Entertainment Weekly, bastion of geek culture reporting, has been gifted the first image from the remake of The Evil Dead. Overseen by Sam Raimi himself, this remake was written by Diablo Cody and directed by Fede Alvarez, whose short Panic Attack! got him a ton of attention three years ago.
A trailer debuted at New York Comic Con, and people who saw it said it was incredibly gory. Meredith Woerner's report at io9:
I spot a girl in the shower cutting up the sides of her mouth, while one of her cabinmates screams, "What are you doing?" Another girl's arm looks like it's covered in boils, and she takes an electric carving knife to her bicep. Someone starts up a chainsaw (the crowd goes insane at this). Cut to another girl trapped in the woods, wrapped with branches. Yep, the raping tree is back. Jane returns with white eyes, white skin and a black tongue, which she sticks out, provocatively licking an exposed knife. Slowly the knife starts splitting her tongue in half. She's doing this right in front the boil armed girl's face. The crowd goes wild.
The new version seems to be straight and serious - much more a return to Raimi's original video nasty movie. I'm okay with that - the splatstick has its place, and it isn't meant for every film or every director.
I'm sure we'll get a less gory trailer sometime soon, but the wildly positive response to this footage has me kinda hopeful.