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Fede Alvarez Says Sam Raimi Will Direct 'Army Of Darkness 2,' Bruce Campell Confirms He'll Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 5:25 PM
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Even though the "Evil Dead" remake was a remorselessly dull and dumb movie, it seems there is a certain faction of people how are still legitimately interested in an "Army Of Darkness" sequel. Lord knows it has been talked about forever, but it seems there is a minor head of steam building around the project.

'A Hijacking' Director Tobias Linholm Steps Into 'The War,' '40 Days Of Dating' Blog Is Going To Be A Movie & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 18, 2013 10:31 AM
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Some directing news to get y'all over that midweek hump. Screen Daily has two pieces of intriguing news for us: first up, Tobias Lindholm, director of the absolutely stellar “A Hijacking," has announced his new project, “The War,” about Danish soldiers in Afghanistan. Lindholm likes simple titles, it seems, and simple set-ups: “The War” will form the third part of a thematic trilogy about “desperate men in small rooms”, following on from “A Hijacking” and the even simpler “R” from 2010.

Timor Bekmambetov Out, Ben Stiller Circling Director's Chair For 'The Current War'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 4:54 PM
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Perhaps the biggest surprise and news story of the day was the arrival of the trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." The film, which Stiller both stars in and directs, was unveiled as something much more than your everyday remake, promising something that could possibly be the subject of Oscar talk a few months from now. It's certainly one of the more ambitious directorial efforts we've seen from Stiller, and it seems he's keen to keep testing himself with interesting material.

Review: 'Evil Dead' Is A Grim, Humorless, Ultraviolent Update Of A Horror Classic

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 4, 2013 6:56 PM
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When the "Evil Dead" remake was first announced, everyone pretty much assumed that it was going to suck. This was something that star/producer Bruce Campbell acknowledged during the Q&A at the film's SXSW World Premiere last month. But after years of being assaulted with fan questions about a fourth installment, the trio behind the original (Campbell, writer/director Sam Raimi and producer Robert Tapert) probably felt it was their duty to give the fans what they wanted. And since they perhaps felt they were getting a little old for another go-round themselves – it's been 20 years since the third and previously final installment "Army Of Darkness" – a remake/reboot/"rebirth" must have seemed really the only way to go.

The 5 Best & 5 Worst Horror Movie Remakes

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 2, 2013 12:01 PM
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Best/Worst Horror remakes
This weekend the new, gore-soaked remake of Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead" (review here) chainsaws its way into theaters nationwide. A bold reimagining that jettisons much of the original film's humor, replacing it with an unrelenting bleakness, it's the kind of movie that sometimes feels less like an entertainment and more like an endurance test. It also got us thinking about other horror classics that have been brazenly retrofitted for modern audiences (and the other ones that absolutely do not work). So we've cooked up a list of five of the best horror remakes and five of the worst, omitting movies that were too sci-fi-y (sorry, "The Thing") and focusing specifically on what worked and what didn't work as it related to the original. Get ready for some pretty scary stuff.

SXSW Review: 'Evil Dead' Is A Grim, Humorless, Ultraviolent Update Of A Horror Classic

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 9, 2013 4:38 PM
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When the "Evil Dead" remake was first announced, everyone pretty much assumed that it was going to suck. This was something that star/producer Bruce Campbell acknowledged during the Q&A at last night's SXSW World Premiere. But after years of being assaulted with fan questions about a fourth installment, the trio behind the original (Campbell, writer/director Sam Raimi and producer Robert Tapert) probably felt it was their duty to give the fans what they wanted. And since they perhaps felt they were getting a little old for another go-round themselves – it's been 20 years since the third and previously final installment "Army Of Darkness" – a remake/reboot/"rebirth" must have seemed really the only way to go.

Director Fede Alvarez Says 'Evil Dead 2' Script Already Being Written; SXSW Reactions Mixed To New Remake

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 9, 2013 10:13 AM
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People really seem to want more "Evil Dead." Fans flipped when creator/director Sam Raimi said (and then later recanted) that a "Evil Dead 4" was in the works, and the remake of the original just played SXSW last night. We'll have a review of our own later in the day, but reactions for SXSW seem decidedly mixed: Gore hounds seemed to love it, but viewers and critics with less investment in the genre seemed to think it was bloody, but empty. 

'Evil Dead' Was Originally Rated NC-17 Before Being Cut For R, So You Know It's Legit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2013 4:39 PM
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With a poster declaring that it will be "The Most Terrifying Film You Will Ever Experience," and a red band trailer serving up tongue slicing, chainsaw maiming mayhem, the folks behind the "Evil Dead" remake are determined to let you know this thing is going for broke. And indeed, the first cut of the movie seems to suggest that they went very, very hard before having to pull back.

Watch: 'Evil Dead' Green Band Trailer, Less Restricted, Still Scary

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 22, 2013 11:44 AM
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You would think that post-“Cabin in the Woods” there would be more skepticism than excitement about the return to the original cabin in the woods, with the forthcoming “Evil Dead” remake. But Fede Alvarez’s movie has been generating some positive buzz ever since the red band trailer hit last year, and there’s a lot of optimism for the film starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore. We imagine it’s probably taken a great deal of effort to cut together a green band version that retains the scares but removes the blood and gore, but some clever person has gone and done it, and now we have a trailer for "Evil Dead" that’s just as compelling but now suitable for the whole family!

NYCC: 'Evil Dead' Trailer Thrills At Panel For The Remake & Suggests Same Old Scares In A Bright New Package

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 14, 2012 4:03 PM
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On Saturday, at New York Comic Con, darkness rolled over the IGN Theater, as a special presentation from next spring's Screen Gems remake of Sam Raimi's immortal horror classic "Evil Dead" was unveiled, including the first-ever screening of footage. In attendance were the remake's director Fede Alvarez, along with the movie's lead, Jane Levy (star of "Suburgatory" on ABC and this month's Halloween feature "Fun Size"). Oh, and there was also this dude named Bruce Campbell. Fans of the franchise might be familiar with him. Starred in the original, produced the remake -- you know the drill.

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