Ah... this takes us back. It's been a while since we've had a good, old-fashioned NC-17 horror movie according to the MPAA. But that's what Fede Alvarez's remake of Evil Dead is, and after watching the blood-soaked, self-mutilating trailer for the upcoming release - in theaters April 12, 2013 - we're not surprised. We haven't seen the film yet, so we have no idea if it's worth hyping, but we respect any filmmaker who makes their damned movie without pre-censoring themselves down to an R- or even a PG-13 rating just to be commercially viable.
It's still being cut down to an "R" of course.
In a recent tweet, director Fede Alvarez, who makes his feature film debut on Evil Dead, had this to say:
@woozytribe Was proud of scoring a NC17 when submitted! But we had to cut stuff out to get an R and get the film into theaters.— Fede Alvarez(@fedalvar) January 28, 2013
That doesn't necessarily mean that the theatrical cut of Evil Dead is going to be completely neutered - since you can certainly get away with a lot these days - but it does mean that the inevitable "uncut" DVD and Blu-ray release is going to be an honest-to-goodness upgrade in terms of violence and gore.
We are, of course, anxiously awaiting the day when distributors, theaters and the purveyors of movie advertising will lighten the hell up and give NC-17 movies a chance to reach audiences unmolested from day one. But until that day, we understand the practicality involved in releasing a film that can be marketed in all forms of media, reach the maximum number of movie theaters (as opposed to the bare minimum), and will settle for the fact that home video doesn't give a damn either way anymore.
Thanks go to our sibling site Shock Till You Drop for the heads up on this story.