Evil Dead was released on Bluray and DVD last week just before SDCC. Fede Alvarez and Jane Levy were in attendence at the Movies on Demand Lounge to promote the release and answer questions about the upcoming sequel and just how much of the film was cut for theaters versus the directors cut.
“People are always asking me about the director’s cut of the film,” Alvarez tells Bloody Disgusting.
“Honestly though, the version out right now IS the director’s cut. I feel it is the best cut of the movie and it’s also my favorite. We really didn’t cut much as the MPAA had us make only minimal trims, like when Jane cut her tongue in half, we could only show that for two seconds instead of three. They didn’t want us to over-expose the film’s violence so if you only see things like that for a couple of seconds then you most likely won’t become a homicidal maniac and go on a rampage.“
As for Ash’s character showing up at the film’s end and the significance of the scene, “When we initially got together to start production on the movie I was all about getting in cameos for Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell and anyone else we could get in there. Sam immediately stepped in though and encouraged me to leave those characters alone and make my own movie and I think we benefited from that advice immensely. Still, we did get the Ash character in at the very end like a hidden track on a CD and my intention with that was to let the audience know Ash is still out there and he knows what’s going on. We originally had a moment written where Ash would find Jane Levy’s character wandering the road, but it was never filmed because Bruce was unavailable. The moment you seen at the end of the flick was very spur of the moment. We shot in in an office using only borrowed lamps for lighting.”
Fede continues, “For the next movie I want to continue the story laid out by my first film. I just don’t want to get five new kids and throw them into the cabin. Who knows? Maybe Jane [Levy] (who played the character “Mia”) and Ash (played by Bruce Campbell) will meet up? Maybe Jane will be attacked in the woods and die at the beginning of the second one. We’re still in the very early stages of talking about it. I want to continue to add to the mythology and make my own movie and revere the films that have come before it.”
Evil Dead is now on home video from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.