The remake of Evil Dead is the hot topic among horror fans at the moment. The released trailers certainly heated up talks and expectations and put the film on the most wanted lists of many people. Those clips also leave no doubt about the rating for the theatrical release, which will certainly be an "R". Producer Sam Raimi hinted at this in previous interviews.
Now, director Fede Alvarez talked to Collider and shed some light on the issues with the MPAA rating and confirms that it will be start with an R rating and not with an NC-17.
It will be an R-rated movie no matter what. When we wrote the script we delivered it and they were like “Oh, this is amazing.” [Producers] Robert Tapert and Raimi are more like good cop, bad cop; those are the dynamics of it. Bruce [Campbell] is always excited about everything. And for me it was such a dream to have those three guys talking about the movie, it was awesome. But the voices were like—basically Tapert, being a little more realistic was like “That’s an NC-17 movie right there, the way it was written.” But there are people at Sony that take care of that, a liaison with the MPAA, and they read it and go “Oh, I think that will be an R because of the supernatural aspects of it.” You know you Americans are crazy, right? The whole ratings system is like “cuckoo!” Because there’s not much sex, actually, but there is…in a way. But not in the “Oh look, a boob” or “Oh, they have some sex now” not that kind of sex. So that’s all right, all the mutilation and all that, that’s all cool for kids. It’s great.
Furthermore, Alvarez talked about the infamous rape scene of the original film, which will of course also be in the remake.
Collider: How do you approach the tree rape scene? Because you’re taking things over the top, how do you deal with that? Because there’s sexual violence there, which obviously censors don’t take lightly.
ALVAREZ: Oh, I approach it. We really approach it. I guess what is really offensive about the original, which Sam told me from the beginning “Oh, I’m not proud of that scene,” …
Collider: It was all Rob’s fault. We heard that was Rob’s idea.
ALVAREZ: Yeah. And also, the problem is when you look at it, she gets raped, but then it seems like she’s enjoying it? That’s wrong. No one’s going to enjoy that. In this one I’d say it’s more brutal, in a way. But it’s still rape. And actually it was again Rob, because in the beginning Sam didn’t want it, didn’t write it. He was like, “Well it’s kind of implied, and maybe we’d do a version for DVD because we’re going to get an NC-17 if we do it.” But then Rob was like “Fuck no, let’s rape it.”
It's interesting that there will be different cuts of the movie that will vary in the amount of violence and gore in order to secure the R rating. It can be expected that the most violent material will be available on DVD/BD later on.
Evil Dead starts in US cinemas on April 12th and in British cinemas on April 19th, 2013.