WonderCon: Sony Pictures EVIL DEAD

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Well this is the scariest movie of the lot and I think Evil Dead had to redeem it’s name again for the newer generation as it was the scariest movie of the bygone generation and in this new Reboot version of the Evil Dead they are trying to do just that, making it a horror movie household name and a Benchmark for horror movies and so far they are doing a pretty good job at it the movie looks scary and creepy as hell ! Just have to wait and see when it’s finally released on April 5th.

A clip sequence from the film was also screened.  The bulk of it centered on Jessica Lucas and Lou Taylor Pucci’s characters, Olivia and Eric respectively.  Olivia, who was previously vomited on by Mia (Levy), is busy washing the bloody vomit off her face in the mirror, which promptly reflects her disfigured face before shattering.  As the camera pans to the Book of the Dead flipping to a page with the image of a disfigured character, Olivia becomes possessed by the demonic spirit, which takes control of her body (and loses control of her bladder).

 Eric, alerted by a slamming door, comes to check on Olivia and finds her shredding her own face with a shard of glass, just before she attacks him with it.  Olivia stabs him repeatedly with the glass before switching over to a syringe which she jabs into his face.  Eric, still alive, manages to dispatch Olivia with a a chunk of porcelain and a few well-placed shots to the head.

Recap of the highlights and banter from the Evil Dead panel:

  • Bruce Campbell talked about the process of bringing Evil Dead to the screen, starting with the discussion between an outright remake versus a sequel and moving to Alvarez’s involvement after a feature treatment of his short Panic Attack!landed in development hell.

  • Campbell wants a total of seven Evil Dead movies: four from the original franchise (including the new one headed up by Sam Raimi) and a new trilogy that starts with this year’s installment.

  • Alvarez said that the MPAA was very helpful and precise with giving an R rating to Evil Dead while not having to get rid of any scenes, though this is the hardest possible R a film could be. (Comparatively, the bloodless and implicit horror movie The Conjuring also earned an R rating for being “too scary.”)

  • Levy’s worst day on set was being buried alive with a plastic bag over her head, though she did cheat by having an oxygen tube hidden behind her ear.

  • Alvarez commented that he wanted real fear from his actors so that the audience could feel their emotions.

  • As a fan of the original film, Alvarez would ideally love to make a sequel to his version of Evil Dead and then connect that to Raimi’s new sequel, ultimately combining the two worlds for a massive finale.

  • Alvarez spoke to the challenge of making an Evil Dead film for both fans of the original and new audiences who have no knowledge of the franchise.  He did admit to adding a lot of nods and throwbacks to the original in his version, but stresses that, as a fan, he knows what other fans want to see in this film.

  • Levy commented more on the practical effects, such as the bloody vomit, which was pumped into her mouth through a hose that re-directed off of an inverted umbrella-shaped device at the back of her mouth.  She also said that she wanted to try a role that was different from her previous comedic efforts and that Evil Dead was the perfect opportunity.

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