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April 02 2013

How do you make an Evil Dead movie after Cabin in the Woods? Director Fede Alvarez addresses io9's questions on operating in a "post-Cabin" world.

I don't think it is [making fun of these sorts of movies]... I watched Cabin in the Woods while I was still shooting the movie. I was so happy that it was just going to a different thing, and it wasn't really a horror movie, right? It's a smart comedy that talks a lot about horror. Right? It's a very smart comedy. And I'm happy that we're on their route, in a way. I don't think they're saying there's nothing there for me. I don't think they're saying horror movies are stupid. They're saying, "Horror movies happen because this is going on. This is the reason why all these stories happen." I think that movie was a love letter to horror movies. So I was never [worried].

It's a weird opening paragraph on the io9 piece, since it could have been written years ago about The Cabin in the Woods and said "it's basically the premise of Evil Dead" in the middle. I mean, I know the author knows this, it just reads weird because of it.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2013-04-02 01:36 ]
I mean, I know the author knows this, it just reads weird because of it.

Imo if it's fair to say that "audiences" have shorter attention spans than they used to then it's also safe to say that "interviewers" have shorter long-term memories...
I'm trying to get over a reboot of The Evil Dead being made at all (just happened to see a trailer last night), let alone the viability of the topic title. Well, apples and oranges that this director says Cabin isn't horror. It's winking at old horror tropes, but it does have scary shit in it. To deny that is pretty disingenuous but people see what they want to see.
I like the (real) Evil Dead BECAUSE it's funny. Plus, the audacity of all these newly graduated college buddies making a movie on a shoestring that's become iconic. (the movie, not the shoestring)

[ edited by redeem147 on 2013-04-02 10:08 ]
Cabin was clever and tense and wonderful but for my money Tucker and Dale vs Evil was funnier and more satirical about the horror genre.
I agree with Simon. "Tucker and Dale" achieved the feat of being, what i like to call a "warm-hearted Horror comedy", whereas "Cabin" ist the intellectuell satire to end all horror movies. (At least those that take place in a cabin in the woods ...
I don't know that "love-letter" is the term I'd use to describe what Cabin is to horror movies... Didn't Joss or Drew call it a loving hate letter?
That interview sums up what I thought about the ED remake from the trailer (and was afraid of). Interviewer asks about horror comedies and how they've changed, director glosses over and talks about horror. So then, the sense of humor from Evil Dead, straight out the window for the remake. He doesn't really seem to get Cabin either, but to be fair, lots of people didn't.

Tucker and Dale I thought was fun, but it's kinda forgettable slapstick. By and large, not my cup of tea. I liked it, but unlike the Evil Dead movies (or Cabin) I haven't felt the desire to watch it agian.
Well, to be fair, the original Evil Dead was pretty much straight horror with little to no comedy. The funny didn't come until part 2.

Edit: More specifically, the intentional funny didn't come until part 2.

[ edited by Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner on 2013-04-03 21:16 ]
Cabin caused different viewers to react differently. I watched it with a thru and thru horror aficionado. She loved the movie but didn't consider it horror either. It may be that sense of "dread" is severely undercut by the constant back and forth which is entertaining but shifts the mood.

That said, the original Evil Dead is extremely funny in retrospect. It might not have meant to be, but its excess was... well very excessive. I think the blood and gore might have been more terrifying at the time. In the end, I find it odd that the opening question is about Joss Whedon and not Sam Raimi. The bar this director has to clear was set by the original, not CiTW.

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