First Cut of the 'Evil Dead' Remake Received NC-17 Rating from MPAA
Admit it. When you first heard that a remake of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell's cult classic Evil Dead was in the works, you rolled your eyes just like the rest of us. But as time passed, things have actually started to look pretty good for director Fede Alvarez's take on the cabin in the woods story. Campbell himself called the remake "fabulous," the marketing claims this is "the most terrifying movie you'll ever experience," and the red-band trailers have been pretty damn insane so far. Now, Alvarez adds to the buzz by tweeting (via STYD) that the film's first cut got an NC-17 rating. Could this be that bloody and scary?
I just saw The Evil Dead for the first time a couple of years ago and I was just as skeptical as everyone else when this remake was announced, especially considering Jennifer's Body writer Diablo Cody wrote revisions to the screenplay. But the red-band trailers look scary as hell, and since Raimi and Campbell are on board as producers, I'm confident that this remake is in good hands. Alvarez was hand-picked by Raimi, and it looks like he was the right guy since Alvarez tells a fan that the film received an NC-17 from the MPAA when its first cut was sent in for review, even though it will be R-rated in the end:
Was proud of scoring a NC17 when submitted! But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters.
— Fede Alvarez(@fedalvar) January 28, 2013
The fact that Alvarez was "proud" of the NC-17 rating should mean a lot for horror fans. We've seen disappointments in this department before as Guillermo del Toro talked about how proud he was that Don't Be Afraid of the Dark received an R rating for "pervasive scariness," and that movie ended up being terrible. But Evil Dead is starting to look like it might live up to the seemingly impossible claim on its poster.
It's also important that this Alvarez wasn't bragging about the NC-17 rating as part of some marketing ploy: he was just talking to a fan about the movie, which makes this whole thing seem more genuine than some calculated hype machine revving into overdrive. Evil Dead has its world premiere at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival, and hits regular theaters on April 12th, 2013.