Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sony to distribute 'Evil Dead'

Ghost House boards remake of horror film

The Sam Raimi-Rob Tapert remake of "Evil Dead" is moving forward with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict partnering with Ghost House Pictures, and Sony Pictures to distribute worldwide excluding the U.K. and France.

Raimi and Tapert announced the remake in July, tapping Fede Alvarez to write and direct Ghost House's remake of their seminal 1981 cult horror film "The Evil Dead."

SPWA president Steven Bersch and FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel made the distribution announcement Wednesday and said the remake is on track for a production start next year. Lia Buman, FilmDistrict's exec VP of acquisitions, will oversee the project; Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee for Ghost House.

Original producing partners Tapert, Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) and Sam Raimi will produce, with Ghost House partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane exec producing.

"For 30 years, Sam, Bruce and I have been looking for the right home where we could return the deadites to the bigscreen," Tapert said in a statement. "Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake at Sony and Peter Schlessel at FilmDistrict have always been incredible partners who share our passion for great storytelling as well as our obsession for scaring the pants off the audience. Together, we are looking forward to terrorizing a whole new generation."

Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues, and "Juno" writer Diablo Cody did revisions on the draft. Story centers on five friends holed up at a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead; a demonic force is unleashed, possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival.

The franchise had ended with 1992's "Army of Darkness."


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Evil Dead News Visits The Evil Dead Filming Location in Morristown, Tennessee

On November 18, 2011, some friends and I went to the actual filming location of The Evil Dead in Morristown, Tennessee. I got directions to this location online and found them to be quite accurate. Right before we got to what remains of the Evil Dead cabin, we were stopped by a funeral procession - a little spooky, to say the least. Below are pictures, taken in order, as we walked toward the site where The Evil Dead was filmed (click on any image to enlarge):

The entrance leading to what remains of the cabin:

A "No Trespassing" sign is posted at the entrance of the location:

The beginning of the trail that leads to the cabin's remains:

The trail itself:

The open area right before you see the chimney of the cabin:

The exact spot of the cabin:

The hole dug for the cellar trap door scenes:

The chimney:

The area behind the cabin:

While in Morristown, we ate at the Little Dutch Restaurant. We were greeted by a woman named Tommy, who said she knew a few locals who Fake Shemped in The Evil Dead. I left my email and phone number with Tommy and hope to hear from some of these people soon.

Bruce Campbell and other cast and crew ate at the Little Dutch while filming The Evil Dead. On the wall of the restaurant is a photo of Bruce and others associated with The Evil Dead visiting the restaurant on the night of the Morristown premiere.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sneak Peek Roundup: Blu-ray extras for Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn 25th Anniversary Edition

Bruce Campbell discusses the film's MPAA rating and the creation of the "distribution company" Rosebud:

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Spinning Around:

The Make-up Team:


Working with Sam Raimi:


Three videos over at

"Screenwriting the sequel"
"Sam and Bruce"

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Maxim: Bruce Campbell Talks Evil Dead Re-Make, Fake Shemps and the Butt of Jean-Claude Van Damme

It’s no lie to say that we’re huge, huge Bruce Campbell fans around here. so when the man himself sauntered into our office, we had to ask him a question or 60. The guy is every bit as charming, funny and entertaining as you’d expect (Bruce, you said you’d give us $50 for typing that, right?)

What did you do for Halloween?
I don’t do anything on Halloween.


Your fans might be disappointed by that.
Are they shocked to realize that I’m my own person?

Well, some of them, probably, yeah.
Well they’re gonna have to be. It’s the one time of year that I don’t have to wear a stupid costume! I do charge on Halloween, though. So I’ll wear a silly outfit, but it’s gonna cost you.

Out of interest, had we wanted you here in our office on Halloween in a stupid costume, how much would that set us back?
Ten to twenty thousand dollars. If you really want to talk turkey.

Okay, I think we can probably raise that.
Do it, do it!

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