April 04, 2013 | 6:15 a.m.
Fede Alvarez still remembers the first time he watched “The Evil Dead.” Inside a darkened Santa Monica editing bay where he was putting the finishing touches on his remake of the 1981 horror film, the Uruguay native recalled when he was 12, and he and a friend had ventured into a video store two blocks from his home in Montevideo, urging the clerk to recommend something really scary. “We were done with all the ‘Nightmares on Elm Street’ and ‘Friday the 13th,’” said Alvarez, whose “Evil Dead” opens in theaters Friday. “We asked the guy, ‘We’ve seen it all, give us something real.’ I remember him looking around, and he was like, ‘Here, take this, kid, and run.’” More than 30 years after its initial release, there remains something delightfully transgressive about “The Evil Dead,” the ultra-low-budget horror flick that […]
March 10, 2013 | 11:40 a.m.
Howard Berger is the Oscar-winning makeup artist who took home his golden statuette for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (a prize he shared with longtime collaborator Tami Lane, who went on to oversee the makeup for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”). His latest professional challenge again transported him to another fanciful land — for Sam Raimi’s lavish fantasy “Oz the Great and Powerful,” he designed makeups for Munchkins, Wicked Witches and one strangely familiar Winkie. Berger spoke to Hero Complex prior to the film’s release about the intricacies of redesigning one of cinema’s most iconic villains — though with spoilers in mind, he declined to name the actress who ultimately becomes the movie’s Wicked Witch — and what it was like to re-team with his old friend Raimi. (The pair first worked […]
March 05, 2013 | 2:39 p.m.
It was the news “Evil Dead” fans have been wanting to hear for years: In a recent interview promoting his upcoming Disney fantasy “Oz the Great and Powerful,” director Sam Raimi mentioned that he and his brother Ivan were planning to craft a script for the next installment in their beloved cult horror movie franchise this summer. And then he backpedaled. In an interview with Bleeding Cool, Raimi said he’s felt pressured by the rabid “Evil Dead” fan base to return to the series that launched his career, but that he doesn’t exactly have the passion or enthusiasm to tackle the project right now. “I’m afraid that every time I talk about it people get really mad at me when I don’t follow through with it. I would like to work on the script over the summer, that much is […]
Jan. 19, 2013 | 5:48 p.m.
The king of rock ‘n’ roll is back to take care of some unfinished business. “Bubba Ho-Tep,” Don Coscarelli’s quirky tale about the unlikely friendship that springs up between Elvis and John F. Kennedy as they face off against an ancient mummy in a dilapidated retirement community, returns to theaters beginning this weekend as part of a promotional effort to tout Coscarelli’s latest project, “John Dies at the End,” which opens Friday. The film screened Friday night in Los Angeles, and is set for a handful of dates across the country in the coming weeks. Adapted from a short story by Joe R. Lansdale, “Bubba Ho-Tep” has amassed a significant cult following in the years since its 2002 premiere at the CineVegas International Film Festival. The story supposes that it wasn’t Elvis Presley who died in such an ignominious fashion […]
Jan. 11, 2013 | 4:29 p.m.
Chances are you missed the chance to see Don Coscarelli’s “Bubba Ho-Tep” when it opened in theaters in 2002; most people did. But a second chance is coming soon, as the cult favorite is returning to the big screen for a midnight showing to coincide with the release of Coscarelli’s new film, “John Dies at the End.” Movies don’t come much odder than “Bubba Ho-Tep,” a horror comedy adapted from a Joe R. Lansdale short story about an elderly Elvis Presley and a man claiming to be JFK battling an evil Egyptian mummy in a Texas retirement home. The movie came and went quickly on its initial release, but it’s picked up a fair number of admirers over the years. The film starred Bruce Campbell as an aging Presley and Ossie Davis as JFK. Both men have reasons for why […]