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Sam Raimi's 'The Evil Dead' set a new standard for the horror genre; creating new rules from the fragments of those he had broken. Likewise, 'Evil Dead II' set the standard for horror sequels. It is therefore not surprising that even before the official wide release of Fede Alvarez's 'Evil Dead' remake, an in-development sequel has been announced. During the Q&A following the film's premiere at the SXSW Film Festival here in Austin, writer/director Alvarez broke the news that he was already writing the second installment. The remake will open in theaters nationwide on April 4th.
I happen to be at SXSW, and I got a chance to see 'Evil Dead.' Despite my fears, my uneasiness with the prospect of remaking such an important horror film, the remake is pretty freaking awesome. It utilizes a ton of sensational practical effects and is among the goriest studio horror films I've ever seen. It's also a blast from start to finish, and I have to applaud Alvarez for capturing so much of the spirit of the original without being a shot-for-shot rehash. As mentioned before, given the success of Raimi's 'Evil Dead II,' with a large contingent of fans actually preferring it to the first one, it really was inevitable that we would be getting a sequel to the new film. And you know, that whole franchise name recognition thing is still a priority in Hollywood. So now the question becomes, will Alvarez's 'Evil Dead' sequel be as whacky and feature as much dream logic as Raimi's?
What do you guys think? Is it wise for the 'Evil Dead' remake to become a franchise? Are they treading on even holier ground venturing into 'Evil Dead II' territory?