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FILM & DVD

Director Fede Álvarez on Resurrecting the 'Evil Dead'

'The challenge was to show the right amount of gore without turning it into something that was ridiculous.'

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When it came to the gore in the film, were there any unwritten rules you tried to follow during production or was nothing off limits?

Well, you don’t want to hold back, but you also don’t want it to turn into something too funny. When gore gets over the top it tends to not be scary anymore. The challenge was to show the right amount of gore without turning it into something that was ridiculous. I think there is really an art to it. Anybody can grab a knife and cut a body apart, so we tried to think about what triggers the pain in people’s lives. We wanted to show the gore at the right place, at the right time, and in the right amount.

What would you find more rewarding with this remake: to shock horror movie fans or scare them?

I wanted to go out there with the same spirit Sam had when he made the original — to make the scariest movie ever, but I think what I want to do most is entertain them. That’s the main goal. You can make the goriest movie and it could still be the most boring thing ever, even if you’re a fan of gory horror movies. I want to hook the audience into the story first. Then, it’s about scaring them with the right combination of shock and suspense.

Read Enrique Lopetegui’s Evil Dead review here.