Director Fede Alvarez And Producer Rob Tapert Discuss EVIL DEAD's R-Rating

Director Fede Alvarez And Producer Rob Tapert Discuss EVIL DEAD's R-Rating

The red band trailer was gory enough to make you lose your lunch, but take it from someone who has seen the only gets worse! So, how did the team behind the Evil Dead remake ensure that it avoided the dreaded NC-17 rating? Read on for details!

An NC-17 rating in the US is almost as bad as an actual ban, so it proved to be a huge challenge for the makers of Evil Dead to ensure it was Rated R AND still as brutal and gory as the screenplay required. "I remember when we were first talking about the script," recalls director Fede Alvarez. "Rob would say, 'Now Fede, there's a thing called NC-17..." Rob is Rob Tapert, the producer of the movie who has worked on every instalment in the franchise since Sam Raimi's original. Here is what he told Empire Magazine about making sure that the remake didn't go too far when it comes to the level of violence that a horror movie of this type requires. "I insisted that they send the script to a woman who deals with the MPAA on a regular basis. She comes back and says, 'Oh yeah, I can make an argument for all the things in here, because it's demonic possession." What a relief, eh? The movie is definitely a very hard R, but it's great fun, and my review will soon be up on CBM. Stay tuned for that and sound off with your thoughts on these comments below!

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.


Jane Levy as Mia
Shiloh Fernandez as David
Jessica Lucas as Olivia
Lou Taylor Pucci as Eric
Elizabeth Blackmore as Natalie

RELEASE DATE: April 12th, 2013.

Posted By:
Josh Wilding
Member Since 3/13/2009
Filed Under "Horror" 3/26/2013 Source: Empire Magazine
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DocDangerous - 3/26/2013, 5:12 AM
Excellent. Can't wait to take the misses to check this out.
Anton - 3/26/2013, 5:21 AM
You're obviously retarded.
Spiderhog - 3/26/2013, 5:31 AM
@grif what the hell is your problem?!
Mandoman - 3/26/2013, 6:23 AM
I used to work at Ghosthouse as an intern a couple of years back and man, it was one of the best times of my life. Rob Tapert is great guy. Very polite and nice. J.R. Young is also a producer on this and let me tell you I don't think we will be disappointed. Rumblings of an Evil Dead film were always running around. People would fax in faux movie posters and scripts, campaigning to direct. Anyway, that was like seven years ago. The reason this remake/reboot is coming out now, is they feel they really have something good on their hands. Ghosthouse always tries to make good fun horror films. Whether all their films are winners is up to us to decide, but their intention is always to entertain. And I for one can't wait.
Baf - 3/26/2013, 6:24 AM
I love but have yet to be frightened or disturbed by any of the thousands of horror movies I've seen. The exception is the original "The Exorcist". Mainly because of the age I was when I first saw it, that movie creep-ed me out. This re-boot has many similar effects that remind me of that movie and from the trailer I anticipate a truly frightening film. The Evil Dead series is probably my favorite of all horror movies and I love everything Bruce Campbell is attached to. I anticipate a huge success with this installment and plan to be frightened for the second time ever in my movie history.
GodzillaKart - 3/26/2013, 6:27 AM
I love terrifying (or fun) horror movies, but this seems like it's going to end up on the "torture porn" side of things...which I'm not interested in.
616 - 3/26/2013, 6:29 AM
Imagine if you will a world without grif or levi, where we could just enjoy a thread. Isn't it lovely?
Maximus101 - 3/26/2013, 6:41 AM
This certainly looks like it will be the best horror since the exorcism of Emily rose!
IronManny819 - 3/26/2013, 6:58 AM
@ Baf. Same here, man. My parents sat me down at around 7 years old and had me watch The Exorcist and the original Nightmare on Elm St. No horror movie since has scared me. Evil Dead does look pretty good, though.
sinchsw - 3/26/2013, 7:00 AM
Come on, Maximus: Cabin in the Woods, The Awakening, The Possession, and Sinister were all solid movies in 2012 alone.
sinchsw - 3/26/2013, 7:02 AM
Scariest for me is still Candyman, because I watched it when I was 8. No 8 year old should ever watch Candyman, and if they do they won't be able to look straight into a mirror for years.
PapaEmeritus - 3/26/2013, 7:09 AM
It's a demonic [frick]ing possession movie, remember? Every demonic possession movie has tremendous gore potential, it happens long time before that this silly "torture porn" term been created.
jianozi - 3/26/2013, 7:11 AM
Great Family movie...who put this one out Disney?
Shadowmaster35 - 3/26/2013, 8:20 AM
freakin red band trailer...first movie in a loooooooonnnng time that actually freaked me out to the point where i gotta see this with someone else, or not at all. If this has a freakin clown-ish sequence in it, at any point, for any reason, i'm walkin outta the theater.
DanteSparda - 3/26/2013, 8:42 AM
What about an NC-17 cut in DVD and Blue Ray for the LOLs?
OcciferPing - 3/26/2013, 9:41 AM
I love how every horror film coming out claims to be "the scariest horror film of all time" when in reality it was just used to overhype it and get people to see their crappy film. Not saying that's Evil Dead, but I hope it's scary.
Baf - 3/26/2013, 9:57 AM
@fettastic. I can see your point. I sat my kids down and watched The Exorcist. Not only were they bored but they laughed at the movie. Must be a generational thing. I can see how Open Water was disturbing but The Ring just made no sense to me on any level. The whole movie was ridiculous and over-hyped. Candy Man was a great movie and deserves to be mentioned with all of the classics but I was in front of the mirror 10 minutes after I saw it.
sephiroth211 - 3/26/2013, 10:27 AM
Can not wait for this!!
ahhmynuts - 3/26/2013, 2:47 PM
youve gone to the movies by yourself? lol
TheSuperguy - 3/26/2013, 3:47 PM
Oh man I can't wait! Hoping the sequel to this ties into the original trilogy more.
PapaEmeritus - 3/26/2013, 4:17 PM
@Jokerfanhahaha, you better give up - it's useless. I've tried to explain that to Godzilla, but he doesn't want to learn! LOL

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