Bruce Campbell and Jane Levy set for Evil Dead remake
Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead trilogy will forever be remembered for its low-budget effects and fusion of screwball comedy with ultra-gory horror. Is a remake really necessary? Of course not, but they’re going and doing one anyway.
It’s of some comfort that Raimi and Campbell are reuniting for the remake of the 1981 classic, albeit with Raimi as producer and Campbell only playing a supporting role. The plot will once again see a group of teenagers running off to a creepy cabin in the woods where they subsequently get decimated by supernatural beasts. To make the film more topical, or something, the lead will be played by a woman (Jane Levy) whose motive for going to the woods is to help her recover from a drug addiction.
In an interview, Levy has suggested that the remake will have a different tone from the original. She said
‘I think the humour in the first one came from the special effects of the time. I don’t know that they meant it to be funny…this one is not funny. It’s definitely dark.’
So there we have it. An unfunny, less Bruce-Campbelly remake of Evil Dead. Pardon me for my cynicism.