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Bloody, Gory ‘Evil Dead’ Reboot Gets An Official “R” Rating!

I’ll admit that I was a bit nervous when director Fede Alvarez tweeted out that the MPAA had given the first pass of his Evil Dead an NC-17, equal to the kiss of death in the industry. I knew it could be trimmed, but I wondered just how many passes it would take to appease the old goons at the MPAA. Turns out, not that much.

The film, in theaters April 12 from FilmDistrict and TriStar, has officially been rated “R” for “strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.

And with that, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, “five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they 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.” Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, Jessica Lucas and presumably Bruce Campbell star.



  • Joe-Banger

    PG-13 is the real kiss of death! NC-17 isnt that bad. We’ll soon seen how good or bad this film will be.

  • flesheater24

    So I wonder how much was trimmed. Why can’t they just release the freakin NC_17 and R do NC-17 at nighttimes like 11 and 12 showings and R through out the other times /?? logic ?

    • DeathValzer

      Seeing the NC-17 version at midnight would be a kick ass night!

    • weresmurf

      Because that would probably cost the chains twice as much. They’re not going to likely advertise the NC17 version and a lot of cinema chains won’t carry it because of that factor. Just be happy with the fact it’s R rated for now. You’re coming out of the bullshit PG era with some proper horrors now… finally.

      • Aaron Emery

        There’s rules against releasing a film with two ratings during a theatrical run (I know, it’s dumb) DVD is a different story. The MPAA has always had every angle covered.

  • Call me greedy, but I am MASSIVELY disappointed now, so much I might not even see it. Just to know I’m not getting the full deal, it’s kind of disheartning.

    • Ravinus

      Seriously? That’s incredibly histrionic.It’s not like after they cut the movie they burned and destroyed the NC-17 material.

  • ThunderDragoon

    What was so bad that they had to cut out? I really hope we’re not missing out on any cool scenes.

    • Ravinus

      The MPAA said, “that scene is too cool, take it out. And, don’t you dare attempt to release an uncut version on blu ray.”

  • DeathValzer

    Let’s hope they release the original cut on DVD/Blu Ray.

    • Ravinus

      Do you really think that couldn’t happen?

  • CorbinRaven

    It’s guaranteed that the movie will have an unrated DVD/Blu-Ray release with the cut out footage. Ghost House Pictures is usually very good at releasing uncut versions of movies on DVD (ex. Drag Me To Hell). Even though I despise this kind of censorship with the passion of 1000 suns, it’s more than likely that as little as one scene was taken out. I’m not worried, and I will still show this film my support by seeing it in April!

  • Kroork

    Yeah as long as its not pg-13 I’m good 🙂

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Come on people, did anyone actually expect an NC-17 rating? Lets get real, as much as I would love a wide release NC-17 balls to the wall horror movie, it wont happen; it’s too risky for major studios. At least they made a movie they wanted to make, granted, they temporarily had to cut-it back for a theatrical release, but at least we’ll have an unrated video release.

  • djblack1313

    i hope everyone is still planning on going to the theater to support this movie that GAVE US WHAT WE WANTED!!PRACTICAL FX AND BARELY ANY CGI!!!

    let’s not forget that guys. ok? 🙂

    • WalkingDeadGuy

      I’m making all my non-horror movie friends go watch it too. 🙂

      • Aaron Emery

        Any self respecting horror fan should be doing everything they can to support R rated horror and practical effects. Everyone wants to complain when a director/ studio aims for a PG-13, Fede Alvarez went for the hardest R he could get into a wide release, that’s damn admirable if you ask me!

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  • Ravinus

    Well said dj.

  • xAshleyMariex

    Wait so… did they not cut anything??

    • djblack1313

      most likely and from the sounds of it the vine rape.

      • RalAgron

        that was the scene I’m most looking forward to :C

  • SawanBlood

    I’ve told at least 20 people about this movie and they’re all going to see it! Can’t wait… I even bought the shirt from TeeFury lol

  • At this point, I’m just happy that the film is anything rated higher than PG-13. If there is anything that grinds my gears, it’s a PG-13 horror film. This will keep the children out of the cinemas, and at least give us an adult oriented experience. Although I wish they had a special screening before the movie is released for those fans who want to see the movie in all of its NC-17 glory. I look forward to the Unrated Blu-ray.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Rated NC-17, rated R, rated PG-13, rated PG…….okay well maybe I’m going too far now. lol.

    Point is, I’m going to see this in theaters no matter what (hopefully on opening night). I watched Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake in theaters, I saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 in theaters, and I’ll be damned if I miss an opportunity to see the Evil Dead remake in theaters!

    • djblack1313


      • Zombie-Killa

        Fantastic news!!!!! And Bruce is right, I can’t wait anymore the suspense is killing me! lol.

  • chip85

    So in the states NC-17 is the highest rating, then R and then PG-13?

    Im in Australia and when I see R rating I get excited because R is the highest rating here (must be 18 or over to go), then drops to MA15+ (restricted to 15 & over unless you have adult supervision) so im guessing your NC-17 would be the same as our R.

  • RalAgron

    i saw on Bruce Campbell’s Twitter that the Evil Dead release date was changed to April 5 :l I hope its true :DD

  • Ress EZ

    If, like WalkingDeadGuy said, it’s too risky for the studio to release it with the NC-17 rating, why did they shoot it that way in the first place? The studio must know that genre fans are demanding their fave genre, the least, over the PG-13 rating. So if they pushed the envelope, why just not show it they way it is intended? I don’t understant.

    djblack1313, thanks for the new release date info! Once again you’re one step ahead from Mr. D!

    • Spike0037

      adding in more extreme gore than they wanted and went over the top so that the censors would allow more than they might otherwise, if you follow me. and @djblack1313 should be writing for this site. and @MrDisgusting really has to leave this site he took a good fun site and does this just for the money. he just does not put in the effort he did when he started this site.

      • Ress EZ

        However in this case, if it’s true the tree rape scene, which is what they want us to see, is being cut out, it means that they went over the top but the most important scene still didn’t make it into the screen. In other words, better don’t shoot the scene at all. Am I right?

        I’m not here make a fool of anybody. I admire commentors like you guys at the same time I still have high respect for Mr. D. For people like myself who only manage to get info from horror sites like Bloody Disgusting, he is still on the same level with God if not close. Though I have to say, you guys are climbing that ladder as well!

  • Is the rape scene going to be cut out? NO! I WANT that scene…if it were cut off, I’d buy the UNCUT Blu-Ray the moment they release it!

  • Spike0037

    What the fuck is up with some of you you birch that there remaking it. then you see the trailer and loss your shit and so fucking cool can’t wait. then you all hear it got an nc-17 and going ape shit. now it was it was cut to a R. now your all crying like a bitch. you all know when it hit blue-Ray what maybe we get 7 more min. and most of the cuts were most likely cutting away by 2 or 3 sec. it will be nothing major. (@djblack1313 I will be a waiting a good zinger from you)

    • djblack1313

      Spike, lol. i have no zingers, only love! 🙂

      • Spike0037


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