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“Evil Dead” gets terrifying new images and poster

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If you had any doubts about “Evil Dead” being one of the scariest and most gory films of 2013, then look no farther than the new images and poster that have been released for the flick. The movie, which is due out on April 5, is no where near as campy as its 1981 predecessor, and also looks to be all the more terrifying because of it.

First, the new pictures. As can be seen above, the images don’t steer clear of the gore that “Evil Dead” has promised in its various trailers. Filmofilia has the other stills that include everything from legs being about to be chopped off to the stars of the film first arriving at the now-infamous cabin setting of “Evil Dead.”

As for the new poster, it follows the trend of promising this movie will be “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” Instead of being white like the previous poster, this one is a foreboding red. Well, stick with what works, right?

The official synopsis for “Evil Dead” reads, “In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.” It stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore, and is directed by Fede Alvarez.

What do you think of these new “Evil Dead” images? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

“Evil Dead” now opens a week earlier on April 5

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Evil will be rising a week sooner than originally planned. Producer Bruce Campbell announced over Twitter that “Evil Dead” will now be coming out one week before its initial release date, April 12.

“The world cannot wait. The Evil Dead remake launches one week earlier! 4/5/13. You demanded it – you got it!” he tweeted.

“Evil Dead” was originally slated to be released opposite “Oblivion” and “Scary Movie 5,” but it now will be facing off against “Jurassic Park 3D” and Shane Carruth’s follow-up to “Primer,” “Upstream Color.” As much as we’re excited for both of those projects, neither of them really pose any sort of threat to “Evil Dead,” especially considering the buzz that has been built around it.

IFC recently caught up with Alvarez and producer Bruce Campbell to talk about the new movie. Campbell described the “Evil Dead” remake as putting on “a nice, comfortable leather shoe,” because it’s going to be both familiar and new for fans of the original.

“It’s a different story, but the same mythology,” Alvarez said. “The way it is for me, it’s very mythological, and it’s about women driving men insane. Usually in horror, it’s the other way around — it’s a girl running from some dude with an axe chasing her. ‘Evil Dead’ is one of the few where it’s completely the other way around, where the guys are freaking out and the girl is driving them crazy, because it’s the girl that turns first. I like the idea of women torturing men, psychologically, physically. That’s what we craved, and that’s one of the main ideas you’ll see in the movie.”

The official synopsis for “Evil Dead” reads, “In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.”

Do you think that “Evil Dead’s” earlier release date is a good thing? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Evil Dead” gets NC-17 rating – Now being cut for R

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“Evil Dead” is about to go under the knife. The film got its first rating back from the MPAA, and organization is making it go more green band trailer and less insanely gory Red-band trailer.

It turns out the MPAA gave “Evil Dead” an NC-17 rating, which isn’t too surprising considering all of the craziness that was included in the first red-band trailer. Director Fede Alvarez revealed the news himself on Twitter, and said that they’re now working on bringing the film down a rating in time for its April 12 release date.

“Was proud of scoring a NC17 when submitted!” he tweeted. “But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters.”

Before you get too concerned, keep in mind that this likely means that a director’s cut NC-17 Blu-ray release is in “Evil Dead’s” future. Alvarez has lovingly crafted his take on “Evil Dead,” and it seems highly doubtful that he’ll never show his initial cut the light of day.

IFC recently caught up with Alvarez and producer Bruce Campbell to talk about the new movie. Campbell described the “Evil Dead” remake as putting on “a nice, comfortable leather shoe,” because it’s going to be both familiar and new for fans of the original.

“It’s a different story, but the same mythology,” Alvarez said. “The way it is for me, it’s very mythological, and it’s about women driving men insane. Usually in horror, it’s the other way around — it’s a girl running from some dude with an axe chasing her. ‘Evil Dead’ is one of the few where it’s completely the other way around, where the guys are freaking out and the girl is driving them crazy, because it’s the girl that turns first. I like the idea of women torturing men, psychologically, physically. That’s what we craved, and that’s one of the main ideas you’ll see in the movie.”

What do you think of the fact “Evil Dead’s” initial cut was rated NC-17? Is that a good or bad sign? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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