Evil Dead Kills at Box Office

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This weekend marked the opening for the slasher horror flick, Evil Dead, which I’m surprised to say did quite well, taking out the competition to earn the #1 spot for the weekend with $26 million (including Thursday night’s numbers). This is already a victory for the horror film, which was produced for a mere $17 million, though I’m not sure the film should count on holding these high numbers. Its earnings were already very frontloaded, which probably means it has already hit its core market of horror fans.

Heroes from different eras.

Heroes from different eras.

Evil Dead is a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic of the same name, about a group of campers who inadvertently release body-possessing spirits, and gory mayhem ensues. The original starred the legendary Bruce Campbell, as well as Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The film had a meager beginning, with Raimi scrounging for $90,000 to produce it, and it has become one of the largest cult horror films ever. It spawned a trilogy with the release of Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, and launched Raimi’s and Campbell’s careers – both of whom produced this remake.

The horror! The horror! The horror!

The horror! The horror! The horror!

Raimi may have lent his hand to this new release, but the campy style that defined the original Evil Dead is nowhere to be found in the remake. These campers, who don’t even share the names of their original counterparts, I noticed on imdb.com, must face the terror of over-the-top realism. It’s all straight-faced, gruesome carnage. I admit, I haven’t seen it yet, but a friend of mine described the style of the film as “uber realistic violence that lingers in your face.” Some people might go for that, and the reviews aren’t terrible. It’s currently sitting at 64% on Rotten Tomatoes (versus the 98% the original has). Do you think the remake could ever be as good as the original?

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