SXSW 2013: First EVIL DEAD Remake Reactions; Director Fede Alvarez Announces Sequel Plans

Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict are prepping to release the upcoming remake of the cult classic horror film Evil Dead, starring Shiloh Fernandez and Jessica Lucas, in theaters this April.

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Often imitated, never equaled. Evil Dead was the horror movie that started it all. Now, after 30 years, Sam Raimi and the original creators are passing the reins of their beloved classic to Alvarez. In this retelling, five friends hole up at a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead. A demonic force is unleashed possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival.

Evil Dead made its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival to a wave of positive reception (and a few negative comments). After the screening, original Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell took the stage with director Fede Alvarez, who stated, news from director @fedalvar at SXSW : "I guess this is an official announcement: We are already writing Evil Dead 2." Here are a few of the first reactions from the film to hit Twitter from tonight's screening:

Directed by Fede Alvarez, who wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody, Evil Dead stars Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia; and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie. Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) and Sam Raimi are on board as producers. Sony Pictures has scheduled Evil Dead to hit theaters on April 5th, 2013.