The Evil Dead is “probably the grisliest well-made movie ever” according to The Los Angeles Times, especially that part when the main character is raped by a demonically possessed tree. To director Sam Raimi and executive producer Bruce Campbell, The Evil Dead was a dream to create the most disturbing and graphic experience possible for their first full length feature film. Their remake of the classic cult film, Evil Dead, came out in 2013 with huge success. Let’s explore some differences:
The original 1981 version was made on a low budget production, estimated around $350,000–400,000. However it made over $2.8 million at the box office.
The 2013 remake had a budget of $17 million, and made over $97 million at the box office.
CINEMATOGRAPHY and EFFECTS
The increase in production budget allowed more resources for the Campbells to work with. In the original film, the crew consisted almost entirely of Raimi and Campbell’s friends and family, and the other actors along Bruce Campbell where amateurs. In the 2013 remake, they used 50,000 gallons of fake blood in one day to shoot a scene.
Check out the differences in these two scenes. If you can, try and pay attention to the mise-en-scene.
If you made it this far, and actually watched both clips, I’m very proud of you. I think that the differences in these two scenes reflect the difference in the movies overall. The first clip is from the new version, and with new CGI, it is hyperrealistic. In order to create the same feeling that the 1981 movie had, the movie features some of the most realistic and violent demonic behaviors I’ve ever seen. In a scene following this clip, one of the other female cast member saws off her own arm with an electric meat cutter.
The remake reworks the struggle of a drug addict and her brother’s attempt to save her into the plot, and the story progresses in a more commercial sense, to make the plot more appealing to audiences.
The second clip is more comedic, yet just as offensive. The claymation gore scenes are tame in comparison to the remake, but are still considered classic by horror movie fans.
Please, if you get the chance watch both of them all the way through!