Posts Tagged ‘Bruce Campbell’

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Evil Dead 4

March 2, 2013
'Happy happy joy joy...'

‘Happy happy joy joy…’

Yeah, this is my face when I visit Ain’t It Cool and read that yes, Sam Raimi is teaming up with an unnamed brother to work on the script for Evil Dead 4. Most likely to star Bruce Campbell. Picking up where Army of Darkness: The Evil Dead 3 left off, so there’s a chance of poor Ash battling Deadites in a post-apocalyptic world. Read all about it here.

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Get To the Dirt!

February 15, 2013
copyright Evil Pumpkins.com!

copyright Evil Pumpkins.com!

Horror hounds take notice: Tennessee-based Evil Pumpkins offer up a variety of sculptures and jewelry, all with a pinch of  “evil dirt” from the fireplace from the actual Evil Dead cabin added to them! Yes, ignoring the warnings of Bruce Campbell – who predicted they would get “an ass-full of buckshot from those rednecks” messing around in said woods – local couple (?) Tanya and Jeano Roid located the cabin deep in the Tennessee wilderness and came back with vials of dirt to get creative with.

There’s some pretty cool stuff offered up – like that big-ass 13″ Frankenstein that’d look great in my living room! – and for the hardcore fans of Sam Raimi‘s cult classic how about a vial of said dirt for $20?

I initially found these guys on Facebook, but you can check out their official website here.

UPDATE: Well, I’m sorry but ever since I posted this I just couldn’t get this classic bit with Bill Hicks outta my head. So here we go. No offense intended to the owners of Evil Pumpkins (it begins around 4:25):

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Evil Dead – Red Band Trailer #2

January 9, 2013

Please note that the trailer offers some pretty graphic sequences.

Via Eva Halloween I found the second red band trailer for the 2013 remake of Evil Dead. And I gotta admit, for someone who turns into Angry Old Fart way too many times for comfort when it comes to this phenomenon, the trailer looks great! They certainly didn’t skimp on the gore, there certainly are gonna be scenes at least as intense (and with a bit of luck even more) as the original, and even though I think some of the male characters, well, look like wimps, I’m waiting ’til I’ve seen it before I go whining about “bad casting”. Sure, the dub step music is a bit of a turn off, but I doubt today’s 18-year-olds are as big on The Ramones as me.

Now, I know there are some “original, real fans” out there – and just out of curiosity, how would you distinguish a “fake one”? – who sees it differently and sure are spending a lot of time grumbling and trolling about this, but c’mon, does this look like a cheap Hollywood knock-off to you? If the producers wanted to make a quick buck out of this franchise they would’ve gutted it completely! If you’re such a great fan (and have that much free time to spend), treat yourself to a game and pop in your original VHS while taking notes of all the commercial no-nos it offers. Remember that this was released unrated back in the 80s because the MPAA frankly wanted to pretty much neuter it, and when it was resubmitted in 1994 it received an NC-17 “for substantial graphic horror violence and gore.”  Remove all that and what would you have left of the original concept? I’ll tell you: A bunch of stupid teenagers going to a remote cabin. The end.

Just like the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre or The Exorcist, what blew me away with Sam Raimi‘s horror debut was that it was just one long, uncompromising and exhaustingly horrific experience that just kept pummeling you silly for 90 minutes, and when it finally ended you were actually relieved it was over! Now, even though it offers spoilers Ain’t It Cool News offered a script analysis in February 2012 (check it out here, but as I said, there are spoilers) and sums it up “it reads like NC-17″ and calls it a “beast” – not words commonly used when talking about anemic remakes, and pretty reaffirming if you ask me! If still in doubt we’ve got script writer Diablo Cody‘s making comments like it’s “unbelievably violent” and “It was really important again to the filmmakers that it remain totally grounded in reality and timeless. They weren’t trying to make some hip trendy horror movie full of pop culture references” (check that one out here) and you’ll at least know it looks killer on paper. And if nothing else they at least are trying to avoid the typical “ironic” approach so common in horror and remakes. Add the fact that ‘Mr. Groovy’ himself Bruce Campbell have offered statements reassuring fans that neither he, Sam, or Robert Tapert were out for a quick money grab – you really think they need it after the Spider-Man trilogy? – and that they have the highest confidence in both cast and director, well, I for one am pretty assured about the end results.

So, long story short, judging by the new snippets found in this compared to the first trailer I wrote about here, plus the additional arguments offered here, this looks even more like a highly intense remake that once again will scare the crap outta you. I mean, Tom Savini made a great remake of Night of the Living Dead, John Carpenter made a killer job with The Thing, and don’t forget David Cronenberg‘s amazing (and genuine reboot!) of The Fly, so the occasional good remake actually does happen. And to me this has so far the signs of actually being another one. My birthday is in April and I am so treating myself to a movie ticket!

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Evil Dead – New York Comic-Con 2012

October 25, 2012

Well, lo-fi audio be damned, the Evil Dead panel discussion at the New York Comic-Con was pretty funny and offered some nice extra info when it comes to the remake and the possibility of an Evil Dead 4. Joined by director Fede Alvarez and star Jane Levy, Bruce Campbell does what he does best hamming it up for the kids while offering up some nice one-liners and answers. And I gotta admit, judging by the audience reaction – that brings to mind a rock star entering the stage – how come this guy never became a household name? I’m amazed.

Anyway, while on the subject of the King:

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The Evil Dead (2013) – Red Band Trailer

October 24, 2012

Please note that the trailer is pretty gory and viewer discretion is adviced.

Well, it’s just been posted – the Evil Dead red-band trailer! And even though I’m guessing a lot of younger people are gonna go “uh, it looks just like Cabin in the Woods!” lemme assure you that it’s the other way around. Sam Raimi‘s 80s horror masterpiece was way ahead of that one Junior. And this one seems to require wearing a raincoat or at least bring an umbrella to the cinema.

I gotta admit, I am not one to go gaga over remakes (if you’ve been following this blog you’re pretty familiar with The Angry Old Fart by now), but after seeing the interview with Bruce Campbell and the fact that this team may be part of “Hollywood” now they’re still kinda being outsiders to the system is pretty reassuring for me. If you’re part of your baby’s remake, how protective aren’t you gonna be about its legacy?

Like I stated in a previous post this could actually become one of the more intense horror movies out there (and the footage seem to back that theory). FX maestro Greg Nicotero once shared in an interview how he was completely blown away by the original movie but, on account of his technical knowledge, how the sheer amateurism of the gore and other visual effects constantly took him out of the moment. Well, now they’ve had a chance to do the horror of the original concept justice – and think about it, if say Stan Winston had created Exorcist-esque visuals for the original it’d been pummeling the audiences back then! – and I’m slightly optimistic by this. What do you think?

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Evil Dead remake (update)

October 24, 2012

Well, a friend hepped me to the teaser trailer of the new Evil Dead just being posted on Slashfilm.com, so I was all over that and checked it out immediately. I loved Bruce Campbell‘s quip “Where’s your artfilm now baby?”, but teasers just strike me as weird. Call me crazy but I think it should offer at least a bit more than a couple of brief glimpses with some graphics – with The Norliss Tapes we went for a full minute in order to give people a general idea what we were about and make up their minds if it was something they wanted to see/hear more of (check ‘em out here). Anyway, the red-band teaser (i.e. the gory one) will be relased later during the day and with time roughly being around midnight in California and 3 am in New York I guess I’ll just have to wait a couple of more hours until it’s launched online.

Speaking of which: There’s been a lot of groaning among fans of the original trilogy about this happening, but Bruce Campbell himself offers up some comforting words in the interview below. Their heart is in the right place when it comes to producing this, so now the only question (at least for me)  is if it still will deliver in direction. Check it out.

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Evil Dead remake (update)

October 16, 2012

Well, here we go: Via the ComicBookMovie.com website I catched a glimpse of the teaser for the upcoming remake of Evil Dead as it premiered (?) at the New York Comic-Con. And you know, even though this would be a great opportunity to unleash The Angry Old Fart and start hollering at clouds again, I gotta admit this looks pretty darn good! Yes, the quality is pretty lo-fi considering it was filmed by an audience member but it’ll give you a general feel of it and I for one am not disappointed. It could be worse.

Granted, I’ll probably never get used to the idea of anyone but Bruce Campbell portraying good old Ash, but the intensity and groundbreaking horror of the plot itself seems to be intact. And like KNB maestro Greg Nicotero himself once stated in an interview, this time around they had the budget to produce some truly horrifying FX making it more horrific than The Exorcist.

Check it out here, but FYI it contains a lot of gore. One more photo:

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Meme

October 8, 2012

So, a horror fan page originally posted a meme regarding how people perceive us horror movie fans, but it didn’t really come off as something that rang true to me so I kinda made up my own. It’s already being shared on Facebook so feel free to download it and post wherever you want.

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Groovy

September 17, 2012

Well, I pretty much spent the weekend sending out emails etc. in order to promote The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP and uploaded two songs on my SoundCloud as well. Slowly but surely Groovy is becoming one of my fave tracks on account of not only having a nice, reggae vibe but also being a sort of tribute to Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead II. For a whole generation of horror fans he’s become the icon of cool pretty much thanks to his amazing portrayal as the anti hero Ash in the cult trilogy.

Listening to the track I now envision a music video with the Norliss members dressed up as a run-down, over-the-hill wedding band – we’re talking 70s fashion and maybe horrible faux comb overs – with Bruce himself starring as the cheesy, crooning lead vocalist (or maybe Elvis from Bubba Ho-Tep) that pretty much owns the stage while alternating between saying the only “lyrics” of the song into the mike and trying to hit up on the female members of the audience. And maybe throw in a couple of nice dance moves as well. A man can dream right?

You’ll find the SoundCloud here and the release on Bandcamp here. And please share.

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Herz und Liebe (finally!)

September 14, 2012

Yay! It’s finally finished and released – The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP! Five tracks in total kinda going back to the sounds that got me starting this project to begin with; odd 60s porn-funk. A funny phenomena that was an offshoot of the porn industry, these “songs” were pressed in limited-editions, usually sold in the back-pages of porn magazines and musically pretty much just offered some woman moaning away to a steady funk beat for 2-3 minutes.

I’m pretty happy with the results. The song Herz und Dub was fun as hell to do just going hog wild with the dub delays, I’m stoked by Groovy because I am such a big fan of Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead II and I think our cover model Eva Halloween looks great. From the minute I saw her photo I was mesmerized and I can’t believe my luck stumbling across her on the web and her agreeing to grace our cover – so thanks Eva! Anyway, check it out and feel free to share!

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