Friday night, Fede Alvarez brought his Evil Dead remake to SXSW, where it was met with a thunderous crowd response. After the movie was over, the director confirmed that Sony Pictures is moving forward on Evil Dead 2 and that a screenplay is already in the works.
This news shows how confident Sony Pictures, and the film's producers, Robert G. Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi, are in the project. The producers were all involved in the original The Evil Dead, upon which this movie is based.
The reviews coming out of SXSW have praised the remake as the goriest movie ever released by a major studio. Some have accused Fede Alvarez of wallowing in fan service. Here are some of the reactions that came directly after the movie was over.
EVIL DEAD is absolutely orgasmic, it will make you bleed out various orifices profusely and you'll love it!!!!— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) March 9, 2013
The two women behind me walked out of EVIL DEAD midway because it was too intense. "I can't handle this" was the line I heard.— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) March 9, 2013
I hate to predict Oscars this early, but I think Evil Dead is a lock for Best OMFG That's Disgusting.— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) March 9, 2013
In 1992 they had to fight to get ARMY OF DARKNESS an R. In 2013 the MPAA had no problem giving EVIL DEAD an R. Which is TOTALLY INSANE.— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) March 9, 2013
Evil Dead certainly swings for the fences. Easily the goriest big studio release in a decade— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) March 9, 2013
EVIL DEAD '13 is a great horror classic that absolutely blew me away on every level. A bold, insane gore-fest w/amazing Jane Levy. 4/4 #sxsw— Jason Whyte(@jasonwhyte) March 9, 2013
EVIL DEAD is not that good. Super gory, not good. #sxsw— Devin Faraci (@devincf) March 9, 2013