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Five things we hope to see in the “Evil Dead” remake

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With the recent news that the “Evil Dead” remake actually appears to be moving ahead, (with Diablo Cody punching up the script, no less) we’ve been thinking about Sam Raimi’s seminal horror-comedy flick more than usual, which frankly, we didn’t even think was possible.

So, in honor of the news that we may get our first taste of the “Evil Dead” franchise since 1992’s “Army of Darkness,” we’ve assembled the top five things we want to see in the upcoming remake. But don’t worry, Diablo Cody-haters, you won’t find “quippy pop culture references” or “hamburger phones” anywhere on this list.

1) Traditional Special Effects
One of the things that made the original “Evil Dead” so charming were all the low-rent special effects. Unfortunately, given that it’s the year 2011, Lionsgate is most likely going to CG the hell out of this thing, especially since its being helmed by Fede Álvarez, the guy who directed that “Ataque de Pánico!” short with all the giant robots. But, we’re still holding out hope that they’ll find some room for puppets, latex and oh-so-creepy stop-motion animation.

2) Skin
While we’re not huge fans of how much contemporary films use shoddy computer generated imagery, we are definitely in favor of another recent development: Excessive eye candy. It’s not that Bruce Campbell wasn’t a handsome guy (if you’re into chins, he’s the absolute tops), but his cast-mates were kind of exceptionally 80s – and not in the good way either. Why not take the opportunity to pretty up the women who get subjected to all those awful things?

3) Tree Rape
Speaking of awful things happening to women, how about that tree rape scene? After three decades, the thing is still terrifying, stomach-churning and, honestly, kind of darkly comical. We’re not the kind of creeps that enjoy rapes on film or anything, but not only is this scene a great moment in the movie, it also sets up a crucial demon infestation. Here’s hoping that the tree rape scene doesn’t get sacrificed in the name of political correctness, a lower rating, or, you know, good taste.

4) Bruce Campbell

The original Ashley “Ash” J. Williams, Bruce Campbell, is already signed on to be a producer in the new “Evil Dead” remake, but it’s just not enough for us. Campbell certainly shouldn’t play the lead – that role should go to someone younger with an even bigger chin (fingers crossed) – but it would be a crying shame for Campbell to not appear anywhere in the flick. Even a “Spider-Man”-style cameo would be enough for us.

5) Chainsaw Hand
In the original “Evil Dead” series, Ash didn’t grab his nuts (one-handed) and strap a chainsaw onto his arm until the second movie. But what’s the point of a remake if you don’t correct the mistakes of the past? You can call it eating your dessert before dinner if you want, but not putting a chainsaw hand in this movie (or any movie, really) is just leaving money on the table.

What would you like to see in the “Evil Dead” remake? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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