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“Evil Dead” remake will add some new twists to old formula

“Evil Dead” remake will add some new twists to old formula (photo)

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If you’re going to remake a movie, my feeling is you might as well remake it differently than the first go around. Unless you’re remaking, say, Orson Welles’ cut of “The Magnificent Ambersons,” the original movie still exists. So why not change it up a little?

That’s why I’m intrigued by the news from Bloody Disgusting about some plot developments in the upcoming “Evil Dead” remake that will be directed by Fede Alvarez. Their report suggests Alvarez and a screenwriting team that includes Diablo Cody have potentially made some substantial changes to the plot of the film. All the kids stuck in a remote cabin in the woods surrounded by demons brought to life by the Necronomicon stuff is still intact, but the reason the gang of kids goes to said cabin in the woods surrounded by demons brought to life by the Necronomicon will apparently be very different this time:

“The lead character [takes] his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed… The worst part, though, is that one of the friends unleashes the demons by deciphering the Book of the Dead and reading the passages aloud. (Yeah, because just some kid would know how to read ancient text. Sigh.)”

Generally I have a hard time getting that disappointed by a couple sentences of plot description. If anything, I’m relieved that this won’t be 1982’s “The Evil Dead” with new special effects and a hard-bodied hunk replacing Bruce Campbell in the role of Ash. After all, these tidbits suggest that the remake will have two co-leads — a brother and a sister — which could add a few welcome wrinkles to the plot. Let’s face it: if the remake’s just a movie about a dude name Ash and his buddies, you know who’s going to survive. This variation at least offers the possibility for some suspense and surprises along the way. And if the movie winds up being terrible then we’re already grateful for the metaphor of the dead refusing to stay dead cause we’re totally going to write about it in our review.

What do you think of this new twist on the old “Evil Dead” formula? Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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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…