Bruce Campbell has seen the new Evil Dead, still swears it's awesome, is probably making a cameo

The Evil Dead Reassurance Tour marches on! The new installment of the classic horror trilogy being directed by Fede Alvarez has just finished principal photography in New Zealand, and Bruce Campbell has seen the footage! He is a producer on the flick, along with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, and he provided some quotes to Digital Spy that 1. acknowledge how die-hard fans are not taking news of this remake very well, and 2. to quote Michael Bay, they need to chill out.

But since Campbell is not Bay, he uses much different words and actually takes the opinions of Evil Dead fans into consideration. (Read: Is less of a dick about it.)

Here are his words:

[I]t’s going to take a bit to get the ‘Evil Dead’ fans behind it. We know we’ve pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn’t screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie...
I’ve seen it already; I think it’s definitely fabulous.

Campbell goes on to say that we need to consider this movie to be a member of the Evil Dead family, but not one who is trying to commit patricide and take over. It's a brand new movie with brand new people who are battling the evil demons and monsters we know and love, and we should welcome them into the fold. If you need even more reasons, there's this: fancy special effects!

The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979.

Plus, none of them knew what they were doing on the first movie! While it's true that gives it a certain charm -- or as Campbell puts it, "amateur enthusiasm" -- imagine if it had a budget. Shiny, shiny money to make it super-duper shiny! I can think of one person who is probably excited about having a little extra money on hand, and that person is Ted Raimi. Now they can hire a professional to sweat buckets in a rubber suit and spin from the ceiling like a demented piñata! But don't be surprised if he shows up somewhere, maybe getting hit in the face with a branch by his brother Sam, in an "off-camera" cameo.

Speaking of cameos, I'm going to put my money on one featuring Bruce Campbell. Why? Because rather than just say he wasn't going to do one, his words were, "I’m not at liberty to discuss that," then more emphasis on this being an entirely different story from the first movies. See, why not just an emphatic "NO"? It would make plot sense to not have him there, but it would make zero spiritual sense to have any breed of Evil Dead movie without the Grand Poobah himself.

Bruce Campbell has seen the new 'Evil Dead' and says "It's fabulous"! [Bloody Disgusting]


  1. I’m not excited about this movie at all.  But I still love Bruce Campbell, damn it!  If chins could talk, indeed.   Bubba-Hotep is an amazing movie.  He is the only person on earth now who should be allowed to play Elvis…

    But yeah.   Not at all excited about this remake.  Sorry Bruce!  :-/

  2. Before anyone gets too excited, don’t forget that Ash didn’t get his chainsaw hand until “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.”

  3. I’m showing my age but I was too young to see the original Evil Dead in the theater. In fact I don’t even remember it being out. The same is true of  Evil Dead II, although, in college, my friends and I rented it so many times it would have been cheaper if we’d just bought a copy.

    So seeing Army Of Darkness in the theater had a special thrill for me–especially since the theaters in my area only seemed to allow it one screening before they yanked it.

    And I’m looking forward to the new one. Also I’m still miffed that I still haven’t gotten a chance to see Evil Dead: The Musical.

    1.  For the love of all that is holy, unholy, or neutral, get a seat in the splatter zone when you do finally get to see Evil Dead: The Musical.

  4. I’m not convinced that an increased budget makes a better Evil Dead.
    Part of these film’s charm was their spontaneous craziness, they were funny because of the neat hand held camera tricks, not to mention the Plasticine animations. Wait – well I guess the animations could do with some work… hmmm.

    1. I’m not convinced that an increased budget makes a better Evil Dead.

      Refuted by Evil Dead II, which is basically the first movie redone with a better budget.

  5. IMO – the budget is of no consequence.  In order for this to be a true ED, you simply have to spend 14 minutes on the front-end, introducing characters. Then you launch into a non-stop eye-bleeding laugh-out-loud experience that simply never quits.  That, and lots of first-person camera action.

  6. If it’s evil and it’s dead, I’m for it. There simply aren’t enough evil dead things around. More evil, more dead, I’m a happy guy. A happy, evil, dead guy.

  7. I just dont get the need to remake it.  There is already an awesome evil dead movie, the original.

    What are they gonna do, add cellphones?  Horrible CGI special effects?

    1. … you realize that they did, in fact, remake the original, right? It was called Evil Dead 2 and it was pretty popular…

      1. People seem to be forgetting that the original Evil Dead was not the kind of splatstick comedy romp that the franchise turned into. It was made and sold as a straight-up horror movie, and that’s how it played to audiences when it first came out. Yes, it was stylish and surreal, and some of the violent choreography was inspired by 3 Stooges shorts, but
        that only made it more shocking. And frankly, the woman-being-raped-by-a-tree sequence alone takes that first film out of the horror-comedy genre and into someplace much darker.

        ED2 belongs with Re-Animator and Dead/Alive as a splatstick genre-definer, but the original ED is more like combining the OTT gore of H.G. Lewis with the sustained anxiety and madness of Hooper’s original TCM.

        I’m curious to see which way the remake goes on this spectrum. I think I’d be rather pleased if the remake emphasized the horror aspect over the splatstick stuff, but I imagine I’m in the minority.

        1.  I remember desperately wanting to see the first Evil Dead after reading a review by the inimitable Joe Bob Briggs that had this breathless line:  ” And get this! There’s a scene where a girl is raped by the woods. I don’t mean ‘in the woods’, I mean BY THE WOODS!!’ [paraphrasing, but that should be close]

  8. Raimi’s approached this from the beginning as wanting to give an up-and-comer a shot at doing his own take, and I respect that.  Maybe it’ll be good and maybe it’ll be bad and maybe it’ll be so bad it’s good or maybe it’ll just be mediocre (which I think would be the worst fate of all; bad movies are way more fun than mediocre ones).

    I’d like to see Raimi and Campbell continue the series from Army of Darkness too, but I don’t object to a new Evil Dead on principle.  We’ll see how it goes.

  9. I don’t even care if there is another evil dead, I’d just like Raimi and Campbell do a comedy together.

    The name and continuity of evil dead is irrelevant.

  10. I’m  looking forward to it. I think they acknowledge that they have big shoes to fill and hopefully won’t let us down.

  11. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell working together? I am 100% in favor of it. If you’re not, you’re a filthy interloper among us, and you ought to be TOSSED INTO THE PIT.

  12. It’s great we get to see and have more Evil Dead, sure the first owes much to the innovation a shoestring budget can bring – but I am salivating with anticipation at the prospect of a new member to the family with fancy special effects.

    Yo she-bitch, let’s go!

  13. I’ll check it out, but I am dubious that the big budget will out do the original. The ghetto fabulousness of the original is what made it so great. Look at other examples of big budget effects ‘improving’ a movie >cough George Lucas cough<

  14. I’m not always certain that Bruce is able to look at these kinds of things objectively. People may  recall a slew of Evil Dead video games that came out in the early to mid 2000s, and at the time, every time, Bruce told us how it was gonna be the greatest thing we’d ever seen, and lived up to the ED name. But God bless him those games were at best boring and at worst unplayable, so it’s made it really hard for me to believe him at face value when he plugs something as great. Maybe it’s just that Bruce doesn’t really understand or play games, and was sold by the pitch the developers or publishers gave him, or something, and maybe the Evil Dead remake really will be amazing like he says. I really hope so, but I’m holding my optimism at bay until I see some reviews.

  15. I met Bruce Campbell once. He was a money-grubbing asshole, who has now ruined anything associated with him for me. But truly, who cares if they make a crappy remake. The original film is still there to enjoy. And hell, it may end up being good…

  16. My knee jerk reaction is to hate it, but I’m going to have to wait and see it. Raimi still has yet to direct or produce something that I have outright hated. It may not be a good Evil Dead movie but it may be a good movie.

  17. If they would’ve picked some other person than Diablo Cody to  write the script then it might have made me more excited to see a new “Evil Dead” type movie.  Diablo Cody is a horrible choice for a horror writer.  We’ll see. I love ya, Bruce but I’ll be pissed if you are just trying to sell us schlock to make a buck.

    1. I don’t know; I saw Juno, it didn’t completely feel like chewing on broken glass, but I did not see Jennifer’s Body so maybe her writing took a sharp left to Rusty-Nails-Under-My-Fingers-ville (Megan Fox gets the distinction of spoilling that movie for me). I’m sure they could have found someone worse to write the new ED too.

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