Bruce Campbell Has Seen the 'Evil Dead' Remake, Calls It 'Fabulous'
Fans of Sam Raimi's original Evil Dead films haven't exactly been thrilled with the concept of director Fede Alvarez's remake set in modern times and slated for an April 2013 release, but here's something that could help sway public opinion in favor of the new movie. Digital Spy (via GeekTyrant) sat down with Bruce Campbell, the star of the original films who's also producing the upcoming remake, and asked him to give some of his thoughts about it. He calls it "definitely fabulous," so maybe this will get fans ears to perk up and give this remake a chance instead of blindly writing it off before they have a chance to see it.
They know they've upset horror fans and even Campbell is aware of the negative buzz surround this. Here's what he originally told Digital Spy about the project: "We're really excited and really behind it, [but] it's going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we've pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn't screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie." We can only hope that's true. Campbell goes on to talk about the look of this one:
"The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though granted Sam Raimi is a mad genius, so we got a crazy result like Evil Dead out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing."
That amateur and nitty-gritty Sam Raimi feel of the first film was partially responsible for the movie's success, so hopefully the filmmakers can find some way to translate a new style to modern audiences in a way that will resonate with them in the same way it did with crowds back in 1979. The Evil Dead films put Campbell & Raimi on the map and were a jumping-off point for their careers, and the movies are still loved today (check out this awesome tribute). So it only makes sense to ask: will we see Campbell in a cameo?
"I'm not at liberty to discuss that. But the thing is we want it to be a standalone movie. You're going to have some references [to the original] in there and there's going to be things the fans will enjoy as far as familiar aspects, but it's a whole new ball game."
Sounds like a veiled "yes" to me. He probably would have straight up said "no" if he wasn't in it, so I'd bet good money that Campbell will appear in some degree (even if he's just walking through the background). He's Raimi's good luck charm, after all, appearing in the Spider-Man films and even doing some work on Raimi's upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful. But one thing is for sure: he's not just making another Evil Dead film to cash in on the popularity of the first one. Campbell goes on to clear the air:
"Our only obligation to the viewer is that we don't give them a piece of s**t. It's going to wind up being a very handmade movie, Fede Alvarez is so far from being a hack - we didn't get some 18-year-old director who just wants to make his movie look cool. We got a guy who is an adult."
"I think people will be pleasantly surprised that it's not something that was cranked out, where no-one gives a crap. We were involved in casting, we were involved in everything. We're all over that movie like a cheap suit, so if it blows it's our responsibility."
With Ash himself giving his stamp of approval, perhaps this will be enough to get fans who were previously on the fence about this project fully on board. It sounds like they're going in a totally new direction, and with Raimi hand-picking his protege Alvarez for the director's chair here, might we see a new talent emerge like Neill Blomkamp or Joe Carnahan (proteges of Peter Jackson and Tony Scott, respectively)? For more from Bruce Campbell on this remake and plenty of other fun stuff, head over to Digital Spy. We'll keep you guys updated on this Evil Dead remake as they progress towards release next April. Thoughts now?