Director Fede Alvarez Finds The Spirit Of The Evil Dead

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-03-12 09:01:45discussion comments
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Sam Raimi has a very specific style and he honed a lot of that in the early part of his career making the Evil Dead movies. Iím curious, when you were approaching the project, obviously, you want to have the homages to the original film, but at the same time, you donít want to have it completely overtake your own personal direction.

It was a challenge and for me. Youíre remaking a movie that is particularly iconic because of the directorís style and that was scary. That was scary because I always had my way to do things and Iíve been doing shorts since I was a kid, so my style is whatever, it's the way I like to do things. Thatís everybodyís style. Itís just the way you like to do things. So, I felt like I shouldnít have to worry about it. I should just go and shoot this movie the way I like to shoot and then whatever. Whatever will happen will happen. And there were some moments when I felt bad, when I was shooting and I did a take and I felt it was too similar and usually I would call it off and change it. Itís like, ďNo, no, no, no...Ē I didnít want to do it. I didnít want to include "the force" in the beginning - I felt like, thatís Sam Raimiís force. And then I took it that way. I felt like, letís have Sam Raimiís force as almost sort of a Sam Raimi cameo in the movie, that way if we have that. Itís not a crucial part of the movie. Itís not there all of the time. Itís just like you unleash the horror in the beginning...

And fans love to see it.

Exactly, exactly. And so I took it more that way and then I think itís so different, the rest of the movie in general. And the movie starts with an upside-down shot. I think nobody noticed. Everybody was so crazy with the title, nobody noticed that we start with an upside down forest.

Totally.

But that also was, I think, for me, when I watch it as a kid, what I thought was original about his style that in the opening moment there, you follow Bruce upside down.

I do also want to ask, you sent shock waves around the internet when you announced that youíre planning a sequel after the screening. Iím wondering, where do you go from here and what is the direction you have planned?

Thatís a good question. I think it has to go to a place that nobody will expect. Thatís what it should be. I think we surprised people with this one because, you know, the trailers, people were saying, ďOh, theyíre trying to make it a cooler and grittier version,Ē and I knew it wasnít that [laughs]. So I think thatís what we have to do now. We have to take everybody by surprise and do something completely different, because thatís what we owe to the legacy of Evil Dead. The Evil Dead has nothing to do with the second one, the second one is completely different, the characters are different, and itís a different movie even though people think itís so similar. But theyíre quite different in the nature and the spirit of the movie. And the third one! Itís medieval times! The Medieval Dead!

Will it be that big of a jump?

Who knows! Maybe. And then this one, if you compare it with the first one, itís a throwback to the first one, but itís also a completely different movie. I donít think this one is similar to any other previous ones Ė itís the same spirit, but itís not just like it. So I think that the next one is definitely going to have that. If people enjoy this one, believe me, the second one is going to be a fucking blast.

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