‘Evil Dead’ Trailer is Less Scary Without Gore

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 18th, 2013 at 7:10 am,

Red band trailers for Evil Dead gleefully inundate viewers with gory imagery and shudder-inducing violence, but what about legitimate horror that’s actually scary? The story from director Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues Mendez and producer Sam Raimi follows five friends into the woods, where they unwittingly unleash deranged supernatural forces by reading from a mysterious (and dangerous) book.

Alvarez’ remake incorporates a drug addiction subplot, but Sony recognizes the blood splatter and callbacks to the iconography of Raimi’s original stands a better chance of making Evil Dead fans giddy – and turning around negative opinion - as opposed to, a legitimately terrifying exploration of health care. Today’s green band trailer likewise passes on the story, but suffers without the grisly payoff to fall back on (translation: it’s even less scary, without the disgusting content).

Raimi’s original Evil Dead earned a cult following for its camp gore, but Raimi and star Bruce Campbell (who’s also producing the remake) made the film with serious intention. That accounts for references to French surrealists Georges Franju (Eyes Without a Face) and Jean Coceatu (the Orpheus trilogy) in a movie some describe as a mix of Night of the Living Dead and The Three Stooges. Raimi views the 1981 feature as “a little campfire story” and says Alvarez’ remake presents a chance to revisit his “old melody” and take it places he never imagined.

That explains why Campbell (as he explained at the NY Comic-Con) put star Jane Levy through hell before shooting on Alvarez’ remake got underway. For all intents and purposes, the new Evil Dead is the picture young Raimi and Campbell originally set out to make (looking back with the benefit of 30 years’ hindsight and additional filmmaking experience, that is). But in an age where the original film’s tropes have been riffed (Cabin in the Woods) and recycled (Cabin Fever) to death, can a grittier and grosser re-telling satisfy anyone but gore-hungry horror-philes?

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To be honest, I suspect it will partly depend on how much depth of characterization the screenwriters are able to infuse into the human “players.” With Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) touching up the dialogue, they may represent the arrogance of the current generation and, thus, the story could have satirical undertones. After all, who doesn’t want to watch obnoxious hipsters spouting Cody-isms get taught a lesson, when they meddle with the Necromonicron (ie. a metaphor for vintage pop culture) and assume they’re cool enough to handle it?

Beyond that, it’s the emotional impact of (literal) substance addiction demons that Levy confronts which must pull us through and given audiences reasons to root for her, even as her peers are pulverized. The cringe-worthy violence and homages to the original film (demon POV shots, possessed trees) may be enough for the Evil Dead purists, but newcomers might demand more if they’re expected to view this flick as something worth holding onto – and not just (really) nasty horror junk.

Evil Dead opens in theaters on April 12th, 2013. Are you looking forward to it?

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  1. Bruce Campbell?

  2. A part of me wants to like this but… No.

  3. I think this may have a sliver of a chance to be great. I’ve been mixed on this movie since day one. The Redband trailer did give me some hope though.

    If This does turn out to be a hit I think it’ll be a word of mouth type move like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I watched cabin in the woods last night and I’ll call it like it is. The movie was lack luster , it did have some entertaining parts though.

  4. Looks incredibly boring. And using the same exakt house as Cabin in the Woods? Really?

    Didn’t freak me out in the slightest, just some overused horror clichés. This looks like it’s been in the microwave a couple of times too often…

    • Yeah, uh, not the same cabin.

      • Hahahaha.

  5. I don’t understand the switch from being scared to being disturbed as the new “horror’ movies have done. Fear happens from the imagination not a sight and that gets lost on the screen. Although I have watched every zombie movie made in the last decade I can still not bring myself to watch the original Night of the Living Dead. That’s true horror.

  6. Gore doesn’t create fear or horror, it creates disgust, gore is not scary, it’s just disgusting.

    • Which is why I always preferred the psychological horrors and despised movies like Hostel and Saw parts 2-500 (or however many pointless sequels there were that were just lame excuses to watch people die in creative ways).

      Saying that, I still love the Evil Dead trilogy and I’m looking forward to this version.

    • While it doesn’t create it outright, if done right it does enhance it.

  7. Looking forward to this as well, fingers crossed.

  8. I don’t think this will be scary. I think it will be over the top, balls out, and fun as hell. I’m really looking forward to it’s release, I couldn’t be more excited for a horror movie.

  9. This one looks pretty scary, the young audience will freak out on this one

  10. While i respect alot of the things you said, your missing the point. The fact that you insisted the trailer is not scary already shows that should neither write about or review horror films. Horror is a genre that only a handfull of people can really enjoy no matter what. You need the ability to be scared. I have showed alot of people the trailer, both the red band and green band. The green band one played in front of Texas Chainsaw and it scared people in that theater half to death. You are obviously not going to get the scariest parts in the trailer first of all and this is a 90 minute movie. if you watched the original you know that the action starts just 10 minutes after the movie began so you know good and well you have 80 minutes of pure terror. The original was able to provide alot of gore and then after a while switch to the slow scenes which created a terror for what lies next, especially with the creepy camera angles and music. From the interviews of the director, that is deffinately going to be the case here. The trailer, if you noticed, spends a minute on introducing the tree rape scene, which is freaky enough because you know what will come of it in the movie. The power of suggestion in what the trailer played off of and many people who love horror movies can see that. The use of practical effects in the movie makes this all the more better to watch. The filmaker has a passion for this movie and chose to make it the hard way instead of the easy way so that the payoff is even better. He was interviewed and said he wants to recreate the feeling of pure terror that he experianced when he was 12, except he wants the terror to be for all ages. You have to trust the guy and not because so cynical about everything. I do not respect people who bad mouth movies just because of the trailer. The less a trailer has in it, the more the movie gets to suprise you with and once agian the director said that we havnt even come close to seeing the truly horrifying parts. This movie was made with passion to be the scariest movie of all time and i believe it can be. You just cant see it because you are not a true horror fan and the fact that you critisize the gore proves that. You may think you are, but your not. As far as character developement, have you seen the original? close to no character developement except for Ash. Horror movies nee little of it, but i am sure by the looks of it that the filmakers are putting some into it with the subplot of the drugs, but you don’t deserve it because you critisize a movie you havnt seen based on a trailer.

  11. How old are you? Young is my guess. The movies that are out nowadays you may consider to “horror” maybe great in your mind only because you don’t better. I’m sure you think that these new paranormal movies are awsome…. Boring! A remake of a classic usually sucks. Texas Chainsaw Massacre for example. You probably thought it great. It was s***. The Evil Dead trailer is the best hopeful of a remake or an original horror movie in years. So do yourself a favor, until you figure out what the hell your saying. Shut up. Don’t write about a movie that you don’t have a clue about. Better yet, don’t write about anything. Sit at home and play Scrabble with your Mother or stalk people online in your bedroom….aka, your Moms basement.

  12. How old are you? Young is my guess. The movies that are out nowadays you may consider to “horror” maybe great in your mind only because you don’t better. I’m sure you think that these new paranormal movies are awsome…. Boring! A remake of a classic usually sucks. Texas Chainsaw Massacre for example. You probably thought it great. It was crap. The Evil Dead trailer is the best hopeful of a remake or an original horror movie in years. So do yourself a favor, until you figure out what the hell your saying. Shut up. Don’t write about a movie that you don’t have a clue about. Better yet, don’t write about anything. Sit at home and play Scrabble with your Mother or stalk people online in your bedroom….aka, your Moms basement.

  13. Wow eric, just hasty generalize the entire comment section why don’t you? To clear your statements: yes, I’m only 20. In college, not my parents home, I don’t like scrabble because nobody plays that anymore (which does contradict you think that I’m young), I hate just about all remakes (excluding piranha because it was a thousand times better than the original), and none of the texas chainsaw movies apart from the original were any good. And who honest to goodness thinks that the paranormal activity movies are actually any good? Just to clarify, my house doesn’t have a basement. And also, I’m in college studying to get my masters in film. My favorite genre is horror. Good try at a witty response though. If it wasn’t completely bombarded with logical fallacies than maybe it would have had some clarity and meaning to it.

  14. Eh, it seems to lack the slight funny aspect of the original, and that bothers me. The Army of Darkness is actually the best of all of them in my opinion.

  15. all of them suck!

    • Opinions are like a$$holes, everyone has one.