SAM RAIMI'S 'THE EVIL DEAD' RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN!
'The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror' is Back!
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Sam Raimi's original horror classic THE EVIL DEAD back to the big screen as a midnight movie.
Raimi and producers Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell gave the go-ahead for a series of EVIL DEAD revival screenings to Grindhouse Releasing partner Bob Murawski, the film editor of Raimi's SPIDER MAN 1, 2 & 3, DRAG ME TO HELL and the EVIL DEAD sequel ARMY OF DARKNESS.
Stephen King hailed THE EVIL DEAD as “the most ferociously original film of the year”? when the film premiered in 1981. Shot in Michigan and Tennessee, Raimi's low-budget debut was released independently with a self-imposed 'No One Under 17' rating for its graphic violence and gore.
THE EVIL DEAD launched Raimi and Tapert's careers and made star Bruce Campbell a cult movie icon, spawning two hit sequels: EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN and ARMY OF DARKNESS. The EVIL DEAD trilogy has become a fan phenomenon, ranked among the most popular and acclaimed cult horror movies of all time.
A special screening of the EVIL DEAD trilogy sold out L.A.'s New Beverly Cinema this summer.
With a remake reportedly in the works, this theatrical release gives fans a chance to experience the original as it was intended to be seen.
"Nothing can prepare an audience for what they are about to see, because nothing punishes an audience like EVIL DEAD - especially on the big screen,” says Bruce Campbell. “I'm really glad it's back. People are gonna be hurt."
Formed by actor/director Sage Stallone and Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing restores and distributes classic horror and exploitation films. The company teamed with Quentin Tarantino in the '90s to revive Lucio Fulci's Italian horror classic THE BEYOND.
A similar theatrical break is planned for THE EVIL DEAD, with midnight screenings in select theaters across the U.S. and Canada.
Dates and venues will be announced at GrindhouseReleasing.com. For bookings, contact David Szulkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following was posted on ShockTillYouDrop.com and its first in a series of articles coming out of an interview Ryan Rotten, the Managing Editor of the site conducted with Rob via phone:
EXCL: Big Burst
& 30 Days of Night
This afternoon, I spent some time on the phone with producer Rob Tapert (Drag Me to Hell, Evil Dead series) and learned a bit about Ghost House Pictures' upcoming slate.
One project we were curious about in particular was Burst, written by Gary Dauberman. Set during a vicious winter storm, the story focuses on disparate group of folks holed up in a lodge. Soon some of them literally begin to burst in a messy explosion.
I had heard rumblings that momentum was building on this film's development; that Ghost House was aiming to shoot it in 3-D and would partner with Lionsgate to produce. When I hit up Tapert for confirmation, he offered this:
"[Burst] is something we're attempting to bring to the marketplace and there is a director we have danced with and we're trying to dot all of the i's and cross all of the t's. Some time in the next week or two you'll hear about the director you'll know and you'll say, 'Hmm, he could do a really cool version of it.'"Read More
Sam Raimi's genre label Ghost House is launching Spooky Pictures as a new banner that will produce thrillers for family audiences.
First pic will be "The Substitute," a remake of the Danish thriller that Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") will helm and Columbia Pictures will co-finance and distribute through a first-look deal with Spooky.
Announcement follows a similar label launch by Disney, which is pairing up with Guillermo del Toro to make scary pics for family auds through Double Dare You (Daily Variety, Sept. 11), and signals the kind of thrillers Hollywood may soon be unspooling at the megaplex. Should the labels find an audience, the shift away from slasher fare and the like, often referred to as "gore porn," is likely.
Project revolves around a terrified sixth-grade class as the students race to reveal to their parents that their new substitute teacher is an evil alien being.
Derrickson is penning the script with Paul Harris Boardman, who co-wrote "Emily Rose" with Derrickson. The two also collaborated on the redo of Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
Ole Bornedal originally wrote and directed "The Substitute," which bowed in 2007.
Spooky will finance, develop and produce its own family fare under Ghost House, which has a deal with Mandate Pictures.
Raimi and Rob Tapert ("The Grudge" series and "30 Days of Night") will serve as producers of the "Substitute" remake through Spooky, while Russell Hollander and Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers. Tendo Nagenda and J.R. Young will shepherd for Spooky.
Pic's original filmmakers, Bornedal and Michael Obel, will produce through their Thura Films banner.Source