New ‘Evil Dead': Slightly Better Than Snowball’s Chance In Hell

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm,

evil dead ash New Evil Dead: Slightly Better Than Snowballs Chance In Hell

At the opening weekend to 2009’s SXSW Film Festival, IGN got a chance to chat with Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man and Evil Dead films.

In their discussion, IGN brought up something many of us have been eagerly waiting on for quite a while now: a new Evil Dead film. On the heels of Raimi’s return to the horror genre with Drag me to Hell, it looks like there’s hope yet for the return of Ash to the big screen.

“I have talked with my partners about having a young director come in and remake Evil Dead, that film was made in 16mm on a shoestring budget and blown up to 35mm. The visual effects are crumby, it was done in mono, not even stereo, let alone 5.1. What you could do with it now would be so much better.”

“I think if you had a new director using the full power of 35mm and 5.1 sound, you could really make a pretty socko presentation. It was always meant for the big screen, but never really seen on the big screen”

Last October, the word on the street made it seem like the idea of Evil Dead 4 was vaporware and this talk of a remake has been going on for four years now. But now that Raimi and others continue to bring it back up, the idea and hope for another installment or a re-make can never die down.

If they do make the film, would they bring back Bruce Campbell, whose claim to fame was made with the Evil Dead movies? IGN brought this up to Raimi, referencing a previous interview with Campbell where he was hesitant to sign up for a fourth with the negative backlash against the fourth Indiana Jones movie. Raimi replied:

“I liked ‘Indy 4’… He’s probably just trying to get out of getting in shape!”

“Like any movie it’s hard to say if you want to do it or if you don’t want to do it until there is a script to talk about… So one day I hope to have the time to write a script, and if that happens I’m hoping that Bruce will change his mind.”

I think we all do! You can’t make a fourth installment in the Evil Dead franchise without Bruce as the star. As for a re-make… I’m not sure it can be done right and evoke the same campiness and style that made the franchise a cult hit, especially without Bruce.

Don’t forget to check out the trailer for Sam Raimi’s Drag me to Hell.

What do you think about the possibilities of a fourth Evil Dead or a franchise re-boot?

Drag me to Hell opens May 29, 2009.

Source: IGN

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  1. I’d see it.

  2. No to a remake, unless they go in an entirely new direction but new characters and use the Necronomicon.
    A fourth one? For whom? Campbell enthusiasts and fans of the trilogy (like myself) but that is only for a small fraction of movie goers. Lets be real here.
    A scenario I can see, get a young hot cast and redo the original storyline from the first one with all the beats, but one of the cast members remembers a story about a guy named Ash and then bring in Campbell to fight off the demons. So, technically, you do have both a remake and a fourth installment.

  3. I would keep an open mind about it, but I wouldn’t expect it to live up to the awesome campiness of the originals.


  4. The old story …

    I LOVE the Evil Dead trilogy and respected Bruce as much as the next guy (although “My name is Bruce” sucked so bad, it was incredible… literally), but do I really want a 4th movie, just for the sake of it?

    As awesome as it may sound … I think Bruce is right … we would probably end up with Indy 4.
    And I don’t want to feel sick all night again.

  5. That’s exactly it Vic, that campiness is key and it can only be done by Bruce Campbell.

    In a reboot, it’d be someone imitating him or them going serious… I don’t think either can work.

  6. No Campbell, or Raimi, and no good.
    Also remake or reboot or any such thing has no interest for me.

    Heard Campbell on the radio over here in the UK some weeks back and he didn’t seem keen on it. Not even sure he gave much of an answer.

    If they did Evil Dead 4, properly, I’d see it. I wouldn’t have great hopes for it, but I’d see it.


    its not Evil Dead with out Ash .

    and remember
    “Shop smart, shop S-Mart.”

  8. lol, Rorschach

    I think if Raimi was in the captain’s seat, and they had the right script, they’d get Bruce back – He must want a role like this after doing that ‘My name is Bruce movie’ which I couldn’t even watch past 2 minutes.

  9. “My Name is Bruce” was not good, agreed, but it WAS funny. And the effort Bruce put into it… did anybody besides me watch the behind-the-scenes? He went so far as to build the “town” on his own land. Now THAT’S dedication to B-movies. lol

    IMHO Bruce is getting too old to play Ash. SK47 I think has the right idea… if he came rushing in to save the day, that’s the only possible way I’d see it. A remake with a new Ash would be sacrilege.