The theatrical release of Fede Alvarez’s remake of ‘Evil Dead’ doesn’t hit theaters until April, but it’s screened a few places. It’s definitely played enough times for the audience to know that there’s a special post-credits scene ala Marvel’s films, so be sure to stay in your seats until the very end. But word going around is that the scene that’s included in the current cut wasn’t the original one. Apparently, there was a different one that more of a nod to fans of the original.
I wouldn’t consider this a spoiler because it’s not actually in the movie, but just to be safe, I’ll go ahead and mention that the *SPOILER* level of this news is mild.
Anyway, the new ‘Evil Dead’ separates itself pretty well from the original while still holding onto the same feel, but if this report from Comic Book Movie is to be believed, then it seems that the filmmakers had some more obvious connections to Sam Raimi’s cult classic that ended up on the cutting room floor.
“I was told that there was a scene for post-credits where they shot Bruce Campbell in the Ash role but of course he is older (trying to integrate him into this remake’s timeline for future possible cross over). The surviving member of the group is walking down a road (all covered in blood from the final scene in the movie) and suddenly a truck (with the word “S-Mart” printed on the side of the truck’s container unit) drives up the road and stops by the survivor. Then the window roles down and we see none other than Ash (Ashley Williams…Bruce Campbell)…the hero and survivor from the original ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy. He asks the survivor if everything is OK and if any help was needed. Then the Survivor looks at Ash and turns again into a Deadite (gets possessed again)….then we see Ash with the camera zoomed in a close-up on his face as he says: “Groovy!” (one of his famous catchphrases from ‘Evil Dead 2’/’Army of Darkness’…you fans know what I am talking about) and we fade to black… I was so excited and shocked when I heard this little golden nugget by the insider. Then the person goes on to tell me that they shot the whole scene but when Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell watched it they decided it was out of place (for now).”
I must reiterate that this scene just described is NOT the post-credits scene that you’ll see in the theater, but it seems to jive with the idea that a sequel is in the works. In fact, there have been talks of an all-new trilogy, potentially with Alvarez at the helm. Now, with a potential ‘Evil Dead 4’/’Army of Darkness 2’ in the works, the question is if the two franchises are being set up for an eventual crossover.
What do you think about this deleted scene from ‘Evil Dead’? Do you want to see Sam Raimi’s trilogy crossover with Fede Alvarez’s proposed trilogy? Share your thoughts in the comment section.
‘Evil Dead’ starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Elizabeth Blackmore, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas opens in theaters everywhere on April 5, 2013.