Director/Producer Sam Raimi “Reimagines” Evil Dead!

Once in college, an instructor posed the question: “When is an art piece truly finished? Is it when the artist places their signature at the bottom of the painting, is it after the last chisel stroke, is it when they are done with the final edit?” The class threw out some of  vague answers. “No”, he replied. “Its when that artist is dead!”

Sam Raimi

Having said that it seems that Producer/Director Sam Raimi who isn’t dead yet, along with his production company Ghost House pictures are in the middle of a remaking his own 1981 cult classic “The Evil Dead”.

“What we’re working on– Evil Dead just finished shooting, [director] Fede Alvarez did a fantastic job of it. It’s original, it riffs on the original, but it’s a completely original thing unto itself. It’s really intense, it’s got great performances from all the actors, even though I only saw a really early cut of it.”

When asked how close to the original he intended to keep this reimagining he says:
“I guess it’s a reimagining. I’ve always hated that word. It’s not the same characters. It is a about a group of 5 characters who go up to a cabin and find a book of the dead. Even thought it riffs on the original material, it’s a completely different thing unto itself. “

Sam explains why he and his production company GHOST HOUSE PICTURES decided to remake his own 1981 cult classic The Evil dead and turn of events brought them there he had this to say:
“They aren’t making this kind of movie right now. I think the audience likes to see something different, especially the horror audiences. They’re hungry for things that are new. To make another found footage movie wouldn’t be good for me. Horror works in trends, which is fine. I just want right now Ghost House to make a different, original type of pictures, and I think Alvarez’s take, even though he’s seen the original Evil Dead, is totally original. I think it’s going to shock the audience. I haven’t seen anything like it in a while.”

Do you promise that this will be GOOD?!

Mr. Raimi was asked how different this film would be and what the fans should expect?
“Well, I always thought that Evil Dead was a little campfire story that you tell at a camp to kids to scare them at night.  But, I don’t think anybody thought it was a beautifully produced, theatrical experience.  It was shot in 16mm, all the effects were done for a quarter, and I always thought it could be done in a big screen movie type way that was really high quality with photographic effects.  It could still be just as gritty, but it could be done in stereo and not just mono, and it could be done in 35mm versus 16mm.  There were a lot of ways to improve it.  There could be much better writing than I was capable of, at the time, as an 18-year-old kid writing that screenplay.  And honestly, the directing could be a lot better, and the characterizations could be better.  I was very happy with it, but it was something that was crudely done and I thought deserved re-exploration.  I thought it would be fun and, in fact, it has turned out to be a tremendous amount of fun because it’s like an old melody that you write and you’ve brought in this really great, cool, young, hip jazz musician, and he’s riffing on it and showing you places it could go that you never dreamed.  It’s very exciting for me.”

Sam promises that this movie will not only get an R Rating but be “So bloody that it will make your head spin.”

Well, we are waiting patiently to see the remake, reboot, reimagining or whatever it is…at least its his property to do with what he wants to and hes not remaking the Exorcist!  Now THAT would make my head spin!


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