April 06, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.
In “Evil Dead,” Fede Alvarez’s remake of Sam Raimi’s cult classic, Jane Levy plays heroin addict Mia, whose friends (Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore) sequester themselves with her in a cabin to help her kick the habit. As in Raimi’s original, they discover and read from an ancient book bound in human skin — the Necronomicon — and unintentionally awaken a demonic force. As Mia begins to experience the consequences, her friends assume she’s going through heroin withdrawal. Levy, 23, has been making a name for herself in comedy, starring as sharp-witted Tessa Altman in the ABC television series “Suburgatory” as well as taking on film roles in “Fun Size” and “Nobody Walks” last year. But “Evil Dead” is Levy’s first foray into the world of horror, and the actress said nothing could have prepared […]
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 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 […]
Feb. 25, 2013 | 3:44 p.m.
Excited to see Sam Raimi’s lavish interpretation of the world of L. Frank Baum, “Oz the Great and Powerful”? Hero Complex will host a free screening of the film at the AMC Century City 15 & IMAX on Wednesday, March 6, two days before the movie opens in theaters. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with actor Zach Braff. The RSVP opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday; log on to www.latimes.com/OZ to register to attend the screening. “Oz the Great and Powerful” is the first film from Raimi since his 2009 horror outing, “Drag Me to Hell.” Here, he’s working squarely in the family film tradition, creating a spectacle event movie that takes place prior to the events depicted in the Oscar-winning 1939 musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” In the screenplay, credited to Mitchell […]
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. 04, 2013 | 4:36 p.m.
The crowds at New York Comic-Con went wild in October when Bruce Campbell — in a splashy, vibrant suit — debuted footage from the “Evil Dead” remake due out in April. Now an extreme red-band trailer for the new incarnation of Sam Raimi’s landmark horror film is making the rounds online to much fanfare (and some consternation). Raimi, who like Campbell and fellow “Evil Dead” producer Robert G. Tapert has a producer credit on the new movie, says he can’t wait for genre fans to have the chance to see first-time feature director Fede Alvarez’s update of the revered 1981 cult horror film that launched his career. “I instantly sensed that he was a great storyteller, really sharp, funny, sincere, wanted to really entertain the audience in a new way,” Raimi said of Alvarez, who previously made the lauded 2009 […]
Oct. 24, 2012 | 3:36 p.m.
Bruce Campbell assured fans at New York Comic Con earlier this month that “Evil Dead,” director Fede Alvarez’s remake of Sam Raimi’s revered 1981 cult horror film, would be awesome. Today, a new red-band trailer for the 2013 film seems to suggest that the movie might just in fact be awfully groovy. Campbell, of course, starred in the original film as the beleaguered hero Ash, a regular Joe who finds himself in a living nightmare after a quick trip to a cabin in the woods with some pals turns deadly once demonic forces are unleashed. The movie was a labor of love for the young friends from Michigan, who, along with producer Robert G. Tapert, birthed one of the most beloved (and profitable) low-budget indie horror franchises ever. Given the rabid fan following for not only “The Evil Dead” but […]
June 17, 2011 | 4:42 p.m.
The “Evil Dead” franchise is being resurrected (again), this time in mobile gaming form. A new iPad and iPhone app lets users maneuver Ash, Bruce Campbell‘s character in Sam Raimi‘s famous cult horror movies, as he wields boomsticks, axes and chain saws to take out 30 levels of Deadites. The 3-D shooter game was created by Trigger Apps and Ghost House Pictures, Raimi and Robert Tapert‘s production company. “Sam, Bruce and I have always been interested in finding ways to bring our 1980s ‘Evil Dead’ into the digital age,” said Tapert, who produced the “Evil Dead” films. The game, which features the film’s original score, follows the movie’s plot in the first half of the game, then introduces new characters and story line in the second half. Tapert said the app aimed to “stay true to the feel” of the […]