demanding. This was a very long shoot, 70 days of shooting at night. There’s a reason people use CGI it’s cheaper and faster, I hate that. We researched a lot of magic tricks and illusion tricks. [Like] how you would make someone’s arm disappear.

That last bit, about the illusions, sells it for me. I absolutely think its possible to create all kinds of magic (vines coming out of a mouth, arms being chopped off – various other sh*t I can’t tell you about yet) with a little slight of hand.

Evil Dead hits theaters on April 12th, 2013. Head inside for a quote on the insanely bloody ending!

There’s a moment where a girl goes through her arm with a kitchen knife — spoiler alert. And we knew since day one the camera would start wide, she goes for the knife, you see her arm, she starts going for it. And you think they’re going to cut away at any moment, but we don’t. She just goes for it and screams and the arm breaks and falls. So we really pushed the boundaries there, trying to create those illusions… It has a particularly bloody ending. The last scene is just…I want it to be the bloodiest scene, ever. And I think it is.



  • DarrelDreadful

    Most. Anticipated. Movie. Of. The. Year. For me anyway – cant wait for the opening day to get here in April. Even if this movie doesn’t turn out as good as I hoped for, which Im sure it will, I got to give everyone involved credit for at least trying to put out true horror movie that happens to be a remake or whatever you want to call it. The direction looks great, effects are beautiful, the acting seems way above average, and the overall tone seems insane.

  • mfcmk1

    I’m so glad there is no CG. I hate CG. It ruined movies. Look what happened with The Thing prequel.

    Anyways, I cannot wait to see this!!

  • STRIK9

    For real? I cant believe they didn’t take the easy way out and use cgi.It will definitely make it a better film for sure.For a re-imagining of ‘evil dead’, this shit is gonna be great.

  • xAshleyMariex

    Good, im glad they aren’t using CGI. Its going to look great

  • Zombie-Killa

    Fantastic news. The Thing remake/prequel featured too much CGI, and it was a giant shit-fest.

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    • omer135

      The Thing prequel was great including the special effects.

      • Zombie-Killa

        You’re obviously trolling, because anyone in their right mind wouldn’t label The Thing prequel “great.” I could understand “average”, or “guilty pleasure,” but great? No….just no.

        • EvilHead1981

          I think the Thing prequel was good, not great. A little above average in my book, and better than 95% of the shit that’s released nowadays.

          • Aaron Emery

            THE THING 2011 had its moments but there’s no way anybody could say it was “great” with any honesty. It was entertaining enough but the CG was hilariously bad, it’s a prime example of how NOT to use it!

          • piobman

            I don’t claim to have seen 100% of all horror movies out there… of what I have seen it ranks in the bottom 25% of those I’ve watched (there are a ton better out there with far less budget). It claims to be a prequel, but instead is a remake (poorly executed). While not bad… it is not good. Really there is no reason to even watch the movie (this coming from a huge fan of the carpenter version). I actually grew bored of the final action sequence and the CGI was pretty bad by any standard. Aaron is being far too nice, I honestly don’t remember any moments that stood out to me.

      • huntermc

        I thought the Thing prequel was pretty good, but yeah, the overuse of CGI in most modern horror movies is distracting. Because in most cases, it obviously still looks like CGI.

  • Aaron Emery

    The practical effects in the original were half the charm! As dated as they look its still better than CG bullshit (TC3D meat grinder anyone?) It seems like a lot of effort has been put towards making this a worthy remake.

    • omer135

      modern CGI effects are not all that bad i couldn’t care less if they used CGI or practical effects.

  • coldblood

    Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more excited to see this. That is some GREAT NEWS!!! We all have to get behind this movie. If it makes a lot of money the studios will finally stop giving us crappy remakes and give us more like this.

  • ggium24

    OMG my face is in a dirty plastic bad WTF?

    • Aaron Emery

      I love that it’s a ziplock bag! Somebody took the time to zip that shit.

      • ggium24

        hi honey i’m Elizabeth Blackmore, nice to meet you 😉 you probably know that i’ll be the NEW SCREAM QUEEN of all time

        • viking1983

          are you really Elizabeth Blackmore?

          • ggium24

            ehm yeah…. the real and the only one. What do you think about my performance in Evil Dead?

        • pantenkind

          If it is you then awesome for coming out and hanging with the true fans of horror on the only horror site that matters. If you’re just trolling then you suck for making me type this.

          • ggium24

            oh pantenkind, you are so mean(girl) with me 🙁 i’m Elizabeth Blackmore, the new hot blonde scream queen of all time!!! follow me on tweet <3

      • huntermc

        Yeah, zip up that baggie. You don’t want any of the evil to leak out and contaminate the groundwater.

  • lucscs100

    NO GCI?! How did they burn the girl? In the trailer, we can see her face screaming in agony, in the fire!

    • burn gel on her face, you can get away with a few seconds of it on bare skin before it starts to warm up.

  • lucscs100

    NO GCI?! How did they burn the girl? In the trailer, we can see her face screaming in agony, in the fire! I’m starting to think they actually burned someone down! OMG! LOL

    • WalkingDeadGuy

      Lol, I was thinking the same thing.

  • djblack1313

    there is most definitely without a doubt some CGI/CGI touch ups used in this. look at the pics of Olivia cutting her face (very much CGI touch ups used there) as well as the burning girl. i’m not complaining since this movie looks fucking awesome but they need to stop saying there’s absolutely NO CGI in this. there is CGI in this.

    • EvanDickson

      I used the caveat above that there might be enhancement. But you never know. Who’s to say the burning girl isn’t an animatronic likeness?

      • weresmurf

        Been checking out the trailer on youtube a fair bit now (see my post below) and Im convinced now the director isnt lying, the fire body, looks like its a rubber body, smeared with the fire retardent jelly most likely, then set alight. Looks very convincing. It’s quite shiny but it doesn’t look like cgi when you look closely.

  • EvilHead1981

    When Mia’s vomiting the pink liquid, it looks total CG, unless they are actually going for Linda Blair “choicely hidden tubes” on her neck.

    • weresmurf

      Just checked out the trailer again, if you look, the vomit comes out slightly to the left of her mouth, if you slow the frames down on youtube. They’ve simply taped the tubes tightly to the left of her mouth. Well done too, looks like its coming right out of her mouth!

      Im still skeptical though about:

      The vines coming out her mouth (it looks like it?)
      The fire.

  • KorovaMilkbar

    finally a movie that I actually want to see on the big screen.

  • Nothing333

    I call bull on this and could care less anyhow. Just be entertaining.

  • lucie-with-a-gun

    idk about this.
    the open cheek, the vines, the fire.
    the split tongue has the texture of cgi.
    it is pretty lol that this is the perfect thing to say to the genre fans.
    if indeed it is all practical, it will make for some great behind the scenes disc extras.

    • sadiesaidhorror

      WORD. Another way to get us horror watchin’ fools in the theater. I wanted to say no CGI “not including image retouching” in the fine print.

  • flesheater24

    Wait there has to be some CGI. like how the fuck do you cut your tounge ? unless they used a fake tounge in her mouth. And the fire part can easily be done they just use a stunt person. The vine part is easy too they could have people on the bottom with twigs and move them around and just shoot a twig coming from the side of her mouth. I believe it could be done but some parts seem CGI like the flooding ??? how did they do that did the flood a real part LMFAO.

  • pyrepunk

    So glad to hear this. Someone seems to actually be putting in great effort to a remake for once which is awesome, because it might actually be a worthy and enjoyable remake. 🙂

  • ThunderDragoon

    I can’t say how happy this makes me. This has to be the best movie of 2013.

  • Pink

    I`m a HUGE fan og the original and I think this will rock! But most of the other users here gonna hate it when you see it.

    It`s gonna be the biggest hate fest on the internet! Mark my words boys and girls…..When you remake a film like The Evil Dead, you just can`t win. Prometheus anyone? Everybody LOVED that trailer…..and almost everybody hatet the final movie. Same thing gonna happen with this I`m afraid 🙁

  • DrRhubarb

    It will be cut so hard here in Germany. Will probably have to wait for a DVD/Bluray release, but I’m so stocked seeing this movie.

  • MidnightMayhem

    HALLELUJAH! SOMEONE FINALLY GETS IT! Hopefully it will start a trend. My expectations have been put so high for this movie. With no CGI, this is going to be the film the Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell would have made in 1981 if they had more resources and an unlimited budget. It will be more gore, more blood, and more HORROR.

  • lilmarkuk

    oh thats funny because in the trailer there is a person set alight with cgi fire HAHA

  • djblack1313

    REGARDING THE GIRL ON FIRE…(from the Shocktilyoudrop set visit report….Alvarez tells how they did that fire scene)……..

    Alvarez shared the actual breakdown of practical effects versus those done in post with us. “The effects are 95% practical. We are not doing any CGI. The other 5% are real post effects. For example, you are going to see some fire today. But, on the scene, there will be no fire. Then, we will reshoot the scene and add the fire, because, we don’t want to kill the actors. We don’t do CG blood. Everything that we do is real, it’s practical. Sometimes a post effect will just mean that you put two real things together.”

  • Evan3

    I am not automatically anti-CGI. I have seen just as much awful practical fx (Critters, Plan 9) and plenty of great CGI (Gollum, Dr. Manhattan). But, what is great about this, is that they are really devoted to getting this right. I find it hard to believe anything will be bloodier than Dead Alive! But, I am completely sold on the trailer.

  • Ravinus

    Well stated, Evan3. I don’t automatically hate on CGI. However, when a CGI remake/reimagining is made of a movie that was originally full of groundbreaking practical effects, then I get a little bitter. It’s lazy and shitty. (Alexander Aja excluded)

  • daruckus

    I’m surprised what they give an R rating these days.

    Screw it, bring on the gore!

  • Boss-Ski-Mask

    This news gives me a huge husband bulge.

  • livingdeadgirlEDF

    Nothing is going to beat the classic…Bruce Campbell owns that shit:) hail to the king baby.. But im kinda excited to see it so hope its worth it 🙂

  • Venom-man4

    If the movie is like the trailer then this will be a great movie. Horror movie of the year maybe.

  • stevenwjess

    No CGI? Perfect, like the classics. Tarantino doesn’t use CGI, and he can still score a 10/10 for effects.

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