Fede Alvarez

April 06, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Evil Dead’: Jane Levy on the role that gave her nightmares (spoilers)

'Evil Dead' Jane Levy (AP featured image)
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.

‘Evil Dead’: Bruce Campbell, Fede Alvarez talk up ‘very scary’ remake

"Evil Dead" director Fede Alvarez, right, and producer Bruce Campbell, who was the star of the original film series. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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 […]
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