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Evil Dead Branded NC-17, Edited to Get R Rating

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Evil Dead Branded NC-17, Edited to Get R Rating

January 28, 2013
By Matt Molgaard - Staff Writer

Evil Dead Remake

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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January 29, 2013
By: Franchesca Love
What the hell are we paying so much money for a movie ticket if it's going to slashed? I mean last time I checked if I DIDN'T LIKE A MOVIE I would simply walk out. i think it should be up to the public to make this call. It seems little by little the little freedom of speech w have is being taken from us.
January 29, 2013
Not a big deal
By: NIck Rodriguez
Personally, Franchesca Love, it's only a movie. Directors have to make cuts to movies all the time. If the movie was NC17, they probably wouldn't make as much money if it was rated R. They're going to make more money off of this when it's in theaters AND when they release it on BLU-RAY and DVD with the Unrated Version included with it.
January 29, 2013
A good idea
By: Grant Rossi
It's a good idea to cut it to R for a theatre release. The highest grossing NC-17 movie was Showgirls and it only made 20 million at box office. Getting an NC-17 rating is essentially a death sentence to box office sales.

And also, freedom of speech only protects you from prosecution by the government. MPAA is not a government run organization. It's actual an organization put together to specifically counter government regulation of the movie industry.
January 29, 2013
How many truly great horror films were so above R ratings that their nasty reputations all but enforced their future status?? However indirectly, this is a GOOD thing!

True gore fans will cry about it, general fans will lament it, RC fans will protest it. Whatever happens, people will be talking about it! And at some point, those of us who covet the Director's cut WILL get what we're screaming for!

Let's bide our time and be happy!
January 30, 2013
We the People
By: TheVoice
Whether it's rated NC-17 or PG13 it's our choice as consumers to spend our money on products we deem worthy. If the movie is rated NC-17 and people still spend money to see it and it knocks our socks off what does it matter?

Just because Showgirls was the last highest grossing NC-17 movie and it bombed doesn't mean it should just stop there. That's putting a strain on creativity and it's also handicapping the creators of these films from putting out what they originally wanted to show the audience. We don't need to have movies "filtered" for us, what we need is more responsible people that don't take their snot nosed kids to see movies they shouldn't be watching in the first place. People with some accountability and responsibility.

Over the last decade+ mainstream films have been increasingly held to a PG-13 standard it seems. I'd like it to go back to a time where we the people had more variety in content where we could choose for ourselves what constitutes a good movie instead art being subjected to a standard to help moderate things like nudity and violence. Something that as adults most of us are no strangers to and something that as adults we should be the only ones watching.
January 30, 2013
Proposed Marketing Strategy:
By: ArizonaToby
Show both versions in theatres. (maybe add a third PG-13) version. This way, you will hit all audiences. Similar to the way you can buy several different cans of green beans at the grocery store. They are different prices for different brands, but they are still green beans.
January 31, 2013
kind of spoilers
By: Anonymous guy
Well guys\, a few months ago I went to an \"Untitled Horror Movie\" Screening that Sam Raimi happened to be at. Let me tell you (without saying what movie I saw) it was the BEST horror movie I have ever seen. My gf and her friends went with us and they are the perfect example of Orange County CA girls. They had no idea what the original movie was only that my gf remembered it as the guy I dressed up as for halloween a few years ago and they loved it. One girl had to leave the theater in a seat behind us because she almost peed herself. It was by far the scariest\, creepiest\, bloodiest most amazing movie ever. A lot of memorabilia from the original and the protagonist completely surprised me\, especially the changes that occur! You will not be disappointed and Bruce Campbell replied to my tweet (as well as lucy lawless) 20 minutes after I saw it and tweeted him thanking me for enjoying it and confirming the release date so that I can take my friends to go see it!

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