When the Evil Dead remake was originally submitted to the MPAA, the film was slapped with an NC-17 rating. If you’ve seen the trailer, then this should come as no surprise.
In the world of horror, getting the dreaded rating is a badge of honor. According to Bloody Disgusting, director Fede Alvarez recently said footage had to be removed from the theatrical version of the remake in order to get it into theaters.
He explained to his followers on Twitter:
“Was proud of scoring a NC17 when submitted! But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters.”
Those who are concerned about the film getting sliced and diced in order to receive an R-rating shouldn’t worry too much about the situation. When the Evil Dead remake finally arrives on home video, chances are all of this stuff will be re-inserted courtesy of an unrated special edition director’s cut.
Although there is a substantial amount of gore contained in the red band trailer for Evil Dead, none of these moments were created using CGI. Alvarez explained during a recent interview with io9 that all of the special effects were executed in front of the camera.
The filmmaker explained:
“We didn’t do any CGI in the movie. There’s no CGI in the movie. Everything you will see is real, which was really demanding. This was a very long shoot, 70 days of shooting at night. There’s a reason people use CGI it’s cheaper and faster, I hate that. We researched a lot of magic tricks and illusion tricks. [Like] how you would make someone’s arm disappear.”
The recently-released green band trailer for the film has been embedded below. Although it’s still freaky, the level of gore has been considerably toned down.
Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, and Jessica Lucas opens in theaters on April 12.