Evil Dead is shaping up to be a case study in how to remake a movie without pissing off its highly vocal fanbase. Sure, horror fans balked at the initial idea of a studio laying hands on their beloved Bruce Campbell classic, but those flames were quickly stamped out with news that Sam Raimi and Campbell were producers on the film. Then the footage started dripping out and the studio let fans fall in love with the jaw-dropping, tongue-splitting level of gore on display, and ever since they've been eating out of the film's blood-soaked hands.
We're sure this is only going to make matters worse: when the film was first submitted to the MPAA, it got slapped with an NC-17 rating.
First-time feature director Fede Alvarez confirmed the news on Twitter, answering a fan's question about the rating with, "Was proud of scoring a NC-17 when submitted! But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters."
That's obviously both good and bad news for Evil Dead fans. On the one hand, Alvarez and company were clearly swinging for the fences and pulled it off. On the other hand, they went just a little too far for the MPAA and had to scale things back. We're sure that the extra footage (and who knows how much of it that entails) will be available on Blu-ray, but the question is how representational the red-band trailer is of the final film.
There's no rating attached to it, so some of that footage may have been what warranted an NC-17. We'll have to wait until April 12 to find out for sure (or March, if you're going to catch the film at its SXSW world premiere), but as a reminder here it is:
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