Sam Raimi Talks "Gut-Wrenching" EVIL DEAD Remake And THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Director of Oz The Great and Powerful Sam Raimi shares his thoughts on Fede Alvarez's upcoming Evil Dead remake and reveals that despite talking to Marc Webb on numerous occasions, he has yet to see The Amazing Spider-Man despite being "super-curious".

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By Josh Wilding - 7/19/2012
Sam Raimi's Evil Dead is a cult classic, so the news that it is being remade by Fede Alvarez has been met with a great deal of trepidation from fans. However, Raimi is seemingly very happy with how the film is coming along, telling MTV News that it is very much its own thing and, "really gut-wrenching, real low budget and intense." Oh, and Ash? He most definitely won't have any sort of role in this one despite speculation. Meanwhile, in another interview with the site, he reveals that he has yet to see The Amazing Spider-Man, but has a great deal of respect for director Marc Webb. "I have not seen it yet but I hear it's great. It's not weird at all. I've spoken to him a number of times. I've run into him. We've commiserated together. I like him very much. I respect him as a filmmaker and I think the movie is going to be great." Unfortunately, if you live outside of the US, you won't be able to watch either of the interviews and MTV News hasn't provided a full transcription for them!





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AnonymousGuy - 7/19/2012, 10:35 AM
Well.......Raimi is certainly a better sport about TASM than Dafoe was. LOL!
GUNSMITH - 7/19/2012, 10:36 AM
NO ASH?
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 7/19/2012, 10:36 AM
Raimi's Spidey trilogy should be in the Hall of Comic Book Film Fame
StrangerX - 7/19/2012, 10:40 AM
Evil Dead was a stupid ass movie anyway
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/19/2012, 10:42 AM
At least he's classy about it unlike dafoe lolol
DanteSparda - 7/19/2012, 10:44 AM
CaptainObvious - 7/19/2012, 10:44 AM
TASM brought nothing new to the table. Raimi's first two films were much better.
jessepostal - 7/19/2012, 10:48 AM
I hope a blueberry bush rapes a girl in this one:) wow have those words ever been said before
UrbanKnight - 7/19/2012, 10:52 AM
Love Sam Raimi looks like a real good man. Funny as sh!t.
deanwilkins - 7/19/2012, 10:54 AM
Evil Dead without Ash is like Superman without Superman. I have no interest in this at all.
Maia87 - 7/19/2012, 10:57 AM
Wow, he looks old. Can't believe it's been 10 years since the first Spider-Man.
CaptainObvious - 7/19/2012, 11:06 AM
"You only rare, who says it failed."
What the hell are you talking about. You're saying I'm wrong about my opinion? How does that make any sense?
LoudLon - 7/19/2012, 11:23 AM
I've seen ASM. I thought it was better than Spider-Man 1 (in some respects) and Spider-Man three (in EVERY respect), but I still think Spider-Man two is the best one so far.

I will say that I think the CHARACTER of Spider-Man is much more accurate than the other three films. Raimi kept the motor-mouth/constant joking thing to a bare minimum, whereas in ASM his sense of humor is much more verbal and in line with the comics. As for fighting, Raimi's fights usually saw Spidey slugging it out fist to fist with the baddies; in ASM it's much more like the comics, with Spidey bouncing around like a flea on speed.

As for Evil Dead, the original is in my permanent Top 10 Horror Flicks list. I have no interest at all in the remake because what made the original so good was Raimi's style. It's not Evil Dead without Raimi directing.
ralfinader - 7/19/2012, 12:25 PM
@Dante - Love that GIF man

I am a Raimi-ite. And although he may take the higher road, i will not:

This remake will suck the balls that noone else would suck.
Godzillafart - 7/19/2012, 1:25 PM
Raimi excels at schlock horror! The best part of Spider-Man 2 (his best SM movie and the second best overall) was the scene where Doc Oc's arms "wake up" in the operating room. Good stuff!
MadJakHatesSpinoffs - 7/19/2012, 1:32 PM
@Prot3ctor. Yeah, it really was Sam Raimi's fault Spider-Man 3 sucked. Raimi already had the script written for 3 and Sony wanted him to add Venom due to demand from fans. Raimi doesn't like Venom and wanted to stick with Sandman. Raimi took the whole "I don't care" attitude and just decided to make a script that was a total mess and included the stupid emo break dancing scenes.

Raimi could have chosen to leave the stupid stuff out and could have taken Sandman out, focusing on Harry and Venom as the two villains. That would have been okay. Instead, he went ahead and directed a movie he knew fans would hate. I am glad he's gone from Spider-Man. I just hope Webb doesn't do the same thing.
osideous - 7/19/2012, 2:17 PM
@ImSuperman TASM was just plain bad, and it failed on so many levels. it's like how Daredevil first came out and got praise. then people went back and looked at it and said it was bad. the samething will happen with TASM. although a lot of people have slammed the hell out of TASM. so no more people than you think disliked it.
BooYah - 7/19/2012, 3:03 PM
@ImSuperman- I actually think Raimi's first 2 films were better than Amazing Spiderman too. So hes not alone.
musashi - 7/19/2012, 3:50 PM
I guess they'll remake Drag Me To Hell next?
HelaGood - 7/19/2012, 4:10 PM
isnt that always the answer? "I havent seen it yet, but i hear its great."

i believe edward norton said that about the Avengers

i believe terence howard said that about Iron Man 2

i believe thomas jane said that about Punisher: War Zone
thewonderer - 7/19/2012, 4:15 PM
TASM isn't better than Spider-Man or Spider-Man 2. I agree completely with osideous. I liked TASM okay enough, but there ARE TONS OF PROBLEMS.
TheWebSlinger - 7/19/2012, 4:17 PM
If you look at the Spider-Man films objectively, and think that Raimi's Spider-Man 1, was better than TASM. You need to take the nostalgia goggles off. Yes, it has a place in your heart, it was the first Spider-Man movie you ever saw, but you need to get over that. Cause it is clouding your judgment. There are things that are better in Raimi's first film yes, but it was just too naive for my liking. Peter did not act like a teenager, and had like no depth, at all...

If Raimi's films took place in the 1960's, they would've been awesome. But when you look at the dialogue, no one in the 2000's would talk like that. It was terrible, and their portrayal of New York was just laughable and too happy. And the fact that all 3 of the movies used the damsel in distress formula is ridiculous, and really really dated. Thank goodness for TASM, Spider-Man 2 is the only other Spider-Man film that's better. But it's not by much, and even those movies are filled with plotholes, but for some reason they get a free pass. Yet the flaws of Webb's films do not go unnoticed. Wonder why this is.
TheWebSlinger - 7/19/2012, 4:18 PM
But what about the TONS OF PROBLEMS in Raimi's films? Nostalgia be damned, it seems to make people forget stuff. And I have watched those 3 films countless times, 3 probably the least but still.
VIRILEMAN - 7/19/2012, 6:09 PM
The Amazing Spider-Man was a much better film than all three Raimi films. And I loved Spider-Man 2! For years I kept telling friends and family that they didn't really do Spider-Man right. Spider-Man is funny! Now all I have to do is say "go watch the new movie." I'm glad they finally did Spidey right.
VIRILEMAN - 7/19/2012, 6:12 PM
Raimi and his brother wrote the script to only one of the three films. Can you guess which one? THE THIRD FILM! I am not giving Raimi a free pass because he was told to include the most popular Spidey villain. No one made Raimi add the horrible dance scene, emo Peter, or the scene of Peter walking down the street pointing at random women. That was ALL Raimi.
Godzillafart - 7/19/2012, 6:56 PM
@osideous: Incorrect. TASM was the best Spider-Man film to date, although we will always have to give Raimi a tip of the hat for making a decent trilogy and getting the ball rolling.
UncleJimmy - 7/19/2012, 7:03 PM
Raimi should stay in the realm of the horror genre. At least he knows how to make a good horror flick.
His spiderman films were terrible to hardcore fans, even though the general audience loved them and I expect his OZ film to be the same. a complete slap in the face to the source material and a hit with people who've never read the books.

ScorseseFan - 7/19/2012, 7:42 PM
@UncleJimmy
I'm what you would consider a "hardcore" Spidey fan having read all of the original TASM comics up until they rebooted the franchise sometime in the early 2000's (I believe). While Webb's depiction was a more accurate version of the character Spider-man, the movie wasn't that great, and nowhere near as great as Spider-man 2.
writernick - 7/19/2012, 8:54 PM
Raimi did a lot for Comic Book movies. he was able to bring villains you wanted to know about and still wanted to see fall. But one thing he didn't do, was bring the real Spider-man to the big screen.
That whiny, emo, gleeked-out schmuck was never even close to Peter Parker. Or, for that matter, neither did he introduce us to a Maryjane worthy of the name....
Thank you Sam, for the bad guys, but not for our hero.

Mark, here's a salute!
Ceejay - 7/19/2012, 9:24 PM
There's only one word that describes my feelings after watching The Amazing Spider-man, and that's "Pointless".

Somehow I think that's a shared reaction for many judging by the fact it trails every other Spiderman movie by at an average of $60 million on day-to-day box office.

The Amazing Spiderman 16 day box office total = $214 million
Spiderman-1 16 day box office total = $272 million
Spiderman-2 16 day box office total = $284 million
Spiderman-3 16 day box office total = $273 million
writernick - 7/19/2012, 9:50 PM
I really didn't want to see another origin story for Spider-Man.
I actually was forced to go see it by friends, even though, I'm the Comic Book Aficionado...
Yet, I have to admit, it really made me want to see him more. Thank God Mark Webb gave us a Spider-Man, and a Gwen Stacy, worth remembering.
breakUbatman - 7/20/2012, 3:36 AM
TASM may be a better movie than Spider-Man but that is to be expected with a reboot.

While it was great on characterization it lacked vision and originality. It was like the "Simpsons did it" of CBMs.

Awkward powers moment in the bathroom - Wolverine did it.

Internet costume - Kick Ass did it.

Bridge scene - Spider-Man 1 and Fantastic Four did it.

Rooftop impalement - Daredevil did it.

Scientist who becomes a mentor - Spider-Man 2 did it.

Villains goal is to evolve mankind - X-Men did it.

Rainy Funeral - Daredevil did it.

Poor after credits sequel baiting - Green Lantern did it.

Villain is corrupted by power not really evil - Raimi did it.

Girl conveniently puts her self in danger - Iron Man did it.


Hope this isn't a sign of CBM creativity dying, and how can you do an origin but not explain his powers he hangs so many cars on the bridge then struggles with one, has spider sense in the subway scene and with the football and basketball but Lizard creeps up on him. He can clearly stick to glass but has to be "saved" on the Oscorp building.

Matthew Vaughn could have killed this.





SpiderRock33 - 7/22/2012, 2:54 AM
The New Spider-man was a Complete Douchebag.
wbrowning79 - 7/22/2012, 7:29 AM
@spiderRock13
I concur
IronSpider101 - 7/22/2012, 9:31 PM
TASM was mediocre and shitty.

THAT is looking at it objectively.

Peter Parker was not a nerd, not even by "Today's standards" as so many ignorant people attempt to suggest. He was just mentally deficient ("I'll take 13 years to realize I should look up my father's name! You can tell I'm really concerned about the truth!") and couldn't make out a complete sentence.

And when he could, it was never funny. "Uh oh, someone's been a baaaaaaaad lizard." Comic gold! Right?

The film's full of inconsistency and gives off a disgusting odor of studio meddling and baiting.

"Hey, let's have an 'adorable' stuttering Peter Parker that's a bit of a rebellious loner to bring in the teenage girls!"

"Hey, let's throw in quips, Gwen Stacy and Mechanical webshooters! These additions won't require or recieve any effort, we'll just throw them in because HEY, these pseudo comic-book fans are so easy to buy".

Thankfully I didn't have to pay for my ticket, otherwise I would've refused to have seen this movie. It'd feel too much like whoring myself to Sony.

But hey, that's just me. If you like it, fine! Good, this is your Spider-Man and you're totally free to enjoy it. Just don't claim to have a superior opinion to people who prefer a different version or claim to be looking "objectively" while others are looking at things too "nostalgically".

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