Fede Alvarez’s remake of Evil Dead starring no one you’ve heard of opens April 2013 and the first teaser dropped at New York Comic Con over the weekend, a bootleg of which just hit the web and you can watch below (quickly, it’ll probably get pulled off faster than one of your mom’s houseguests). I’m as skeptical of remakes as anyone, but Sam Raimi reportedly hand picked Alvarez for the job himself. Also, no CGI:
How much CG is in the movie?
Fede Alvarez: We didn’t do any CGI in the movie. There’s no CGI in the movie. Everything you will see is real, which was really demanding. This was a very long shoot, 70 days of shooting at night. There’s a reason people use CGI it’s cheaper and faster, I hate that. We researched a lot of magic tricks and illusion tricks. [Like] how you would make someone’s arm disappear.
There’s a moment where a girl goes through her arm with a kitchen knife — spoiler alert. And we knew since day one the camera would start wide, she goes for the knife, you see her arm, she starts going for it. And you think they’re going to cut away at any moment, but we don’t. She just goes for it and screams and the arm breaks and falls. So we really pushed the boundaries there, trying to create those illusions… It has a particularly bloody ending. The last scene is just…I want it to be the bloodiest scene, ever. And I think it is. [i09]
He also says that the raping tree bit is “way more terrible than the original.” He’s saying all the right things (I’m a sucker for trees that rape), but the best thing about Sam Raimi is that he always seems to embrace the silliness of whatever he’s making. Whenever people remake movies, especially horror, all they ever seem to think about is “BRO, HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS EVEN MORE BADASS?!?” But really, the challenge is capturing the goofyness. I was back in Fresno over the weekend, and everyone’s t-shirts had pictures of dragons choking each other out on them. I promise, guys, we’re already pretty well stocked on “badass.”
It starts out a little blurry, but it evens out. Hopefully they’ll put the official version online soon. Also, I think the villain is that Afghan girl from National Geographic: