Evil Dead Branded NC-17, Edited to Get R Rating
Right about now Sam Raimi’s sitting somewhere banking on the diehard Evil Dead fans being in motion come April 12th. The highly anticipated and oft-discussed remake of Raimi’s cult-classic 1981 shocker has proven to be one of the most compelling remakes of the last decade. From the news of a heavily altered character lineup to the personal approval of producer Sam Raimi to the declaration of zero CGI usage in the production, Evil Dead has people talking, a lot.
Here’s another taste of news to keep the chatter alive.
According to Fede Alvarez (the man responsible for writing and directorial duties), who took to his Twitter account to address a fan, the film initially earned a NC-17 rating. As would be expected, this one hit the editing room in order to appease the MPAA, and we’re left with a trimmed down rendition of the film, which now sports the obvious R rating.
Here’s the big positive to the situation: we may well be treated to a wicked, un-chopped director’s cut when this one makes its way from theaters to home video. It isn’t too tough to get riled up at the idea of seeing this bloody beast in it’s untouched, intended glory.
Get a look at Alvarez’s thoughts on the situation, per his Twitter account:
"Was proud of scoring a NC17 when submitted! But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters."
Diablo Cody, Sam Raimi and Rodo Sayagues Mendez offer their hand in the writing process. Jane Levy (Fun Size), Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) star.
Synopsis: "In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they 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."
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