Not Vampires. Nor Werewolves. Not Even Zombies.

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Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise about demon possession, chainsaws, and the Book of the Dead first debuted in 1983 as low-budget horror gold.

Shortly, after it began to gather a cult following and spawned video games, comic books, and musicals. Now more than 30 years later, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, the franchise’s lead actor, are backing a remake by director Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body, Juno), which will follow the original story line closely while substituting Bruce Campbell’s swarthy hero Ash for Jane Levy’s female Ash and featuring a cast of young up-and-coming actors.

To fans this is as scintillating as it is confounding: Why not a sequel? Why proverbially fix what ain’t proverbially broken? Well, if news of a remake weren’t enough, Raimi also filed a lawsuit against the production company Award Pictures for planning a sequel.


Graham Todd is an intern at The Rumpus. He spends his mornings writing post-apocalyptic, vaguely biblical sci-fi horror comedy, his evenings tutoring the wide-eyed youth of the Palo Alto area, and his Thursdays at The Rumpus office, effectively “off the streets”. Beyond this weekly ritual, he enjoys karaoke, the movies, and jogging. More from this author →