9. Evil Dead
Director: Fede Alvarez
Stars: Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore
Release Date: April 12
Prior to last year's New York Comic-Con, you would've been hard-pressed to find a horror film purist who'd gladly accept the notion of an Evil Dead remake. The 1981 original, directed by a young Sam Raimi and filled with wonderfully elaborate gore and a breakneck sense of wit, holds up as an undisputed classic of independently made genre cinema. Not to mention, recent horror remakes haven't exactly instilled widespread optimism.
But then director Fede Alvarez, star Jane Levy (Suburgatory), and producer/original Evil Dead hero Bruce Campbell premiered the reboot's first trailer at NY Comic-Con, and those in attendance went totally apeshit. As did everyone else who caught the footage once the preview hit the Internet, and rightfully so. Abound with tongue-slicing, extreme violence, and blood-splattered anarchy, the Evil Dead trailer loudly hints at a movie that's every bit as reckless as the original, but one made with an unexpected handle on quality control and admiration for its predecessor.
Plus, the poster really goes for broke via the tagline, "The most terrifying film you will ever experience." Chances are, that's horseshit, but you have to respect the confidence.