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There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
Psychological horrors are all well and good (and equally as effective in many respects), but sometimes we need some a good, old fashioned, relentless horrorshow to truly keep us lying awake at night unable to sleep. Of course, few movies get it right, with many going so over the top that they become laughable instead of horrifying.
Narrowing down the greatest and goriest horror movies to just ten is no easy feat, so below you’ll find simply a selection of some of our favourites. All of them handle fear in extremely different ways, some to enhance the story and others to simply shock the audience to a point where they’re left truly horrified.
Let’s fire up that chainsaw and head into it.
10. The Evil Dead
This is a franchise so bloody that it’s near impossible to single out just one of the movie’s as the goriest. »
- Josh Wilding
I actually really enjoyed the Sam Rami-produced and Fede Alvarez-directed Evil Dead remake, and I would have loved to see a sequel set in that same world. However, according to the star of the film, Jane Levy, it doesn't sound like it's going to happen. It makes sense that a sequel would be put on the back burner now that a TV series is in development. This is what Levy said to Bloody-Disgusting:
"I don’t think they’re gonna make it. I mean, they’re always coming up with a new thing- now I hear they’re making a TV show. I was like, what? [Laughs] I honestly don’t know, but it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be an Evil Dead 2 anytime soon. At least, not with me in it."
I still hope that it happens one day and that the project isn't completely dead. »
- Joey Paur
Fede Alvarez’s grisly Evil Dead remake had us equal parts grossed out and engrossed, but Sam Raimi’s ever-shifting plans for the future of the horror franchise, which will now include a TV series, might mean that we’ll never see a direct follow-up to that film.
To be clear, that would be a real shame. Evil Dead, among its other strengths, worked to establish Jane Levy’s Mia as the new series’ protagonist – and the dramatic chops the Suburgatory alum showcased in the movie had me completely behind that, at least until Bruce Campbell’s Ash came into contact with her. But recent comments from Levy to Aith suggest Mia may end up being a one-and-done:
“I don’t think they’re gonna make it. I mean, they’re always coming up with a new thing- now I hear they’re making a TV show. I was like, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Even before last year's well received Evil Dead remake hit theaters, director Fede Alvarez claimed that Evil Dead 2 was on the fast track. Around this same time, director of the original 1981 The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi claimed he was making his own franchise sequel titled Army of Darkness 2, a follow up to the third installment, 1993's Army Of Darkness. The end of the Evil Dead remake even set up a future clash between cult icon Bruce Campbell as Ash, and new horror heroine Mia, played by Jane Levy.
Back in May, director Fede Alvarez spoke about the planned sequel to Evil Dead, denying reports that he’d left the project and stating that he’s still looking for the right idea for the follow-up to the 2013 reboot. However, with Sam Raimi working on Army of Darkness 2, as well as bringing Bruce Campbell’s Ash to the small screen for an Evil Dead TV series, it seems that star Jane Levy isn’t convinced that we’ll see a sequel to the reboot.
“I don’t think they’re gonna make it,” Levy tells Arrow in the Head. “I mean, they’re always coming up with a new thing- now I hear they’re making a TV show. I was like, what? [Laughs] I think they just like exciting their fans and confusing them. I honestly don’t know, but it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be »
- Gary Collinson
Sam Raimi’s horror film, Evil Dead, amassed a large and fervent cult fanbase after its release in 1981. The movie spawned two sequels in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s and prompted a remake that debuted in theaters last year. The remake, also titled Evil Dead, was directed by Fede Alvarez and produced by Raimi as well as the star and producer of the original films, Bruce Campbell and Robert G. Tapert. The remake was one of our most anticipated horror films of 2013 and generated enough buzz that a sequel was already in development before the movie officially premiered.
After the movie debuted, rumors started flying that Raimi was working on a sequel to Army of Darkness, which would crossover ...
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- Molly Freeman
Pure click bait article time, I'm prone to it too, but I'll preface this with: Remember back in May when Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez said Evil Dead 2 would be made when the time was right? Well, take that into account before reading further, just so you have a sense of perspective here.
- Ryan Turek
For the classic horror movie to succeed on the small screen, Sam Raimi must ensure there's a decent plot and plenty of humour in with the horror. But, most of all, he needs Bruce Campbell at its heart
Of all the revelations at this year's Comic-Con, perhaps the most intriguing was Sam Raimi's confirmation that both he and his long-time collaborator (and brother) Ivan are beavering away on a TV adaptation of The Evil Dead. While a tentative cause for geeky celebration in itself, the news that Bruce Campbell, who played Ash Williams in the original, will also be involved means that gore fans globe-wide are now dribbling into their laps.
The Evil Dead franchise received an overhaul last year, of course, with Fede Alvarez's sequel-remake, a decent if slightly humourless take on Raimi's original cabin in the woods claret-cabaret. The film's surprise post-credits sting starring Campbell was »
- Luke Holland
During the San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that Sam Raimi is working on an "Evil Dead" TV series that will have Bruce Campbell involved. Very little is known about the series, but Campbell recently confirmed that the plan is for him to star in it. We also know that Raimi will re-team with his brother and "Army of Darkness" co-write for the show. Raimi has been talking about continuing the "Evil Dead" franchise for years. Then last year, it was rebooted under the direction of Fede Alvarez and went on to gross almost $100 million on a budget of $17 million. We later learned that Raimi was still interested in "Army of Darkness 2." No word if that's still the case or whether the project morphed into the "Evil Dead" TV series. »
There's a lot up in the air for all things Evil Dead and as far as I'm concerned, that's a good thing! Whether or not any of these come to fruition . . . well, we've heard talk about Evil Dead news before, so let's get right to it. For those of you who were fans of the Evil Dead remake (I certainly was), last we heard was that director Fede Alvarez had a sci-fi project in the works, but still had some ideas regarding a sequel to Evil Dead. While I would love to see a sequel that explores new »
- Sean Wist
On, Friday, one of the bigger surprises to come out of the convention center during Comic-Con 2014 was the fact that Sam Raimi and Ted Raimi are developing an Evil Dead TV series. Sam Raimi broke the news during the secret The Last of Us panel, and at the time claimed that original star and producer Bruce Campbell was also involved. But it was not stated in what capacity.
Answering a fan on his personal Twitter account, Bruce Campbell confirmed that he is going to headline the series, and even hints at his return as the iconic Ash with a piece of promo art.
“@DeaditeBill: Only if @GroovyBruce is the Star of this new tv series will I accept. That's the plan. pic.twitter.com/m7EkBFpl1b
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014
Sam Raimi has been making his rounds at San Diego Comic-Con, talking about various upcoming projects like his upcoming adaptation of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, which he’ll be producing, but he also dropped some news that he, Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell are currently collaborating on writing an Evil Dead TV series, as The Verge reported from Comic-Con. This is very exciting news for fans of one of horror’s greatest franchises, coming a little over a year and a few months after Fede Alvarez’s excellent, gory reboot, which Raimi and Campbell both produced.
Evil Dead would join a small host of other shows currently on TV based on classic horror films, which includes NBC’s masterful Hannibal and A&E’s soapy Bates Motel. Not much is known about the Evil Dead show other than it is in the early stages of writing, leaving »
- Max Molinaro
An interesting piece of news that came out at the panel for The Last of Us today was that Sam Raimi is currently writing and Evil Dead TV show. Which is bizarre to me, but no more bizarre than the tortured development history of Army of Darkness 2. Where does this leave that film? And what does this mean for Evil Dead 2 (the apparently-still-gestating sequel to Fede Alvarez’s remake)? We have no idea because Raimi didn’t mention anything in regard to those projects. He barely mentioned anything in regard to this project except for the fact that he’s co-writing it with his brother Ivan Raimi and that Bruce Campbell will be involved. Hit the jump for more on the potential Evil Dead TV show.One thing that excites me about this is the fact that cable networks (and even regular networks if you look at NBC’s »
- Evan Dickson
When the Evil Dead remake was released in 2013, producer and director of the original upon which it was based Sam Raimi claimed that not only was Evil Dead 2 being planned, but so was Army of Darkness 2, which he would direct himself, with the hope of someday bringing Ash and Mia together in an epic showdown. We haven't heard much in the year and a half since that talk started, but today at Comic-Con, Sam Raimi revealed that he and his brother Ted Raimiwere moving forward with an Evil Dead TV show.
Bruce Campbell will definitely be involved in the TV series, but it was not said if he'd be reprising his iconic Ash character, or if he might serve a sort of Crypt Keeper host, which has been speculated, »
"Evil Dead" will live again -- this time on TV. Sam Raimi revealed at Comic Con that the cult horror franchise is being resurrected -- again -- for an upcoming TV series. "I always love working on that series," he said. "My brother [Ivan Raimi] and I are writing the Evil Dead TV show right now. Weird, but true. With Bruce Campbell." The news was revealed during a surprise Sony panel for the video game adaptation "The Last of Us," which Raimi will produce. No more details about the potential series have been announced, and it's unclear if Campbell will appear in the series, or just serve behind the scenes. Raimi directed micro-budget horror hit "The Evil Dead" in 1981 and followed it up with two sequels -- 1987's "Evil Dead 2" and 1992's time traveling "Army of Darkness." Campbell starred as the bumbling hero Ash in all three films. Raimi and Campbell »
- Dave Lewis
Director: Fede Alvarez
Synopsis: Santanico tries to lure Richie to the darkside as Seth and the gang head down to the catacombs in search of a way out.
After a quick flashback of Carlos’ past life as a Conquistador, the episode starts in Santanico’s lair. She has Richie but cannot turn him unless he comes freely to her. There is some discussion about how Ranger Freddie Gonzalez is still alive but all we get is that he may be from some kind of ancient bloodline. Big coincidence there.
Upstairs Seth has a knife to Gonzalez and is also questioning how he is still alive. Gonzalez tells them that he might have found a way out and will lead them to safety but Seth »
- Lucinda Holt
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Season 1, Episode 8, “La Conquista”
Written by Marcel Rodriguez
Directed by Fede Alvarez
Airs Tuesdays at 9pm (Et) on El Rey Network
Somehow From Dusk till Dawn: The Series has managed to exceed expectations. With just 2 episodes left, the first season has been clever, imaginative, and exciting. There have been a few bumps along the way, some of the pacing has been off and the transition from screen to TV hasn’t always been smooth, but for the most part the series has benefited from the great chemistry between D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz as Seth and Richie Gecko, and a hectic, bloody, cool attitude.
“Pandemonium” ended with Richie being shot by Freddie (Jesse Garcia) and drugged by Santanico (Eiza Gonzalez). “La Conquista” opens with a flashback to Carlos (Wilmer Valderrama) and his ever evolving back story. From the beginning Carlos has been the big question mark for the show. »
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the planned sequel to last year’s Evil Dead reboot, or indeed Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 4 – a.k.a. Army of Darkness 2. However, chatting to Shock Till You Drop, director Fede Alvaraz has provided an update, stating that he’s still looking for an idea for Evil Dead 2, as well as providing a brief update on Ash’s proposed fourth outing:
“Sam, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert and I are good friends and we talk to one another often and we’re always coming up with new ideas and projects. Sam is teasing Army of Darkness 2, which he is working on the script with his brother, but at the same time Evil Dead 2 is something we definitely want to do at some point. But part of the reason I think the last one was successful is »
- Gary Collinson
The Sam Raimi-produced and Fede Alvarez-directed reboot of Evil Dead was awesomely nightmarish. I really enjoyed that movie, and I wasn't sure if I would because I'm such a hardcore fan of the original. The reboot was a big hit though and fans of the original seemed to embrace it as well.
There was a lot of talk about a sequel after the reboot was released. It was something that everyone seemed excited about seeing, including the fans and the filmmakers. So why has nothing happened with it yet?! Because Raimi, Alvarez, and Bruce Campbell are in no rush to do it.
In a recently interview with Shock Till You Drop, Alvarez had this to say when asked about the sequel:
"Sam, Bruce, and Rob Tapert and I are good friends and we talk to one another often and we're always coming up with new ideas and projects. »
- Joey Paur
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