With the “Evil Dead” remake about to hit theaters, fans of the original movies prepare for the release with trepidation, hoping that the new movie lives up to the cult classics it follows. However, two men who have all the faith in the world that the movie will live up to the hype are the original film’s star Bruce Campbell and director Sam Raimi. The two, along with producer Rob Tapert, return to produce this remake after working together to make the original and its two sequels.
Not only are they confident this movie will live up to the originals, but Bruce Campbell said that he was interested in merging the new movie with the original trilogy and having a film where his character of Ash meets the lead character in the new movie, a female character of Jane. That would definitely be an interesting proposition as Campbell is also talking about an “Army of Darkness 2,” which would be the fourth movie in the original “Evil Dead” series and allowing Fede Alvarez to create an “Evil Dead” sequel to his remake before combining them in the seventh movie.
“The Evil Dead” and “Evil Dead 2”
The entire franchise began with a low budget horror movie by three college kids from Michigan. With a camera and a small cast and crew, Sam Raimi headed out to the cabin in the woods to shoot his little horror movie, a film that ended up creating a new genre of amazing low-budget splatter horror films in the same vein. Filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Stuart Gordon, two men now considered legends. “The Evil Dead” used all practical effects using anything Raimi could come up with to get the shots he needed.
For “Evil Dead 2,” Raimi pretty much just re-told his story with some minor changes and more money. He continued to use practical effects but also played with some special effects to pull off stunts he couldn’t with the first movie. It was not as charming as the original, but added comedy, which Raimi labeled “splatstick,” and remains one of the most beloved horror movies of all time. It also ended with the lead character of Ash swept magically into the past in a puzzling cliffhanger end.
“Army of Darkness”
That led to “Army of Darkness,” the continuation of that cliffhanger ending where Ash was in the past and had to fight the demons in a land of swords and sandals. This time around, Ash had a shotgun, chainsaw and a ton of one-liners, and the movie was very much a comedy with great action as he led the primitives against the evil deadites. The movie was shot with two different endings. The one that stuck had Ash back in his real time for one final battle in the hardware store he worked at. However, the other ending had him waking up in the far future, in a land destroyed by an apocalypse. That is where hardcore fans want to see “Army of Darkness 2” pick up.
“Evil Dead” remake
Fede Alvarez made some major changes to the story, replacing Ash with a drug addicted female, and the friends are there to help her detox. Because she is an addict, no one believes her when she tells them the deadites are coming until it is too late. The movie is much more disgusting and graphic than the originals, and like the first movie, there is no humor here. However, Alvarez continued Raimi’s love for practical effects and used no CGI, hoping that helps him win over the legions of “Evil Dead” fans. How this movie does will determine whether there is a sequel and an eventual team up with Ash in the future.
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