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‘YouTube director’ Fede Alvarez cuts teeth on ‘The Evil Dead’ reboot


There are any number of reasons horror fans were uneasy about the choice of Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez to direct the "reboot" of Sam Raimi's seminal demon-possession film The Evil Dead. Here are a few.

(1) He'd never directed a horror film.
(2) He'd never directed a feature film.
And (3), Raimi found him on YouTube.

Yes, you read correctly. Alvarez had posted Panic Attack, a short film with desktop FX about alien robots attacking Montevideo, and it went viral with the Hollywood crowd.

"I agree, it doesn't happen every day," Alvarez says in a phone interview. "But at the end of the day, it's nothing new. In the past, the director would go to a film festival with his short, and some producer would see the short and a job might come out of that.

"Now, instead of going to a film festival, people are putting stuff on YouTube. It sounds more magical, because you are in Uruguay and you put it online, and the next day you have hundreds of e-mails from Hollywood telling you they want to work with you.

"That's super-magic and great. But in essence it's the same. We're living in great and exciting times, finding new young blood to make movies."

And speaking of new, young blood ... Alvarez chose Raimi's offer out of many because of the relative freedom his new patron offered him. And as a non-horror director, he has issues with most of them - even the original The Evil Dead.

Like, why were a bunch of young people in a cabin in the woods in the first place (with a book of demonic incantations as reading material). In Alvarez's re-imagining - simply called Evil Dead - they're all there to help a junkie friend named Mia (Jane Levy) go cold turkey.

"It was about creating a relevant story. I mean, just five friends going to a cabin in the woods to have fun and drink beer and have sex and then get punished and killed by a demon? That would have been silly, a dated idea."

At 12, he was already jaded with horror genre conventions when he asked for something different at his video store back in Uruguay. The clerk gave him Raimi's film, called Diabolico in Spanish. "The Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, I was tired of them. I went home and watched the movie and it was so scary. It was a lesson that if your parents tell you're too young to watch something, they're probably right."

He has his own ideas about horror (a pencil stab in the Achilles tendon is more effective than guts spilling out of someone's stomach), and thinks it's no coincidence that the classic horror films have been made by non-horror directors. "If you think about The Exorcist (Friedkin), Psycho (Hitchcock) or 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle), all those are non-horror directors."

But Raimi, who did morph from horror to Spider-Man-sized action, was a particular hero.

"Evil Dead was such a big movie in my life. It's one of the few that I really remember when I watched it for the first time. I mean, I don't remember when I first saw The Empire Strikes Back, and it's one of my favourite movies."

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Can't wait to see this movie! Anyone up for a creepy post?

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