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Evil Dead: The Game Cover Story – Raising Hell

Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games are targeting the asymmetrical horror genre for a battle between demons and survivors, but it’s quite different than other creature feature forays on the market. In Evil Dead: The Game, don’t expect to find the human heroes cowering in corners or attempting to flee – this 4v1 fear festival takes the fight directly to the forces of evil, hacking enemies in half and blowing them to pieces. In 1981, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead made a grisly splash onto the horror scene, featuring what’s become an almost formulaic setup: Five unfortunate friends head out to a cabin in the woods for a good time, and then, spoiler alert, good times are not had. The idyllic journey into the country turns into a bloody massacre, spurred on by an ancient evil book known as the Necronomicon. I remember I first saw the movie in a time when villains like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers fought for dominance over our grade-school nightmares. The film offered the terrifying simplicity of facing your friends after they become possessed undead. It gloried in the sheer, unflinching willingness to lean into the intimate, grim goriness of it all, and the experience left a strong impression. Interestingly enough, it’s possible that The Evil Dead wouldn’t have had the chance to thrive without horror maestro Stephen King’s praise. After seeing it out of competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, King wrote a rave review, leading to New Line Cinema picking the film up for distribution. The movie has gone down as a cult classic and had plenty of influence within the horrorsphere. But Bruce Campell’s portrayal of character Ash Williams has undeniably become the campy, comical face of the otherwise incredibly macabre franchise, infusing the gruesome themes and blood splatters with a hefty dose of comedic quips and one-liners. Multiple films followed the original, including Evil Dead 2 and the completely off-the-wall Army of Darkness, where Ash travels back to medieval times to fight the titular demonic forces. In more modern times, the series has had both a soft reboot and a TV series, with yet another film, Evil Dead Rise, scheduled to hit this year. And then, of course, there’s Saber Interactive’s upcoming game. Read more...
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    Norman Lear, NBC & Reba Team for Fried Green Tomatoes Series

    Norman Lear, NBC & Reba team for Fried Green Tomatoes series Nearly 30 years after first hitting theaters to rave reviews and roaring box office success, Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes is making another trip to the screen as NBC is teaming with Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Norman Lear and Reba McEntire for a series adaptation of the dramedy novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Grease Prequel Series Shifting Gears from HBO Max to Paramount+ The series, which is being penned by Jennifer Cecil (Private Practice, One Tree Hill), will take a modern-day approach to the 1987 novel and will explore the lives of the descendants of the novel, centering on a present-day Idgie Threadgoode, who returns to the small town of Whistle Shop, Alabama, after a decade away and must come to terms with a changed town, estranged daughter, struggling cafe and life-changing secret. The role of Idgie was previously portrayed by Mary Stuart Masterson in the film adaptation of the novel. Click here to purchase the 1991 film! Lear will produce the series under his Act III Productions banner alongside producing partner Brent Miller, while the author of the novel and co-writer fo the original film Flagg is set to executive produce with McEntire and Cecil. The 98-year-old celebrated Hollywood producer and writer previously executive produced the 1991 film adaptation of Flagg’s novel. RELATED: Amazon Greenlights I Know What You Did Last Summer Series The original novel and film centered on housewife Evelyn Couch who finds herself unhappy with her life and begins to form a friendship with Ninny Threadgoode, an elderly woman living in a nursing home who tells her stories about her youth in the the town in which her sister-in-law, Idgie, and friend Ruth ran a cafe. The cast for the film included Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy), Masterson (Daniel Isn’t Real), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds, Billions) and Cicely Tyson (Sounder, The Help). (Photo Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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