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Evil Dead IV... Is Officially Happening

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Yes, you read that thread title correctly; a fourth Evil Dead was announced recently and has now been confirmed by the B-Movie legend Bruce Campbell, who portrayed the tortured by Deadites (and abused by Sam Raimi) 'Ash' in the first three Evil Dead films.

Bruce Campbell, the legendary B-movie actor best known for his role in the 'Evil Dead' franchise, has confirmed he is to return for a fourth instalment of the cult horror classic. Campbell, who famously played 'Ash' in Sam Raimi's 'The Evil Dead', 'Evil Dead II' and 'Army of Darkness', confirmed the news via Twitter.

Campbell's confirmation came after one fan of the movies tweeted, "I won't believe in a new Evil Dead film until I see it. Or at least not until [Bruce Campbell] tells me to believe in it". Within an hour, the actor had responded in the affirmative, saying, "Believe in the remake, dawg!" adding, "The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell".

It is reported Raimi will write and produce the new movie, but will not direct - his long-time associate Fede Alvarez will instead get behind the camera. Although the franchise only grossed a total of $19.8 million at the box-office, its influence on contemporary horror writers and directors is monumental. - contactmusic.com

I know of one fourmite who will be very excited by this news but what do the rest of you think?

Personally, I'm highly curious to see what comes of this development. The Evil Dead movies were some of my most watched VHS tapes during my childhood (I have fairly liberal parents) and I can remember eagerly browsing the shelves of my local indie video store, in the hope of spotting Evil Dead IV in the days of pre-Internet. Now many moons later, it's hard to believe that it's finally happening.

I hope for a return to the horror roots of the series, as opposed to the slap-stick shenanigans of the third entry "Army of Darkness" (aka The Medieval Dead). Although I would like for some of the over the top comedy of Evil Dead II to remain. Something of an inbetween of the first and second films would be my preference. Whatever may end up on screen, it's going to be a lot of fun watching Bruce return to his iconic role*.

* Those three so-so video games don't count.

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  • I don't dislike Shia LeBeouf, but I do like to make fun of him. I loved him in Even Stevens, loved him in Holes, liked him in Transformers (the only actor in that I did like), and loved him in Indy 4. Short Round is still Indy's son to me though. Shia never said "I love you, Indy" or convinced me of the sort of relationship Indy and Shorty had.

    Say, I recommend Shia for Evil Dead 4's hero! Come on! Who wouldn't want to see him get abused by the Deadites?

  • @Secret Fawful said: I don't dislike Shia LeBeouf, but I do like to make fun of him.

    This is exactly how I feel. My previous post is best served with a pinch of salt.

  • I'll tell you why I don't like him. There's nothing special about him and people seem to think there is. To me, he's just another actor cut from the hollywood mold. There is nothing unique about him. Nothing that defines him. He has the personality of a slice of cheese. THAT'S my problem with him. He isn't, and will never be a star. He is the next Chris O'Donnell. Remember that guy? He was really famous for a few years and people stopped caring.

  • Chris O Donnell had a revival in his career and currently stars as the main character of an NCIS spinoff. Shia had personality in Holes because he worked well off of others in that movie, but the more his career took off and he's been less of a reactive character, the worse he's been. It why he doesn't work in Transformers. They expect everyone else, even the bots, to work off of Shia and it doesn't work like that.

  • I wouldn't call starring in a TV spinoff quite a revival, but alright, I'll accept that. The rest kind of proves my point. He doesn't have anything to make him really an individual amongst other actors.


    EDIT:

    Bruce apparently isn't talking about it. Sounds like they don't even know what they want to do yet...or Bruce is just being Bruce. Looks like we're waiting a while longer to get a definite answer

  • @Johro said: Bruce apparently isn't talking about it. Sounds like they don't even know what they want to do yet...or Bruce is just being Bruce. Looks like we're waiting a while longer to get a definite answer

    I've heard word that it's definitely a remake with an original cast. Bruce will make a cameo at the very end (hence his comment about playing an old man). Ho hum.

  • That's how it sounds. Well the remake part is pretty set in stone now and I wouldn't think Bruce would be the main guy...it's what his role, if any, would be that I kind of want to know.

  • @Johro said: That's how it sounds. Well the remake part is pretty set in stone now and I wouldn't think Bruce would be the main guy...it's what his role, if any, would be that I kind of want to know.

    It's pure guesswork on my part but I suspect that Bruce will be cameoing as Ash at the end, so although the main story will retread the events of Evil Dead 1 & 2, it will still technically take place within the same canon as the Campbell years.

    I dunno, maybe old-man Ash turns up at the end of the movie to save the day and show the new kids how it's done. Or perhaps Bruce will reprise the role of Ash as a ghostly apparition (ala Professor Knowby in Evil Dead II), warning the kids of what their dealing with and how they can beat the Deadites.

  • Evil Dead w/o Bruce Campbell = EPIC FAIL.

  • Bruce Campbell has confirmed the fact that the film is a straight up remake...

    http://www.horror-movies.ca/2011/07/video-bruce-campbell-talks-evil-dead-remake/

    :(

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