Oh no! It’s Scott from the original Evil Dead! And not “Party Down!” Scott……but demonically possessed Scott! His eyes….my God, look at his eyes! No seriously, look at them because this is a staring contest. Try not to be distracted by his suddenly grey hair. Or that blood coming out of his mouth. Keep focused and just think about how annoying his laugh was in the movie and that will make you want to defeat him even more. Oh wait – Ash just stepped in and gouged both of his eyes out with his thumbs! You win!!!!!!!!!
Do you like 80’s slasher movies? Do you like lots of gore and creative death scenes in your slasher movies? Well have I got the movie for you then! Ok – enough of my special infomercial voice, let’s talk about heads getting cut in half by band saws. That was an awkward transition.
Welcome to Monday Bloody Monday and this week I am showcasing a little slasher movie with some big names attached. Ever heard of Bruce Campbell? Sam Raimi? Good, then you get a cookie. In 1989, Raimi’s friend Scott Spiegel directed and wrote Intruder – a slasher about a maniac killing people in a supermarket. The potatoes weren’t the only thing that was half-off that day. Case in point, this guy’s head in the clip below that happened to meet an angry band saw. Still one of the best death scenes ever in my opinion. Enjoy!
I always seem to forget about Drag Me To Hell. And every time that I do remember it, another scene pops into my head. Sorry to say that it isn’t the scene where the toothless gypsy woman gnaws on Christine’s face in the parking garage. It’s all about jump scares this time, and Drag Me To Hell has one of the best jump scares of all time in the scene below. There’s even a precursor jump scare to the main jump scare to warm you up a little bit.
I think the reason that the ‘Window Demon’ jump scare works so well is because there is already a sense of chaos established after Christine sees the shadow come under the door. Things are already ramping up, so when the jump scare happens, it’s effective and mostly because of the intense sound design of the demon’s voice. If you didn’t jump at all at that moment in the scene, then congratulations to you for being better than everyone else who did jump! There’s a cake coming in your honor and maybe a stripper too. I’m writing with sarcasm by the way, so you can’t hold me to those promises.
A horror film from recent years that always seems to get lost in the shuffle for me is Sam Raimi’s 2009 triumphant return to the genre: Drag Me To Hell. It’s fun, a little twisted, has a few good jump scares, and there’s a possessed goat too. How the hell could a movie with a possessed goat get lost in the shuffle??? I feel somewhat ashamed that I forget about this movie, so what better time to pull it off the shelf than on Halloween night this year.
Drag Me To Hell, as I previously mentioned, was director Sam Raimi’s comeback horror movie that gave us all a combined feel of his Evil Dead trilogy. Definitely tongue-in-cheek throughout, I was pretty surprised at how many times I jumped during the movie and loved how Raimi didn’t only go the slapstick route like he did in Army Of Darkness.
I liken the experience I had with Drag Me To Hell to how I felt the first time I saw The Cabin In The Woods. Both were a breath of fresh air to the horror genre and both enjoyed moderate success as well. So that’s it. I’m ending my Drag Me To Hell drought this year on Halloween night and I might even get up and do a little Deadite dance as well. My apologies to anyone around me at that time who has to witness that.
Ok – I retract some of what I said about remakes in the previous Carrie post. I do however stand by my stance on that remake most likely being a shot for shot redux when it’s all said and done. Now when it was announced that The Evil Dead was being remade earlier in the year, I shook my head non stop for about an hour, leading to a monumental headache and a gross amount of stares from people around me. Ahhh, but then both Sam Raimi (producer on the remake) and Bruce Campbell (also a producer) came out and said that die hard Deadite fans should fear not, because the Evil Dead remake would be: scary, bloody, and waaaay over the top! Well, thanks to some bootleg camera work from the recent New York Comic Con, we get a glimpse at the madness and trust me when I say, it looks REALLY good!
I don’t even know where to begin with the awesomeness of that bootleg footage. Fun fact btw: because this is bootleg footage, therefore “illegal”, watch it while you can because it will most likely be yanked soon until a proper teaser is released. **See, they took it down already – click HERE to go over to Arrow In The Head and check it out before they take that one down too** Now, back to the footage. Many, many nods to the original Evil Dead including: the hyper camera movement through the woods, blood splattering on the lights, chainsaws, and of course the raping trees. In addition to that, it looks like a lot more nasty self mutilation is in store and that tongue splitting at the end looked amazing. If this footage is any indication, they really got this one right people. And this Evil Dead remake looks like it has the potential to be one of scariest horror movies that has come out in a long time, not to mention one of the goriest. Keep those fingers crossed everybody and mark April 13th, 2013 down on your horror calendar!
If you were one of the five people that read my post about the fake Evil Dead remake trailer, then you know that I was already giddy about the deadite redo. Then we got word for Bruce Campbell himself that he thought it was “fabulous” and the effects were going to be “10 times better” (hopefully better than that toolshed scene in Drag Me To Hell….god that was awful….I mean seriously….but I love that movie so I can let that one scene slide). Now I didn’t know how to really read Bruce’s comments. On one hand you want to say “Oh wow! The original Ash loves the new remake!”. On the other slightly bigger hand, the skeptic comes out and his comments are filled with a little too much excitement (kind of like when you get some flannel pajamas from your parents on Xmas and have to fake it).
Well folks, now we get word from Sam Raimi himself, who along with Bruce Campbell are producers, that the remake is: Really bloody. It’s so bloody, it will make your head spin. I’ve seen almost all the dailies and they’re really going for it. It’s gonna be grisly and intense and non-stop. Ok – anticipation just got bumped up a notch past the Garbage Pail Kids Movie remake. Not only did he say that, but he also said that it will: Definitely have an R rating. Maybe worse.
So to recap – both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi are fully endorsing and hyping up the Evil Dead remake, which if it sticks, is due in theaters April 12th, 2013. Now all we need is a big push and endorsement from Richard DeManincor who played the lovable Scott. Then we’ll really have something going! Stay tuned for more Evil Dead remake news as it comes in. Oh – did I mention that Sam Raimi also announced that he’s working on new horror movie script with his brother Ted? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? (cue head explosion)
So….April 12, 2013 is going to be a bittersweet date for me as a horror fan. It’s the day that the new Evil Dead remake comes out (dun dun duhhhhh!). The original 1981 Sam Raimi classic holds a special place in my horror heart because it was really the first horror movie that made me say “Holy Shit”, and because I was young, I wasn’t even supposed to be saying “Holy Shit”. The tree raping scene, the pencil in the ankle, that annoying laughing chick, and of course Scott saying “Party Down!”. The Evil Dead was and is the perfect low budget gorefest horror movie in my opinion, so the remake has some very big shoes to fill.
So while we wait in anticipation for more news and a real teaser/trailer for the remake (I’m digging the new logo and font that popped up at Comic-Con btw), a fan made trailer has popped up online and it deserves to be shared with you! Whoever put this together not only has a love for The Evil Dead, but also a love for the directing style of Sam Raimi and it really shows. Add to that the fact that it’s even presented in the common “bootleg” style that we see nowadays before an official trailer hits online, and that just adds to the awesomeness! So check it out below and stay tuned for more Evil Dead remake news as it comes in!
**EDIT** Turns out this is footage spliced together from Finnish rock band Lordi’s video for “Blood Red Sandman”. Sooooo – it’s not that original, and if anything, props should be given to Lordi for the initial concept for their video, but the fake trailer still has an impact and got some buzz throughout the horror world.