Sam Raimi Predicts R or Worse for ‘The Evil Dead’ Remake

The producer revealed how intense violence could warrant the restricted rating for Federico Alvarez’s upcoming reboot.

Sam Raimi predicts R Rating for The Evil Dead remake
Sam Raimi predicts R Rating for The Evil Dead remake
Sam Raimi, original director of the cult classic horror movie The Evil Dead, predicted in a recent interview that the upcoming remake would bring a R-rating or worse. Here is what he to say about the blood and gore in the reboot, which he is producing.

"It's really bloody. It's so bloody, it will make your head spin. I've seen almost all the dailies and they're really going for it. It's gonna be grisly and intense and non-stop. Definitely R. Maybe worse."

He goes on to talk about how the original differs from the remake.

"Well, I always thought that The Evil Dead was a little campfire story that you tell at a camp to kids to scare them at night. But, I don't think anybody thought it was a beautifully produced, theatrical experience. It was shot in 16mm, all the effects were done for a quarter, and I always thought it could be done in a big screen movie type way that was really high quality with photographic effects. It could still be just as gritty, but it could be done in stereo and not just mono, and it could be done in 35mm versus 16mm. There were a lot of ways to improve it. There could be much better writing than I was capable of, at the time, as an 18-year-old kid writing that screenplay. And honestly, the directing could be a lot better, and the characterizations could be better. I was very happy with it, but it was something that was crudely done and I thought deserved re-exploration. I thought it would be fun and, in fact, it has turned out to be a tremendous amount of fun because it's like an old melody that you write and you've brought in this really great, cool, young, hip jazz musician, and he's riffing on it and showing you places it could go that you never dreamed. It's very exciting for me."

Evil Dead was released April 5th, 2013 and stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore, Phoenix Connolly, Jim McLarty, Sian Davis. The film is directed by Fede Alvarez.

Sources: Collider
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Comments (32)

  1. SpaceCowboy

    No sh*t "R". But I'd like "worse", please.

    2 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  2. CBF

    @vanboy No, but I would.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  3. Vanboy

    @CBF, I woulndn't go THAT far.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  4. CBF

    Sam Raimi can go crawl under a rock and die a horrible death.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  5. Vanboy

    @michael5, do you mean ruin the franchise? Because this movie cannot ruin a trilogy that's already in place.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  6. Vanboy

    Should have said "how the remake differs from the original" not vise versa. "Auheeyuck! Garsh!"

    Good to hear that they are going over the top (rape by tree maybe and thumbs to the eye sockets?) with it and not softening it up and why not, the original was unrated for the same reasons. And Raimi shouldn't downplay his "18 year old writing abilities". Young, hungry writers more often than not write the best stuff. Obviously, if he didn't create the masterpiece that is The Evil Dead, then there would be NO remake to begin with. Sorry Sam but, you need to grow some and stand by your original work. It's going to last in our minds longer than Spiderman. Even though they were pretty good movies, the gritty stuff you made when you were reaching for the stardom you now relish was a bit more creating. Still love Drag Me to Hell though.

    I hope in the remake that they have a very similar score and DO NOT add a Rob Zombie Halloween type score.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  7. Rudy

    I wouldn't mind an NC-17 rating, the MPAA and their secret society can shove their ratings up their ass.

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  8. skywise

    I am glad that the producers are so in to it. I just hope they dont use computer animated blood like Raimi's Drag Me To Hell.

    As a die hard fan of the original trilogy i find it hard to get behind this but at least the original creators are involved in some capacity.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 haha answer: NOBODY!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 Thank you, I always say who can replace Bruce Campell as Ash

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  11. JasonKat

    @robbie Williams II
    haha no. like @the JOKER said, i never cared for it at the time. but with remake these days, its always fun to watch the old1 first so i might catch up on em so i can know what this1 will be about.

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  12. Dark-White-Knight

    Why do people approve of this remake and not other movies that have been remakes, just b/c Sam himself gave an approval of the film and gives his word that it will be better than the original....

    3 years agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag

  13. Rodney Roover

    This should be good...

    3 years agoby @Rodney-RooverFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 Welcome Sherlock! Nice to have an ally!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  15. Replicant

    This is Federico Alvarez's debut movie and he's from my country so I'm excited to see what he'll do...

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  16. Michael5

    I can't wait! I hope it doesn't bomb and ruin the trilogy. I'm hoping for great things in this.

    3 years agoby @michael5Flag

  17. SherlockHolmes2009

    Thats what Ive been hoping for and @mcleve02 This definetly doesnt need to be made

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag


    @Robbie-Williams-II Or just never had a care to see it through out the years...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  19. Robbie Williams II

    @jasonkat,how have you not seen the original or all 3 Evil dead movies, what are you like 8 years old?

    3 years agoby @Robbie-Williams-IIFlag

  20. Mwheeler1324

    Sounds like he has a new passion for this new version. Haven't seen the first one, so I'm going to be able to see this not as a remake judging it frm the original.

    3 years agoby @mwheeler1324Flag

  21. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Worse? What u makin? Centipedes ?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  22. TheDude1

    NC-17 would be stupid as most theaters would not even show it. Wait a minute that might be a good thing.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag


    That's a good call, but still the movie does not need to be made

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  24. WongFu

    Really Nice

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

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    3 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  26. defensorfortis

    Any ED news is good news

    3 years agoby @defensorfortisFlag

  27. Zak Lee Ferguson

    So happy to hear this from Raimi himself :)

    3 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

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