'Evil Dead' remake opens to a roaring crowd at SXSW

By Steven Mitchell,

The remake of the 1981 cult indie classic, Evil Dead, opened at the South by Southwest festival with a pleased crowd.

According to The Huffington Post, the remake of the horror film was shaken up a tad, but stays true to its horror origins. This is all thanks to producers Sam Raimi, director of the original, and Bruce Campbell, star of the original.

The masterminds behind the horror classic brought in a fresh director, Fede Alvarez, and a small cast of Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci and Elizabeth Blackmore.

Although the remake is full of blood just like the original, the story has a new twist to it. Instead of five college students on vacation, the remake features five high school pals meeting up to help one of them kick a drug problem. The “Book of Dead” is found and that is when evil possesses all of them one by one until one is left. There will be no "hero" like in the original, as the remake will be more of an ensemble.

Evil Dead won’t be the only one, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Producer Bruce Campbell spoke to the audience after the screening and revealed that a trilogy is in the works just like the original. Campbell dished that Evil Dead 2 is already being written and a third will be on the way as well.



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