A day after Bruce Campbell revealed his thoughts on "The Evil Dead" remake, original director Sam Raimi joined the actor in praise of the project during an interview in which he updated on the status of the redux plus some of his future projects, including the long-gestating "Poltergeist" remake.
On the subject of "The Evil Dead," Raimi backed up Campell's claims that director Fede Alvarez hasn't just repeated the same old formula. Instead, Alvarez has taken "the flavor" of the original and "made his own movie." Raimi went on to claim that the rough cut he has seen is "scary," "gut-wrenching" and features "great performances."
He further offered some comfort to genre enthusiasts by insisting the film will retain one of the things that made the original so memorable: blood. In fact, it's going to be so bloody it'll "make your head spin," as it's going to be "grisly, intense, and non-stop" and will most certainly be rated R--or "even worse," he hints.
Raimi is also excited about seeing the technical aspects of his film updated, as he notes the guerilla nature of his own shoot resulted in certain limitations that he hopes the new film can improve upon. However, he also takes care to point out the "low budget" of the remake too, so it sounds like he's certainly trying to strike the perfect chord between the original's rawness and the technical improvements offered by a bigger budget.
Perhaps the most interesting news to come out of this interview is Raimi's admission that he would like to return to horror as a director once again; in fact, he's already writing a script with his brother, so we might see him return to the genre that launched his career sooner rather than later.
He had about as much to offer in the way of news for the "Poltergeist" remake as well; he's looking to shepherd that project to the screen as a producer, and he expects to have a first draft from David Lindsay-Abaire by October.