‘Overlord’ Finishes Third at Box Office; ‘Venom’ and ‘Halloween’ Continue to Add to Totals

Bad Robot’s long-delayed and rumored about World War Two zombie tale Overlord finished third at the weekend box office while the break-out hits of October, Venom and Halloween (2018), continued to pad their already impressive totals.

Overlord, once rumored to be the fourth installment in the Cloverfield franchise, finished third with a modest $10.1 million dollar debut.  The hard-R tale of mad zombie science run amok may have been too much for the average movie-goer (who gave the film a mediocre B Cinemascore rating), but Overlord did score high with critics (the film currently has an aggregate rating of 81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes).  The film will certainly earn back all of its production costs ($38 million) once international sales are included, but don’t expect Overlord to perform much better over the coming weeks with continued competition from tent-pole pictures from all of the major studios.

Carrying over their success from October, Venom and Halloween (2018) continued to earn money in November, with an 8th place finish for Venom ($4.85 million) and a ninth place finish for Halloween ($3.84 million).   Venom’s domestic total currently sits at over $206 million and the international receipts bring the film well over $670 million dollars.  Halloween is beginning to slow down (especially with the direct competition from Overlord this weekend), yet the film crossed the $150 million mark and is very close to $250 world-wide at this point.

In less positive news, the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, got tangled up and lost in the plethora of new films and consistent October earners and only made a little over $8 million at the box office.  Director Fede Alvarez’s first non-horror entry did not fare well with critics, posting a 43% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  The timing of the release was also questionable with Overlord and Halloween targeting similar audiences, not giving the director of Don’t Breathe a chance to bring over fans of his horror material to the franchise. A quick exit from your local cinema all but assured based on the film’s anemic debut.

Speaking of quick exits, if you haven’t had the chance to see Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake,  you better get out to the movie theater soon, as the film is only playing in 261 theaters, down 50 from last week.  The film has grossed a total of $2 million for Amazon Studios, which never quiet got around to giving the film a wide-release. This isn’t a surprise for horror fans, as even in the horror community, Argento’s films (or those based on his work) are an acquired taste.  Look for Suspiria to appear on Amazon Prime very soon.

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Remake or Sequel? Fede Alvarez Sets the Record Straight on 2013’s EVIL DEAD

Don’t call it a remake; according to Fede Alvarez, his 2013 reimagining of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead is actually a sequel. He made the clarification via Twitter while taking a break from promoting his latest film, The Girl in the Spider’s Web (now playing in theaters nationwide). This ends a long-running debate between horror fans over whether Mia’s battle with Sumerian demons takes place in a parallel universe or the same one Ash exists in.

The main clue that the two films take place in the same universes are the same is the car.

“[Evil Dead 2013] continues the first one. The coincidences on events between the first film and mine are not coincidences, but more like dark fate created by the evil book. (Ash car is still there rusting away).”

Synopsis:
Mia (Jane Levy), a drug addict, is determined to kick the habit. To that end, she asks her brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and their friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) to accompany her to their family’s remote forest cabin to help her through withdrawal. Eric finds a mysterious Book of the Dead at the cabin and reads aloud from it, awakening an ancient demon. All hell breaks loose when the malevolent entity possesses Mia.

Did you ever wonder if 2013’s Evil Dead was a sequel or a remake? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Was 2013’s ‘Evil Dead’ a Sequel or a Remake? Director Fede Alvarez Finally Settles the Beef!

Anyone who knows me knows that I normally shun remakes, as do most loyal horror fans. That’s why friends of mine are so surprised when I say how much I adore Fede Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead. “But…you hate remakes almost as much as you hate “found footage” movies”, they say; well the fact is that I’ve always contended, as have other wise fans, that Fede’s film was not a remake but a sequel; Ash’s rusted out Delta 88 is sitting in front of the cabin, for god’s sake!

Still, there are those that would argue that the film was meant as a straight remake and to them I say, told ya so! Last night, well most of us deadites were snoozing, a fan tweeted Fede Alvarez with this exact question and the director responded, “It continues the first one. The coincidences on events between the first film and mine are not coincidences, but more like dark fate created by the evil book. (Ash car is still there rusting away)”.

Well, there you have it fiends. It would seem that 5 years after the bloody film’s release, it has been confirmed that Evil Dead is in fact a sequel to the original film. Thanks for clearing that up, Mr. Alvarez.

 

Stay gory my friends.

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Director Fede Alvarez Just Gave an Interesting Response When Asked if His ‘Evil Dead’ is a Remake

For years, horror fans have debated whether Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II is technically a sequel or actually a remake – for what it’s worth, Bruce Campbell himself recently called it a “requel,” while we’d simply call it, well, a clear cut sequel – and interestingly enough, fans have also spent several years now debating the very same thing about Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead.

Is the 2013 version of Evil Dead (which finally now has its Unrated Cut available on Blu-ray!) truly a remake of Sam Raimi’s original, or is it a sequel that takes place in a world where the events of the previous films did indeed happen? As many have pointed out, Ash’s iconic Oldsmobile does appear as an Easter egg in the movie, suggesting it’s not quite a remake.

Alvarez himself just provided a pretty interesting answer to this question on Twitter.

He tweeted, when asked if his Evil Dead is a remake or set within the same continuity as the original Sam Raimi films, “It continues the first one. The coincidences on events between the first film and mine are not coincidences, but more like dark fate created by the evil book. (Ash car is still there rusting away).”

So there you have it. Whatever you want to call it, Evil Dead ’13 is one hell of a horror flick!

Fede Alvarez Has an Update on Don’t Breathe 2

A while back in May, director Fede Alvarez opened up a poll on his Twitter account asking which movie he should tackle next – Don’t Breathe 2 or Evil Dead 2. Movieweb recently sat down with Alvarez and asked him about his poll and the realities of what he was asking his fans. From the […]

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Fede Alvarez Offers Updates on the Status of LABYRINTH 2

Fede Alvarez became a household name among horror fans following the 2013 release of his Evil Dead remake. Since then, he’s helmed Don’t Breathe in 2016 and The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story, hitting US theaters this Friday. Today, we’re getting updates regarding the filmmaker’s sequel to 1986’s Labyrinth.

Labyrinth, directed by Jim Henson, was a dark anomaly when it was released; not unlike The Dark Crystal (another Henson picture) it was presented as a family-friendly affair—and it is. But it was much darker than any Muppet movie and, for those of us who came of age in the 1980’s, Labyrinth was something of a horror primer.

The sequel has been in pre-production for a couple years now, but Alvarez gave exclusive updates to our friends at MovieWeb. On the status of a completed script, he stated:

“I never said the script is complete. I never believe the script is actually complete. We do have a first version of it, we have a first version that I think is amazing. I’m sure we’ve gotta write more because that’s the way we do with Jay [Basu]. We’re gonna keep writing until we believe that it’s a perfect script. We’re gonna try to get there because that’s one that has such a beloved fanbase, me included in it, that I would never do anything that’s far from perfect. Or at least I’m gonna try to aim there. It will take some time because that’s not something you rush. It’s been enough years that I think no one should rush that one. We’re gonna try and get it right.”

On his specific approach to the film:

“I’m a fan of the original and again, in this case, it’s something that I haven’t done. Where Evil Dead was kind of a remake, but at the same time it was a sequel, because the events that happened before did happen in our Evil Dead. But it was different characters. That was one thing. Whereas [The Girl in the Spider’s Web], that was more of a different chapter in the story, where you bring in a new actor to play an iconic role. In the case of Labyrinth, it’s the only one, which I haven’t done that yet, of a straightforward sequel. But it’s a sequel to a classic and a continuation of that story. And with Jay Basu, my co-writer on Spider’s Web, we had what I thought was this great idea to continue that story and jump so many years later and pick up that story now. We got really excited about that and we started collaborating with the Henson’s, with Jim Henson’s daughter.”

In addition to the Labyrinth sequel, Alvarez is currently working on a sequel to Don’t Breathe; though fans are aching for another Devil Dead flick featuring Jane Levy as Mia, nothing official has been announced.

Well keep you up to date on all Labyrinth news as details emerge; stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the synopsis and trailer for 1986’s Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, and Toby Froud below.

Synopsis:
A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Are you a fan of 1986’s Labyrinth and/or filmmaker Fede Alvarez? Are you excited about Labyrinth 2? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Fede Alvarez Has Script for the ‘Don’t Breathe’ Sequel

Before directing The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Fede Alvarez put his stamp on the Evil Dead remake and also helmed the ridiculously suspenseful Don’t Breathe, two films that both warrant a sequel.

While out promoting The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Alvarez was asked about long-gestured sequels to both films and got right down to the nitty-gritty. While Evil Dead could happen in the future, right now he prefers to get a Don’t Breathe sequel off the ground and even revealed that there’s a completed screenplay. Unfortunately, he may not direct.

“It doesn’t mean that we won’t make them. And that I make them might not be that I’m directing, but I might be producing,” he told Movieweb. “They’re just ideas right now. Nothing to announce officially. We do have a script for Don’t Breathe 2. That’s the only difference. We don’t have a script for Evil Dead 2. But we do have a script for Don’t Breathe 2 that we wrote. Once I’m done with [The Girl in the Spider’s Web] we’re gonna start thinking of ways to bring that story to the screen. Me directing or me producing. It really depends on the time that we’ll have. I’m particularly excited about that because it’s a really different sequel, when it comes to sequels. It’s a very different approach and I’m excited about that.”

In Don’t Breathe, a trio of thieves breaks into the house of a blind man who isn’t as helpless as he seems. Alvarez reteamed with Evil Dead star Jane Levy on the film, which left the door open for a sequel.

Fede Alvarez Still Plans On Directing That ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel and the Script is Complete

We learned well over one year ago that Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez would be directing a follow-up to Labyrinth, but first Alvarez had to put his focus on The Girl in the Spider’s Web, releasing November 9. Now that it’s in the can, Alvarez has provided an update on Labyrinth, noting that the script is complete!

I was actually having lunch yesterday with Lisa Henson and we reconnected with that project,” Alvarez told Fandango this week. “We’re very excited about it. It is basically a direct continuation of the first movie many years later, and I can’t tell you much more about it… but we have a script, and we’re very excited about it so we’ll see where that goes. Like always, it takes time and effort to put those movies together because they’re larger than life. But that’s one of the projects that I’m very excited about.”

Last we heard, Jay Basu was writing the script with Alvarez.

In Labyrinth, which starred David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly…

A 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

The new film is a co-production between TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Co. Lisa Henson of The Henson Co. will produce and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar.

The ‘Evil Dead’ Reboot is Finally Getting an Unrated Blu-Ray Release

The unrated version of Fede Alvarez’s incredibly gory and horrifying Evil Dead remake is soon to be available on Blu-Ray, and it’s about time. Amazon has a listing that says it will be available on October 23rd, just in time for Halloween. This version will feature around five minutes of extra content cut from the original version […]

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Unrated Version of the ‘Evil Dead’ Remake Finally Coming to U.S. Blu-ray in October!

Back in October of 2016, you may recall, the extended “Unrated” version of Fede Alvarez’s insanely gruesome remake of Evil Dead got a digital release, home to five minutes of footage that was not included in the film’s theatrical release. Oddly, the “Unrated” version was *only* made available digitally, with no home video release in sight at that time.

Two years later, it looks like it’s finally on the way! According to an Amazon listing, Sony will re-release Evil Dead on Blu-ray on October 23, including the theatrical & Unrated versions!

DISC 1: Unrated Version

DISC 2: R-Rated Version:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Making Life Difficult Featurette
  • Directing The Dead Featurette
  • Being Mia Featurette
  • Unleashing the Evil Force Featurette

So what can you expect from the “Unrated Edition” of the Evil Dead remake? Fans who are hungry for way more of the 2013 gore-fest will be happy to hear that it includes just under FIVE MINUTES of footage not seen in the theatrical/home video version, including scenes that were in the trailer but strangely absent from the film itself. As outlined by Movie Censorship (be sure to head over there for literally everything you need to know about this cut), the newly-branded “Unrated Edition” has both additional plot scenes and more violence.

The site notes 27 major and minor differences between the “Unrated Edition” and the theatrical cut, and the additional gore scenes include extended shots of Mia’s tongue slice and Natalie’s self-inflicted arm removal; two of the more gruesome sequences in the film. Perhaps most notably, the scene of David chopping up Natalie’s body with a chainsaw has been restored, which was glimpsed in the trailer but eventually cut by Alvarez.

Additionally, the new version includes a brand new scene during the end credits, which sees Mia being picked up on the side of the road by a kind stranger; contrary to internet rumors when the film was released, the old man in this scene is not played by Bruce Campbell.

More action. More gore. This version is a MUST own.