There will be no bitch-ass sidekick in Evil Dead 4

August 15, 2008 at 12:18 am Leave a comment

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So, there’s been a pretty awful trend in Hollywood these days — bringing back 20-year-old movie franchises and giving the lead protagonist a shitty, young, marketable sidekicks. That douchebag with the very douchebagish haircut, Mutt Williams, in “Indiana Jones 4,” that little asshole they threw in “Live Free or Die Hard.”

Long story short, I think the trend is ridiculous. If they want to bring back an action-adventure franchise that has been dormant for as long as “Indiana Jones,” then the writers should at least be held to a higher creative standard than solving Harrison Ford’s age-induced limitations by regurgitating every angst-ridden-teen stereotype into a stale, forgettable character like Shia Lebouf’s Mutt friggin’ Williams.

Well, I think that officially constitutes as a rant on my part, so the following news is music to my ears — Bruce Campbell recently debunked any talk that Sam Raimi would add a crappy little idiot to the upcoming fourth installment of the “Evil Dead” series in an interview with the MTV Movie Blog:

“I think the audience would be insulted if you did, because then you feel this obvious pressure to appeal,” he said. “The beauty of the ‘Evil Dead’ movies is that you’re only appealing to one demographic and that’s people who like horror movies. And you just have to please them. You don’t have to appeal to the studio. You’re already pleasing them by giving them part 4.”

I can’t say it better myself — Campbell knows the basis of the “Evil Dead” series. It’s not supposed to appeal to a wide, bankable audience. It’s for those select movie fans who love the horror genre, a shout-out to those who love glood, guts, mayhem and the terror of the undead.

It’s a great sign that “Evil Dead 4” will stick to its roots and not fall in line with the rest of the recycled crap coming out of Hollywood. Hopefully that will translate to another “Evil Dead” film with the quirky, outside-the-box humor and grotesque horror scenes of the first three (well, more the first two, for you true “Evil Dead” enthusiasts out there). I was a little skeptical when I heard about this, because I was worried that the “Spider-Man” franchise would have negatively effected Sam Raimi’s ability to create another “Evil Dead” in the original’s anti-Hollywood likeness. But, this is good news.

Of course, after 16 years of not playing the ass-kicking, chainsaw-wielding Ash, Campbell will have inevitable difficulties during the shoot, especially considering his age. It won’t be as easy for him to throw around that chainsaw or to drop kick some deadite into submission, but he knows that. He addressed the problem in the MTV interview, too:

“Sam (Raimi) gets to hide behind the camera. I can’t. But I think he’s planning on factoring that in,” Campbell revealed. “As like a major factor. It’d be a major liability, you know Ash runs out of breath or his back goes out and [stuff] like that. I mean I just blew my hamstring fighting a stunt guy for ‘Burn Notice,’ the show that I’m doing now. So there’s a little bit of truth to all of that!”

I’m excited for this movie. I like all the news I’m hearing from it so far. As long as Bruce Campbell brings his badassery and witty one-liners and Raimi brings the gore and quirky camera work, we’re in for another great flick.

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