Speaking exclusively to SciFiNow, Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez has weighed in on an age-old debate by saying that Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi’s 1987 horror classic Evil Dead II was not a remake.
“Some people say Evil Dead II is a remake – they have no idea, it’s not true. In the first act Evil Dead II recaps something that wasn’t even what happened in The Evil Dead. The recap is just Ash with his girlfriend, but the first movie is Ash with four friends. It was a different story.”
The Uruguayan director reveals that he loved the Evil Dead universe and hailed from what he described as a ‘film geek’ circle of friends.
“We really know our shit. It’s very hard to catch us off guard. We love our mythologies and the Evil Dead universe, so we knew we weren’t going to make a film that made other fans say: ‘you did it wrong.’ I may do something that is not exactly what you want or exactly what you expect – fuck that. I want to make a film that I respect, and hopefully people will love it. Others won’t, but that’s the way it is.”
As to where he believes his film sits within the landscape of the franchise, Alvarez said he felt Evil Dead was less a remake and more of a follow-on from the 1981 original.
“It’s more within the timeline of The Evil Dead. The second and third movies are kind of just one story put together in two parts, but this story could have happened 30 years after the events of the first film.
“Everybody died, the car was left there and somebody bought the property up cheap. The book is still around; some say the book was burned in the first movie – it was thrown into the fire, but you never see it being consumed.”
Evil Dead is in cinemas now. You can read our review here and buy Sam Raimi’s original The Evil Dead on Blu-ray for £8 at Amazon.co.uk.