Evil Dead Starts Shooting
The horror, gore and plot twists are being rebooted…
Shooting has just commenced in New Zealand on Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult hit, The Evil Dead, the film that effectively launched the careers of its writer/director Raimi, producer Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night), and actor Bruce Campbell; spawned two sequels; and has become a cultural touchstone for horror fans ever since.
Raimi, Tapert and Campbell are all back on board as producers of the reboot, which will mark the feature debut of Uruguay-born director Fede Alvarez who made an auspicious debut with his 2009 short film, Panic Attack.
Based on a screenplay penned by Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody, the film follows five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin. There, they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
The protagonists will be played by a core of young, fresh talent including Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (- pictured, Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia; and Elizabeth Blackmore (Burning Man, Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie.
"This cast of burgeoning talent share the same spirit we had when creating the original," says Tapert, "the desire to deliver an unexpected and outrageously scary movie experience for the audience."
Shooting is set to wrap in early July 2012.
Photo credit: actor Shiloh Fernandez, courtesy of Getty Images/Jason Merritt.