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If an original film has a splendid core concept, but a budget too low or a director too inept to do it justice, I don't mind a remake. I'll applaud it.

The most toxic remake thus far has been "Total Recall", which was terrible simply because it used the original as a crutch at more than a few points and, despite having a massive budget and 20 years of technological advancement on the original: felt less exciting and epic.
Closer to the book, sure, but just not as much fun.

And now they've turned their gaze upon "Evil Dead".

Now, I'm not going to try and defend the original Evil Dead, because it's not actually that great a film. This is proven with "Evil Dead 2", in which the entirety of the preceding movie's plot and purpose is successfully reduced to an opening act. Something that wouldn't have been possible were the movie, y'know; good.
"Evil Dead 2" is awesome. It's called a "cult classic" for a reason, and, in my eyes, should have rendered the whole franchise "sacred", meaning you don't touch the damn thing. Sure, make an "Evil Dead 4", something set in the same universe with different characters, but don't do a remake! It'd be like doing a remake of "Ghostbusters"; you'd only succeed in tainting the franchise with something devoid of the magic that made the original so great.
And the teaser for the new "Evil Dead" film suggests it's had that magic cut out of it. And not even with a chainsaw…..…

They've made the iconic cabin/book/chainsaw combo look like every other gore-fest out there.
Bloody, but bland.
  • Listening to: Booming Orchestral Scores
  • Reading: Assorted comics.
  • Watching: TV
  • Playing: Fallout 3 (Been ages since I've walked the waste)
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Water.
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weird-coma Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Not to mention changing Ash to a chick. Don't get me wrong, some of the best horror films have strong female leads, but Ash? Really?
Wafflebob Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I think you exactly nailed the problem with rebooting cult classics. It's impossible to re-capture the magic that made it awesome in the first place. Even when you look at a series of cult classics, like take the Friday the 13th films. There's what, 11 movies in that franchise now? They're not all good, they're not all cult classics. Hollywood also doesn't seem to realize that often what makes movies into classics with a rabid fanbase are the things they LACK rather than what they have. It's the horrible special effects, limitations on props and camera equipment, horrendous writing and kitschy costumes that make these things last.
lodarkcloud Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
sounds horrible, just glad the crow remake talks have ceased
MakoCrab Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in full agreement with the op. This looks all kinds of generic and bland to me. All serious and trying to be scary. Meh. Were it not for the over-the-top zaniness of parts 2 and (to a lesser extent) 3, Evil Dead wouldn't have nearly the following that it does.
ZeroSonicDrive Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
my reaction from when i first found out that there was going to be a remake: [link]
Glori305 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
You said "remake" and "Ghostbusters" in the same sentence. When they ruin this film with a remake, I will blame you.
Lizardlicks Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh bluh :(
dinshino Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
How sad. I've also heard rumors of a RoboCop remake. The concept art I've seen for just looks awful.
jollyjack Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Wait till you see the production's much, much worse.....
dinshino Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Just did *shutter* Why must Hollywood suck the joy out of classics? If they're that desperate for material, why not remake some silent films with sound and color? "The Cabinet of Dr. Calaghari" or "The Doorman" would both be good ones.
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