The newest red-band trailer for Fede Alvarez’s remake of The Evil Dead appeared online last night, and it immediately caused a stir amongst film lovers. The new clip, which is decidedly Not Safe For Work, really takes advantage of its red-band status – showcasing a level of gore and violence rarely seen in a preview for a mainstream film.
As a serious genre connoisseur, and lover of all things Evil Dead, I wasn’t entirely onboard with the idea of a remake – even one with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell onboard as producers. That’s changing now – Alvarez’s latest preview looks to have captured the spirit of Raimi’s original film while also upping the stakes in terms of violence and FX work.
The director elaborated on his vision for the film back in October, after the film premiered its trailer at New York Comic-Con. With the new clip available for public consumption, this seemed like a good time to go back and compare Alvarez's comments with what we’ve seen firsthand.
Alvarez told io9 that the film is “gory for sure,” and we’d be hard-pressed to disagree after what we’ve just seen. The original Evil Dead featured lots of blood and body parts, but the new film looks to go all in when it comes to bodily carnage. That tongue slicing alone is arguably more brutal than just about anything in Raimi’s film.
The catch for Alvarez was to create gore that was disturbing, and not so over-the-top that it became unintentionally hilarious.
“There is a line that Sam always talks about, the line between horror and comedy. You go too far and everyone starts laughing, but if you hit the right place everyone is scared to death. We were always standing on that line. And sometimes gore can be very funny, guts falling out blood splashing all over the place. It's not that kind of gory film. It is has a lot of blood. A lot of blood. I would come back home every day after shooting covered in blood... It is a very gory film.”
Even more impressive is that the gore is entirely created through the use of practical special effects work as opposed to the more common CGI.
“We didn't do any CGI in the movie. There's no CGI in the movie. Everything you will see is real, which was really demanding. This was a very long shoot, 70 days of shooting at night. There's a reason people use CGI: it's cheaper and faster, I hate that. We researched a lot of magic tricks and illusion tricks. [Like] how you would make someone's arm disappear.”
The director also assures fans that while the trailer is bloody, they haven’t seen the best of his work yet. “It has a particularly bloody ending. The last scene is just... I want it to be the bloodiest scene, ever. And I think it is.”
While we’ll have to wait to see the end for ourselves to be sure, we suspect it will certainly be in the running for the title when the film comes out this April. It’s going to have to really go overboard to beat the end of Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, though.
Have a peek at the trailer below if you haven’t seen it already and let us know what you think. Does this get you more interested in the Evil Dead remake, or is this too much carnage for you to handle?
Warning: This trailer is NSFW