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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…..

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceBXUy…

They've made the iconic cabin/book/chainsaw combo look like every other gore-fest out there.
Bloody, but bland.
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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?
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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.
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lodarkcloud Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
sounds horrible, just glad the crow remake talks have ceased
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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.
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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]
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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.
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Lizardlicks Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh bluh :(
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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.
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Wait till you see the production stills.....it's much, much worse.....
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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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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really?!

As I recall evil dead 2 was the remake of Evil dead because the producers actually then had a real budget to work with. Plus they then had to make better product and not repeat the infamous 'tree' scene in the original or the clay-mation melt down scenes.
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Gx3RComics Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
They don't care, they're going to remake EVERYTHING they can and if they screw up? They'll just remake it again but attach RETRIBUTION to the subtitle.
I'm waiting for them to try their hand at Aliens and see how bad they can mess that up.
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RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Prometheus series is probably the closest they're gonna get to "remaking" Aliens.
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Gx3RComics Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Who knows, there's already a game by SEGA coming out that I hear writes Alien 3 off the story arch...thankfully that's a good thing in my book. Then again a game doesn't exactly have that kind of push I don't think but eh.
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RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aliens: Colonial Marines? Or is this something else?
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Gx3RComics Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
That'd be the game, I thought I typed it, blame lack of sleep. Or some other fun excuse!
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Jaebird88 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I pretty much thought the same. It looked like it should have come out around the time of the Saw films, what with the body horror for shock value that we see in this trailer.
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DawnZiarte Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"... tainting the franchise with something devoid of the magic that made the original so great."
^ This is exactly how I feel about 90% of remakes.
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dantespard Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
What...the...fuck. Why does it look like the only thing they kept was the tree rape from the original?
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Chwen-Hoou Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I'm going into this with high hopes but low expectations really. I discovered the Evil Dead series in reverse, starting with Army of Darkness first then ED2 and finally the original ED. Going in like that, I thought the entire series was straight up action/horror/comedy... until I saw Evil Dead... at night... alone.

Kept all the lights on in my house after that. ^^;

I'm gonna give the remake some slack since it has Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell overseeing this rather then having it end up in Platinum Dunes. Plus I've heard it won't be a CGI fest, sticking with traditional FX work. Also, the remake is sticking with the first Evil Dead; no focus on an "Ash" hero, no chainsaw hand, no goofiness. Just a story of five youngsters going into the middle of nowhere, running into some bad shit, and only one (?) making it out. The reason why the original was funny was due to the less-than-experienced actors and the dialog (I.E. "We can't bury Shelly! She's a friend of ours."). It will have humor but mostly dark humor from what I've heard. Again, I'm holding my judgement until I see the finished piece.

Still, at least its not as batshit bizarre as George Lucas selling Lucasfilms to Disney.

[link]

Yeah, I have no idea what to make of that.
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
According to the folks who got to see the extended NYCC footage, it's basically now a teen slasher flick with extra gore.
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MarvelousHarvey Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
If I were to go on about everything wrong with what I just saw, this ever-expanding text box would explode. So I'll just sum up my feelings with one word...FAIL!
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GABB3R Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Spot on. My first impressions about the trailer are that it is just gory and bland, just like so many other horror movies going the way of gore for the sake of showing gore.
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demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
without Campbell as Ash, it cannot work.
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Dhaem17 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Actually I like "Evil Dead" more than "Evil Dead 2". I'm weird like that.

"Army of Darkness" is still THE BEST, period.
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wraithdragon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So don't watch it then. *shrugs*
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BigLoader69 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
WHYYYYYY!?
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously dude. Board up you windows, rip your internet cable out of the wall, throw your phone in the river, threaten the paper boy to stop delivering and smash your TV with a sledgehammer. That way your nostalgia bubble will be forever safe.
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tomthefanboy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I thought it looked like they were trying to take things seriously and distance themselves from the campy element. That's what made the originals more endearing, sure, but I think that they could do a solid remake.

I am still going to go see this. I saw the musical after all.
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ConnorCat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
And interestingly, there seem to be glimpses of what looks like something very similar to the infamous "tree rape" scene from the first...
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Vausch-Rekab Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Meh. Original has its charm and deserves a spot on the list of achievement's for low-budget horror and for being the base of Evil Dead 2. The remake... Well, I'm calling this now: Dog gets possessed and kills/causes its owner to be possessed if it doesn't live until the ending.

That said, if this turns into Evil Dead meets Hostel in terms of torture porn, well that's just another movie I'll never see.
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I'm sure there are some people in Hollywood with original ideas instead of retreads and remakes of old movies. Too bad those people don't know the right people or the right asses to kiss to get attention. The people responsible for this travesty need to feel the wrath of the Chin himself (especially if Bruce Campbell doesn't stand to make a dime off of it).
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DarksealStudios Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
How dare you talk about sam raimi like that..... and he's directing the new one as well, so yeah. As wonderful as i think a 3 evil dead movies were, I don't mind a remake either. But it's only because Raimi IS involved, as well as Bruce Campbell.

Not all remakes are a good idea, but this is one I can get behind.
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CanadianVampireSpino Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm actually pretty intrigued by this "remake"(I call it a spin-off,since Ash isn't mentioned nor in it)
And hey,Sam Raimi is producing and writing the screenplay,as well as Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert are producing too.So it already makes me feel better.
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Karzed Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Hollywood's race to the bottom has reached the point were not only remakes, but nearly its entire output is unwatchable, anyway.

Actual quality films have become the exception rather than the rule. In case of the horror genre, Cabin in the Woods succeeded because the makers risked something by taking common tropes and deconstructing/shifting them around to create novelty instead of just rehashing the same old pulp and hoping the audience doesn't notice that by throwing massive amounts of lense flare and consorts at it.
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Marcusaralius76 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I loved the original walking dead. I mean, I know it was bad, but it was still awesome! I just hope they never try to remake Army of Darkness.
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RocMegamanX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Walking Dead"?!

Don't you mean "EVIL Dead"?
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Marcusaralius76 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I need to stop watching AMC once every few hours or so.
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RennisTora Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I... Don't want to live on this planet anymore. 8(
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Red-alert1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
the Ghostbusters remake will come out on december 2013
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djgaijin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
The original Evil Dead was low budget, sure, but I think it's a good movie on its own. It's pretty effective (and the tree scene is just plain disturbing). Sure it got cut down to the first act of Evil Dead 2, but remember that Evil Dead 2 was a comedy, which the original really wasn't. Different purposes.
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Darrtaa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm more worried about the "Red Dawn" remake...
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BigLoader69 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
What??
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Darrtaa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, that's apparently gonna be a thing. Here [link]
It looks like a weird cross between the original and the game "Home Front".
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BigLoader69 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I think some movies should never be remade.
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Darrtaa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My thoughts exactly.
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tkfox007 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find it interesting that they haven't touch Ghostbusters yet, but I don't see the Evil Dead as sacred. While yes they're good, but they are pretty goofy movies at the same time. I think Evil Dead is something they could remake if they kept it as goofy as the originals.

The only films that I consider sacred are the Back to the Future trilogy, if they were to remake that, I would start petitions just to stop it. Because you know that the time machine wouldn't be a Delorean and would probably be a Mustang or a Camero and they'd make it look sleek and futuristic rather than something built out of a garage. Marty McFly would be played by Shia Lebouf.

The present time would be set in 201X and they go back to 198X, no jokes or references could be made as someone from 1985 would dress and act very different to someone from 1955. There wouldn't be that much of a difference between someone from 2012 and someone from 1982 unless they decided to go with the over the top, ridiculous stereotype of the 80s time to the point where it wouldn't be realistic.

Back to the Future is a realistic interpretation of what could happen if someone did travel back 30 years. If they remade Back to the Future, they'd probably make it like Hot Tub Time Machine, which was good for that movie, but not good for Back to the Future.
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BigLoader69 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Don't give them no ideals.
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grayamir Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If it hasn't got Bruce Campbell, it's just another rip off.
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anotalenthack Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Well, it's been said that the original Evil Dead was a deliberate attempt at contemporary horror.
When they realized that people were laughing and not screaming, they decided that their best course of action was to "just go with it" and made Evil dead 2 as campy as they possibly could.

I think that this is an attempt to return to their roots.

It will bomb-- BAD. Because nowadays people are idiots who think that "contemporary horror" means torture porn.

I is sad... :(
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