The following is a brief e-mail I sent to fellow NARC Ron Hogan earlier this evening, after I watched the new, also-red-band trailer for the 2013 remake of “Evil Dead”…
Man… I just watched the new red-band trailer for the Evil Dead remake. I just… fuck me, man. This awkward, stilted wording I’m using here is exactly how I’m feeling right now. The excited-yet-disturbed feeling I got from the first trailer has shifted heavily towards disturbed. Like, borderline nauseous. It’s… fuck. It’s a combination of feelings: the nausea I felt watching “Neighbor”, the depressive fear I felt watching the opening sequence of “28 Days Later” for the first time, and the apprehension I feel towards watching the fierce, merciless inventiveness of Carpenter’s “The Thing”. That is to say, I’m almost feeling apprehensive towards watching “Evil Dead”.
Which is not to say that I won’t watch it at all. I’m just distinctly recalling how horrible the above movies made me feel. “The Thing” is unique in that as many times as I’ve watched it in the past, I have spent the past three years (around Halloween-time) unsuccessfully trying to re-watch it, because I know how fiercely horrific an experience it is. Lord knows I’m feeling that with “Evil Dead”, and I haven’t even seen it once!
Edited by Ron 1:12 PM
I just watched the red-band trailer he’s talking to, and… yeah, it’s disturbing and exciting and sickening and really, really, REALLY brutal. People seem to forget that the original “Evil Dead” wasn’t a comedy, or even a horror comedy, it was straight-up horror (only made comic by the hairstyles and clothes of the period). This movie looks like it’s going to be great, and if you don’t believe me, just watch the trailer below.