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Sam Raimi Very Excited About “Evil Dead 4″… Then, Not So Much

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Alright, you primitive screwheads, listen up… I have two questions for you.

Is “Evil Dead 4” on its way to theaters like an army of Deadites led by Evil Ash?

Sam Raimi on movie set

“Action!… well, on second thought… lemme think about it a minute.”

 

…or

Is that just wishful thinking like Good Ash’s ability to say “the words?”

As far as Sam Raimi is concerned, it’s a little bit of both.

This past weekend, during an event for Disney Movies UK, Raimi said, “I would love to make “Evil Dead 4.” My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer.”

The news comes a week before the release of Raimi’s upcoming “Oz the Great and Powerful” and about a month before the super-serious (in tone) and extra-creepy remake of “The Evil Dead” – which he co-produced, as well.

Raimi, of course, hasn’t directed an “Evil Dead” movie since 1992’s “Army of Darkness” and has only directed one horror movie – 2009’s underappreciated “Drag Me to Hell” – since then. So the news that he would not only jump back in to tackle the pages of the Necronomicon, but say goodbye to all of the mainstream flicks (I’m looking at you, “For Love of the Game”) that he has been devoting his time to, is greatly appreciated by fans of Raimi and the horror genre in general.

Hold up. Wait a second, fright flick fans… don’t prematurely celebrate and shoot off your boomstick just yet. It seems that Sammy really didn’t mean what he said.

After having had a chance to process what he had said, Raimi spoke with Bleeding Cool’s Brendon Connelly in regards to his previous enthusiastic comments about the prospects of “Evil Dead 4”  –

       “Those guys made me say that. I am thinking about it   but a crowd goes “Come on Sam, do it!” so I said “Okay, I guess I was talking to my brother about it.” But I feel like I was pushed into saying that, a little bit. In the hallway today I joked with Ivan [his brother] “Get working on that script!” but I really don’t know.

       I’m afraid that every time I talk about it people get really mad at me when I don’t follow through with it. I would like to work on the script over the summer – that much is true. But the reason to come back and do it again is only that they’re making me, those fans.

       I was saying to Ivan “Why do they stay on this thing? Why do they keep at it?” and he said “They want to make a movie. You’re a filmmaker and your fans are asking you to make the movie. What are you, an idiot? Make the movie!” I guess there’s something I don’t see. It makes sense when Ivan says it… but I didn’t have a tremendous amount of passion until right now to bring to it.

       I love working with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, I have so much fun making those movies, so… but the fans are really forcing me into it.”

Well, I guess he really doesn’t make movies for the fans, huh?

Being a fan of Raimi’s original “Evil Dead” trilogy, as well as some of his campier stuff like “Darkman,” “The Quick and the Dead” (another underrated flick), and the aforementioned “Drag Me to Hell” (I love that fight scene in the parking garage – especially the staple-in-the-eye bit); I hope that he DOESN’T return back to that realm. As much as I loved his earlier work, I just think his career has moved on since those days.

Sam Raimi with some friends

Sam Raimi with a couple of Ashes.

 

In my honest opinion, I think he should try to recreate some of the more subtle, cinematic magic that he created in “A Simple Plan.” That was a brilliant piece of filmmaking – and it didn’t even have any mini, dancing, taunting Bill Paxtons in it or Billy Bob Thornton fighting a demon-witch in a Wal-Mart (“Shop smart, shop S-Mart”) type of store. However, I am kind-of intrigued about the prospect of Raimi directing the rumored “Poltergeist” remake.

In all reality, I’m glad he’s getting cold feet about doing another sequel. I think Hollywood should try to build off of the old-fashioned, scary horror vibe of the remake – at least it looks that way, according to the trailers I’ve seen – and add a sequel or two to the new “Evil Dead” universe, not return to the one-part scary (“The Evil Dead”), two-parts funny (“Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness”) recipe of Raimi’s trilogy.

Maybe Sam Raimi should stick to doing Disney films and churning out his high-octane versions of well-loved classics. Maybe he might think about rescuing Spiderman from the “reboot hell” that it currently resides in. We might even forgive him for “Spiderman 3” – well, maybe not.

Or maybe his brother Ivan might come to him with such a fantastic idea for “Evil Dead 4” that Sam simply cannot turn it down and has to get to work on it as soon as humanly possible. If that happens, disregard everything I said about Sam sticking to Disney and staying away from the horror genre. At that point, I think I could find it in my heart to give Ash and Sam one more shot to collaborate.

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