FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead is headed to DVD and Blu-ray on July 16th. Hopefully the uncut version is on there as well, but we’ll have to see about that! It does have a lot of bonus features, so at least there’s that! Check out my review here. READ MORE
I feel like a lot of advertisers have lost focus on what advertising is. Many of the ads we see today just go through the motions, so much so that we literally block them out as they’re blasting across our small/big screens. I went to school for advertising, which is why I’m so incredibly sensitive to how something is being sold to me.
“9, the Creative Shop” out of Portugal has shared an extremely impressive print ad for Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead, which was placed into various newspapers back in April. Title Evil Dead: The Night of the Living Dead in Portugal, the poster was placed on the Obituaries page with a bunch of empty slots where the deceased announcements used to remain. Now that the dead are living, there’s no need for obituaries. “Clever girl,” as Muldoon would say.
What are some of the most memorable ads you’ve seen lately? This is a good exercise to show you how good/bad of a job they’re doing… READ MORE
Gremlins is being re-booted. Ghostbusters 3 is apparently being remade. I’m sure there’s a large audience for these somewhere out there, but after hearing from you guys it’s not necessarily people who make up the BD community. I think that’s a wise stance in some ways. I’m not saying these films can’t be good – it’s entirely possible that either one of them will turn out to be amazing – it just doesn’t seem likely.
A lot of this stems from simply looking at the components. How could it be good? What are we working with here? In the case of the above two movies (especially Gremlins) it’s sort of an unknown quantity at this point. But we do know that the way the current studio system functions, especially in regard to remakes, will make it difficult for these projects to sing in the way that their progenitors did. Hell, the Evil Dead remake did almost everything right in terms of studio approach and a lot of you still didn’t like it (not arguing with your opinions on this, just stating that they exist). It boils down to that, with these kinds of properties – or just even “wouldn’t this be awesome” concepts – we’re always looking at a “be careful what you wish for” scenario.
I suppose one of the first movies that got me thinking this way was Freddy Vs. Jason, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this August. I still remember heading to the theater on opening night, full of excitement, thinking, “how could this NOT be great?!” Less than 2 hours later I left the theater shaking my head, singing an entirely different tune, “how could I have ever thought this was a good idea?” READ MORE
Detroit metal masters The Black Dahlia Murder have released a stream of a new song entitled “Raped In Hatred By Vines Of Thorn”, which comes from their upcoming album Everblack. The album is slated for release on June 11th and can be pre-ordered here.
In a recent article we posted, vocalist Trevor Strnad describes his memory of seeing the original Evil Dead and how it influenced this track: “I remember the first time I saw Evil Dead… it was at my friend’s birthday party in 7th grade. It was recommended by the same older sister that had gotten us all into punk and heavy metal music… so we knew we were in for the real deal. The movie scared the unholy 13 year old shit out of us… we were terrified. I remember the possessions really affecting me… the way the people would contort and writhe was disturbing. The possessed had that awful way that they sounded when they spoke and howled… pretty insane as well. The vine rape scene was intense… I love the idea of the forest coming alive… so much so that I wrote a song about it many years later.”
Head on below to listen to the song. READ MORE
This month on the show, Tex and Lauren take their turn on the Evil Dead remake. Horror Guy Keenan shares his excitement over The Lords of Salem hitting theaters (all five of them.) We also tackle horror fans challenging questions from this season like “Is Hemlock Grove a major snooze fest?” and “Is that Zombieland TV series any good?” All this plus headlines, reviews and some NEW Rob Zombie!
FINALLY! The episode Danny! and Tim have been waiting for since the inception of Double Murder: THE EVIL DEAD!!! Does Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, The Evil Dead, still hold up after all these years, or is our reverence based purely on nostalgia? Will Fede Alvarez’s 2013 remake become just another name of the long list of remake failures, or can it live up to the high bar set by the original? Did Tim get a quote from Star Trek: The Next Generation tattooed on his knuckles? Will Danny! butcher everyone’s names? Are you going to listen all the way to the end of the episode? There’s only one way to find out: LISTEN TO DOUBLE MURDER!!! READ MORE
It’s the 20th episode of Aural Pleasures and we’re thrilled to actually have made it this long! Jonny and Bill are joined by Bill’s brother Dan for a roundtable discussion about everything under the sun, including Jurassic Park 3D, Evil Dead, Friday The 13th, and more.
The guys also chat some music, including the soundtracks to Halo 4 and Bioshock: Infinite as well as groups like Deftones and Rob Zombie‘s upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. They also go over the upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and figure out which bands Bill is excited to see! (Hint: it’s not Five Finger Death Punch)
Also, keep your ears peeled back for a guest appearance from one of our favorite bands, Tool! All this and a whole lot more, so give it all a listen below! READ MORE
If you thought that all it took was one Evil Dead remake, a Django Unchained, a Prometheus or a few mega-hit Hangover films to prove to everyone that R-rated movies can make money, you’d be wrong.
Take theater owners for example. Last weekend at the industry convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas many of them pleaded with the studios for less R-rated movies. Per The New York Times, John Fithian (president and chief executive of the National Association of Theater Owners) pleaded with studios, “Make more family-friendly films and fewer R-rated titles.”
While it’s true that box office revenues are up (due to ridiculously inflated ticket prices), actual attendance is down 12%. I’m sure that piracy is a part of this to some degree, but if there’s an actual content issue I’d say that Fithian is missing his target completely. While it’s true that nothing has the potential to perform commercially like a four-quadrant movie that adults and children can both connect with, plenty of those fail too. And you know which of those really bomb? The bad ones, typically (I’m making an exception here for the awesome and underseen Frankenweenie). Jack, The Giant Slayer, anyone?
Fithian claims that attendance has suffered, “under the weight of too many R-rated movies.” Wrong. It’s a QUALITY issue (in terms of both film and exhibition) – not a ratings issue. Movies today, especially studio movies, are drained of risk, personality and innovation to a startling degree. Studios are wrestling creative control away from all but their highest grossing filmmakers. Not only are audiences disappointed with the product, they’re practically harassed by cell-phone abusing jerks making it even more difficult to wring any kind of enjoyment they can out of whatever mediocrity they just paid $19 (before parking) to go see. There are many times I’m dying to see a film but decide against it because I’m not in the mood to yell at some guy texting in front of me that night. In fact, I’d say one of the reasons family films perform better is that families HAVE to go. What are you going to do with two screaming kids on a Saturday afternoon? They’re a somewhat captive audience. I imagine they don’t mind cell phone use as much because they’re just struggling to keep their kids still.
Mr. Fithian, please stop asking studios to further water down their product. Stop pleading with them to ignore risk and treat films like more of a commodity than they already do. I have another solution for you. Ask the studios to make better movies instead. Then, at the same time, do what you can to improve your end of the bargain. You don’t think you’re culpable in regard to falling attendance? If you’re going to charge those prices you should police your theaters and ruthlessly remove the *ssholes. Someone opens up their phone after the first 2 minutes of the movie? Boom. Kick them out. No second chance. Also, it might help to hire people who actually know how to project your DCP’s and get decent sound in the room. That’s what we’re ostensibly paying for, especially at the “premium theaters.” It’s offensive that you want to peg this issue on a rating. I guess you won’t be playing 21 Jump Street 2* or The Hangover 3* or The Heat, the next Tarantino film or the next R-rated horror film at your theater. None of those make any money, right?
Thanks to Andrew Gonzalez for point the NY Times piece out to us.
*I’m aware that I’m crossing the streams somewhat by adding sequels (especially the likely horrible Hangover 3) to the equation since sequels are “safe bet” thinking personified. Still, they’re R – so they must not be profitable.
Back in 2006 Scary Movie 4 took in a disgusting $40M in its opening weekend for Dimension Films. Either audiences have learned their lesson, or they have horror spoof fatigue after A Haunted House earlier this year – but either way, Scary Movie 5 failed to perform this weekend opening at the number 2 spot with an estimated $15,153,000 at 3,402 locations.
What’s more depressing is the -63.1% drop for Evil Dead, which landed $9.5M in the fifth spot. Still, the $41.5M total more than doubles the original trilogy’s gross! With a production budget of $17M, there’s no reason a sequel to the Fede Alvarez-directed remake shouldn’t still be in the cards. Expect a quick turnaround on that – and for studios to lighten up a bit on potential R-rated projects.
You can write your own review of both titles by clicking either link above… or just chime in below. READ MORE
Tim Seeley just completed his ongoing Hack/Slash series at Image Comics, but the adventures of Cassie Hack are far from over. Dynamite Entertainment announced today that Cassie will be crossing paths with Ash Williams in a new six-issue crossover event, “Army of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash”. The series takes place after the events of the recently concluded series as Cassie attempts to live a normal life until the Deadites attack. The first issue will be in comic shops everywhere in July. READ MORE
While FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead continues to be a #1 here in the states, not every fan that’s been dying to see it is getting the chance. Especially in Australia. It seems like an initial wide release for the film has been altered into a limited release in four theaters across the country – and one of those is for only one showing.
While I’m not sure about the hows and whys around the release plan, I would encourage anyone who clicks on those links to write something to be respectful. I’ve seen a lot of simplistic, angry and erroneous thinking on them – it’s important to realize that people listen more when you intelligently and respectfully plead your case. One way to not get your way is to threaten to steal the movie. Be more original!
The grand winner of our Deadite Of The Day contest is Trent Shy who submitted one hell of a claymation trailer for the new Evil Dead. Picking a winner wasn’t easy, we had 10 GREAT entries!!! But I feel that Trent’s efforts (combined with the fact that he qualifies for the grand prize because he lives in the US – many didn’t) seal the deal. In case you missed them – here are the prior winners! Deadite #1 Deadite #2 Deadite #3 Deadite #4 Deadite #5 Deadite #7 Deadite #8 Deadite #9 and Deadite #10
Trent will receive POSTER SIGNED BY THE CAST AND CREW of Fede Alvarez’s upcoming (awesome) Evil Dead remake.
Head inside to check out his video! READ MORE
You see that image above? And how it wasn’t in the movie? Well it ties into that piece. There WAS an alternate ending shot, but it didn’t play out exactly the way our source indicated. Therefore – and we’re big boys so we can admit this – the denial that Bruce Campbell issued was actually technically correct.
But there WAS something else. Head inside for more… READ MORE
FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead remake handily won the box office this weekend with an estimated $26 Million haul. That’s pretty impressive for an “R” rated horror film, especially one as gory as this. Interestingly enough – the film only scored a C+ cinemascore, which would seem to indicate that exit polling among randomly sampled attendees on Friday was mixed right down the line between “love it” and “hate it.”
While I had a total blast with the film, I understand how some could be disappointed. Evil Dead is a 31 year old property and means many different things to many different people. It’s had a lot of time to seep into the culture and become a part of people’s lives. It’s important to some for entirely different reasons than it is for others, so if remake isn’t in the aesthetic of whatever you hold Evil Dead up to be, I get it. And perhaps some viewers never recovered from some of the clumsiness in the 1st act.
Still, I’d be willing to bet that a good portion of that “C+” was people stumbling out of the theater disgusted, people who never wanted to be there but were dragged in by their super-fan significant other. Either way, it looks pretty good for Evil Dead 2 and I’m genuinely curious to see where Alvarez takes the franchise.
Now that Evil Dead is finally out, we can share a SPOILER HEAVY 4-part series of b-roll footage from behind-the-scenes of the film, taken last year on the New Zealand set.
The film features cast members Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, and Jessica Lucas, whom you’ll see working on set.
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film in theaters now “Five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths 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.”
Welcome to Ghosts of Gaming Past — here we’ll be reviewing older horror games, classics and non-classics we missed when they were originally released. Have a game you’d like reviewed? Send us an email.
Written by Hayden Dingman, @haydencd
Okay, reader, I can hear you puzzling this out in your brain. “If Hail to the King was the ‘Evil Dead’ of Evil Dead video games, and Fistful of Boomstick was ‘Army of Darkness,’ then Regeneration must be…Evil Dead 2!”
And you’d be wrong.
Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? Nazis, that’s who. His vibrant and imaginative art and stories pretty much defined my childhood. That and Friday the 13th marathons. Yeah, I was a strange kid. Speaking of strange, I can’t believe how natural these covers look. Even Pyramid Head looks less rapey.
The Internet can be a spectacular source for delightfully strange art, and these covers — designed by Australian artist DrFaustusAU — are a prime example of this. Check them out after the break.
Dimension Films’ Scary Movie 5 opens in theaters April 12. They were probably done last year, but then they saw the Evil Dead trailer and had to bo back and shoot this scene. Money well spent? Tell me once you’ve seen it!
Ashley Tisdale is the lead, while it also features Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Terry Crews, Marisa Saks, Erica Ash, Simon Rex, Molly Shannon, Roland Powell, Heather Locklear and Katt Williams.
It’s from the same producer as the third and fourth Scary Movie sequels. In the film from director Malcolm Lee, “Snooty, aloof, imperious, and oversexed French dance company director Pierre is putting on a new production. Jody (Tisdale), a Caucasian late-20s mother of two and her late-20s African American friend Kendra (Ash) are both vying for the lead in the production. Jody’s extremely controlling former dancer mother is determined that Jody will have the brilliant career that eluded her. The highly skilled mid-30s Diva veteran dancer with the company, Heather Daltry (Shannon), gets cut from the production and goes berserk.”
Scary Movie 5, which is said to be a reboot of sorts, will spoof: Black Swan, Paranormal Activity, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 127 Hours. There’s a better look at the gag inside. READ MORE
It’s now time for the final entry of our Deadite Of The Day contest. As we stated before (head inside for the full list of rules)! Winners will be announced daily from March 25th – April 5th (weekends excluded). And well, April 5th is today. Again, it’s kind of a bummer because this has actually been very rewarding for me. It’s a lot of fun to share these creations with the world and make true horror fans happy.
Today’s winner is Jay Woodley (along with Danielle Skelley for putting up with it)! I got a lot of Evil Dead cosplay pics but I think this was my favorite. In Jay’s (brief) words, “Hey guys! here is the costume i made a few years back. with REAL homelite xl chainsaw. Enjoy!”
Be sure to check back Monday to see who we announce as the grand prize winner! Whoever they are will receive POSTER SIGNED BY THE CAST AND CREW of Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake – in theaters today!
In the meantime, head inside for a better look at Jay’s work! READ MORE
FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead was officially released last night at 10PM, so I figure now is a good a time as any to re-post my review from last month’s SXSW Film Festival. I’ve seen the film once more since then, and my impression was largely the same – I pretty much loved it. It hits some snags in the first 30 minutes and some of the character beats are thin – but once it gets going it just flies. By then end of the last exhilarating hour I was so buzzed on the carnage I didn’t care about the flaws.
From my review, “It’s even gorier than you’re expecting. I seriously don’t have a clue as to how they wrangled an “R” rating here. Blood, pus, bone fragments, limbs and brains are flung around with playful abundance and the result is both punishing and exhilarating… This film doesn’t condemn its audience, it exalts it – and as a result it’s able to achieve a sustained symphony of carnage that energizes rather than exhausts.”
Directed by Fede Alvarez, the R-rated remake stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore and Jessica Lucas.
It’s time we started winding down our Deadite Of The Day contest. As we stated before (head inside for the full list of rules)! Winners will be announced daily from March 25th – April 5th (weekends excluded), and that means we are no longer open for submissions. Which makes me sort of sad, because this has actually been very rewarding for me. It’s a lot of fun to share these creations with the world and make true horror fans happy.
Today’s winner is Nathaniel Fitzgerald (along with Danielle Skelley for putting up with it)! They created a pretty awesome wedding shower invite! It’s this kind of commitment to the lifestyle that I can really get behind. In Nathaniel’s words, “My name is Nathaniel Fitzgerald, and I’m from Zombie Town, Pittsburgh, PA! I was thinking of posting pictures from my own Evil Dead collection of goodies, instead I thought I’d send the invitations I made for the wedding shower zombie party my wife and I had last October around Halloween!! You may have to blur out the phone number’s and address’s to post this online, but I thought you might like the “Edited” version of the original poster with Wedding Veil and Engagement Ring! Thanks!!!” I did indeed blur out their contact info – so the ugly smudges are mine, not theirs.
Head inside to check it out! And remember, there’s still ONE winner left to announce this week. READ MORE
Tomorrow sees the wide release of Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead and I personally am pretty much clawing at my skin to see it. One of the aspects of the film that I’m anxious to experience is composer Roque Baños‘ highly acclaimed score. Everything I’ve heard so far simply makes me think that it will be a terrifying yet brilliant composition. Below you can listen to two tracks from film: “Get Me Out Of Here” and “The Pendant/Evil Tango”.
On April 9th, LaLaLand Records will be releasing the soundtrack as a digital download AND as a deluxe CD edition, the latter of which will feature 25 minutes of additional music not featured in the digital download. The CD version of the standard edition will be available on Amazon and all other major online retailers May 7th.
“In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths 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.” READ MORE
Are you gearing up for your 10 PM showing of Evil Dead tonight? The film technically hits theaters this Friday, April 5th, but I suspect a lot of you will be heading in later this evening (my review here)! To celebrate, John Gholson over at Movies.com has created a cool infograph that compares stats from the original film to the upcoming remake.
In the film, “In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths 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, Lou Taylor Pucci, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore star.
Head inside to check it out! READ MORE
The new Evil Dead hits theaters this Friday, April 5th (or 10 PM tonight), but you already know my thoughts on it. If you’re a horror fan, it’s something you don’t want to miss. It hits a few bumps in the beginning – but once it gets going the film just flies along and it’s a gory, glorious blast (my review here)! Last weekend I sat down with stars Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas to talk about the physical rigors of the shoot – as well as Pucci’s innate fandom of the series. We also out one of the actors as having never seen the original film. Also, if you missed my chat with Jane Levy and Fede Alvarez, it’s right here.
In the film, “In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths 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 and Elizabeth Blackmore also star.
Head inside to check it out! Since there were four of us it was a very loose, rambling chat. READ MORE