Bruce Campbell On Why The EVIL DEAD Reins Were Handed Over To Fede Alvarez

Bruce Campbell On Why The EVIL DEAD Reins Were Handed Over To Fede Alvarez

Many fans were disappointed when it was announced that Bruce Campbell wouldn't be appearing in the Evil Dead remake, and even more were pissed off that there was going to be a remake at all! In an interview with Total Film, the original 'Ash' explains the reasons..

There had been mutterings of Sam Raimi and co working on another Evil Dead movie for years, with both the director and actor Bruce Campbell - who played Ash in all three of Raimi's previous movies - sounding confident that something would happen eventually. But as time went by it seemed more and more unlikely that we would ever see a follow up to Army Of Darkness, and then talk turned to a reboot of the franchise - with Raimi and Campbell on board though surely? Well no, at least not in the capacity fans were expecting. A new director in Fede Alvarez was chosen, and Campbell revealed that he wouldn't be appearing in so much as a cameo - in fact teh character of Ash will not be a factor at all. So how and why did all of this come about? "The Chin" himself explains to Total Film..

“He [Alvarez] pitched a full-length story and we really liked it. He wrote a script and we kept liking it. It sort of grew on us like a wart.

“Plus, when you see the chances of making a sequel receding every year, like our hairlines, you realize maybe we should get a new punk in here with five new kids to torment.

“We can use our experience to help guide the filmmaker to come up with a new balls-out movie that will torment people for the rest of their lives. We think he did it!”

The latest poster for the movie certainly writes a big check that fans will be expecting to see cashed come Evil Dead's April 2013 release date, but the impressively gruesome trailer seemed to get many non-believers onside. Maybe it will be "the most terrifying film we will ever experience". We'll find out 12th April, 2013.

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UltimateSpiderman - 11/24/2012, 5:00 AM
Bruce Campbell On Why The EVIL DEAD Reigns Were Handed Over To Fede Alvarez:

shiverman20 - 11/24/2012, 5:09 AM
As a big Evil Dead fan, I say it's good that Bruce isn't in the new movie. We've got the Bruce movies, they've been done, they're on our shelves and we can watch them whenever we want. I'm all for seeing a new version
jessepostal - 11/24/2012, 5:20 AM
I think it's great that we finally get to see a serious take at evil dead. Not Bruce Campbell vs the evil dead slapstick( which is great) but a serious take of the same story
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/24/2012, 6:32 AM
I believe the first two evil deads were serious. I mean tree Raping, Killing your Girlfriend, Getting made fun of by demons for killing your girlfriend, Cutting off your hand because its under control by demonic forces. Walls spilling out blood. I'm not saying the new will suck. Its gonna rock. But watch your mouth when you try to say the 1st two were slapstick. Yea they were funny. But its stuff people would not laugh at in real life. And it had is creepy scenes.
jessepostal - 11/24/2012, 6:53 AM
are you kidding?? evil dead 2 serious?? what about all the 3 stooges refrences, the whole chopping off his hand scene, the hand talking, do i need to add more??? it was comedy horror
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/24/2012, 6:55 AM
do you really think chopping off your own hand is funny? you would laugh at someone chopping off his own hand in real life. your looking at as a film. where im looking at it as if I were in that scenario.
thetrojan - 11/24/2012, 7:00 AM
evil dead appeared in the uk coinciding with the video player boom .
I cant remember now if I saw it in a house or a cinema....(?)
It really pushed the boundaries and was definitely not slapstick.
the second one...slapstick ,but just as good in its own way,
the third...with the shock ending of number 2 this film was really determined to stretch what the public would be willing to watch and I remember it being a flop,and I still cant sit through it.

The success of this new version has to lie in its originality
If it does not stretch the genre it will be piffle.
I hope its great.
616 - 11/24/2012, 7:05 AM
MatchesMalone1989 what are you dense? Of course we're looking at it as a film, its a film!
thetrojan - 11/24/2012, 7:05 AM
Maybe 'slapstick is the wrong word to use here,I apologise for my use of it.
Evil Dead 2 was horror comedy tragedy ....the list would include most descriptions associated with film.

There were scenes that were slapstick in nature,and scenes that were 'creepy'.
But what I remember about it was its originality.
The camera work was new and creative,as were the special effects .
And I loved the ending...I just did not expect a number three to be made...

jessepostal - 11/24/2012, 7:21 AM
@karl, haha thank you.

I think slapstick is the right word. Evil dead 2 was filled with 3stooges gags, And Bruce beating himself up. That's what Bruce is known for and why he's become such an icon. It's def not from his acting skills. I'd hate to see what you would consider dead alive or student bodies to be
RorMachine - 11/24/2012, 7:30 AM
MatchesMalone1989 - I wouldn't want the stuff that happens to the lads in Dumb And Dumber to happen to me in real life either..but I think you'll agree that's a comedy. Evil Dead 1 was serious for the most part, although there is some humor there too. But Evil Dead 2 is played completely for laughs..violent, gory, gruesome laughs..but laughs nonetheless.
CyberInflames - 11/24/2012, 7:55 AM
As well as Braindead which is a blood fest.
GodzillaKart - 11/24/2012, 8:06 AM
Evil Dead 2, by far the best of the series, was a comedy through and through. There were a couple of creepy scenes, *spoilers* the demon woman in the cellar pit, for example, but even that turned into the flying eyeball. One of my very favorite comedies.

I couldn't be less interested in the new film.
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/24/2012, 8:08 AM

Im not a critic so I look at films as me being taken to a world where these things can really happen. Like I'm reading a book. Evil Dead has a lot of Horrible things happening. And its Straight Torture son! Sorry if I'm not looking into acting skills. I was looking at the actual fact that demons were controlling a mans hand(Not something that happens at all) And was harming that person. And the person could not control what was going on. The fact that he was stuck in the middle of nowhere with no help. Never seen student bodies and Dead or Alive is not the type of story im into. And I can't lie. I laughed alot at faces of death which was real people being killed on camera so I guess you could call it gruesome laughs.....
GodzillaKart - 11/24/2012, 8:08 AM
@MatchesMalone1989: You must have been terrified by the Black Knight scene in Monty Python and The Holy Grail. ;)
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/24/2012, 8:10 AM
Sorry if my imagination is still intact guys. Thats something I never let go of.
jessepostal - 11/24/2012, 8:19 AM
You laugh at the real thing but take evil dead 2 serious?? Your mixing up your story kid
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/24/2012, 8:22 AM
I laughed at evil dead as well. Ok. It's the whole situation that I take serious.
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/24/2012, 8:23 AM
I mean how could you guys not comprehend that. After all the details I just wrote?
Asterisk - 11/24/2012, 8:28 AM
My favorite is Army of Darkness...
MatchesMalone1989 - 11/24/2012, 8:31 AM
Your still not getting it. All I'm saying is the whole scenario of being locked in a house with evil spirits is scary. Thats it. Yes there are scenes that get laughs. But at the same time. If you look at whats happening to him. Its not a three stooges comedy scene where moe uses ice tongs on larry's nose to make him stop joking around when they are being waiters on the job. The spirits are actually trying to kill him. I give praise to sam raimi for actually making people forget that a man is being tortured and is actually playing three stooges with demons.
616 - 11/24/2012, 8:35 AM
This is stupid. lets talk about Avengers 2, this guy sucks.
616 - 11/24/2012, 8:37 AM
jessepostal - 11/24/2012, 8:53 AM
Haha I think you've got enough of your own demons to worry about kid
LoudLon - 11/24/2012, 8:55 AM
Evil Dead 1 = horror
Evil Dead 2 = horror comedy
Army of Darkness = medieval fantasy comedy

The ED series is the only one I can say that I love each entry equally, and I'm of an age where I was old enough to catch all but the first in theaters (I was only 10 when the first ED came out). And as a lifelong horror geek I'm a big fan of Raimi and Cambpell, and have total faith in this remake, particularly since they've played such a hands-on role as producers. Can't wait to see it.

@KarlKingNerd -- if this doesn't interest you, why bother posting at all? You ever hear the phrase, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"?

Learn it.
jessepostal - 11/24/2012, 9:13 AM
@loud, his comment was based around the comments of matches Malone, not evil dead being stupid but matches reasoning. Ever hear the phrase "don't point your finger" :)
616 - 11/24/2012, 9:23 AM
Thank you for understanding I demand a font for CBM that expresses sarcasm, we're to witty of a community to be serious all the time. I dont actually think he sucks, no on sucks. Except for Tim Burton, god does he suck.
jimpinto24 - 11/24/2012, 10:13 AM
Evil Dead is a remake I'm looking forward to next year. The remake is more bloody & brutal. I hope it doesn't flop at box office.
StSharp - 11/24/2012, 12:20 PM
The thing that people dislike about these kinds of remakes is that the lead star of the originals isnt in it, and the lead star was the one who made it what it was! Bruce Campbell was a big reason why people like Th Evil Dead series. Because when they remake these films there is nothing to remember it by, its just full of young actors we've probably never heard of before and thats it. But when you think "Evil Dead" you automatically remember the main character even if you dont particularly remmeber his name! LOL But that carries memories for people, thats why remakes suck a lot of the times.
preacher - 11/24/2012, 12:22 PM
@loud-hey, we're the same age! Sucks getting old!

Anyways, the first Evil Dead is straight up horror! When I first saw it, at the age of 10 as well, it scared the bejeesus out of me. I've sinced watched it again, a myriad of times, and I stand by my opinion. It's straight up horror, played seriously, with maybe some a dash of humor thrown in to help relieve some of the tension. Ash was never MEANT to become this icon that he is now. When the first one came out, that was it, just ONE movie about a group of young adults attacked by demons. The way the movie ended, we are left to believe that Ash ultimately dies at the hands of said demons. No one, at the time it came out, visualized or even expected a sequel. Yet, the movie did so well, that a sequel DID indeed happen. Due to the special effects from the first one being the one thing that people found laughable AND the creators of the film have said this as well, they decided to go for a more comedic take for the second one.

Since Ash was the only "survivor per se" of the first one, he was the obvious choice to use in order for the sequel to pick up directly where the first one left off. Since the mix of comedy and horror worked so well for this sequel, Raimi decided to amp it up even more so for Army of Darkness, Ash really becomes more of a buffoon ( obviously screwing up the words the wise man tells him to speak when picking up the book of the dead, screwing them up yet AGAIN when given the potion to sleep until he's back in his own time (whichever version you may or may not have seen; i myself prefer the time "screw-up" over the s-smart "screw up"))

THIS remake is completely going with what the original was meant to be and what it really was in actuality! Balls to the walls complete horror. When everyone saw the first Evil Dead when it originally came out, NO ONE knew that Ash would become this icon! how could they? NO ONE knew that there would be a sequel! how could they? So this one is going into it with the same reasoning. No one is going to know who "survives".

There. I've had my rant for the day. I dont' know why anyone can't see this.

I for one think the trailer looks badass and the poster is pretty damn creepy as well. I'm looking forward to it!
IronLantern79 - 11/25/2012, 12:35 AM
I think this movie is going to surprise alot of people.
WeAreVenom86 - 11/25/2012, 4:09 AM
[frick]ing brits
laughterman26 - 11/25/2012, 5:00 PM
all i expect is a campbell cameo with ash as a ice cream man serving the newbies with his chainsaw hand, and the newbies ask, how did that happen and campbell responds....ahhhh hunting accident.

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