Yesterday saw Bruce Campbell drop a few hints as to what we can expect from the Evil Dead remake, and today it’s producer Sam Raimi’s turn to big up the film, describing it as “so bloody it will make your head spin”.
“I’ve seen almost all the dailies and they’re really going for it,” says Raimi, when asked about the gore content. “It’s gonna be grisly and intense and non-stop. Definitely R [ rated ]. Maybe worse.”
So we know there will be a fair amount of viscera on show, but what else can fans of the original film expect from Fede Alvarez’s remake?
“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,” says Raimi. “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 characterisations 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.”
Evil Dead opens in the UK on 12 April 2013.