Wednesday, April 29, 2020

“A Bomb of Blood”: ‘Evil Dead’ Director Fede Alvarez on the Alternate Endings We’ve Never Seen [Exclusive]

“There are two endings no one has seen.”

Currently, there are two different endings to Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead that you can watch, with Mia escaping into the woods alone in the theatrical version and getting picked up by a truck driver in the extended alternate ending that’s included with the “Uncut” version of the film. But there’s another ending that Alvarez and Jane Levy shot – one that we’ve not yet seen.

Speaking with Bloody Disgusting’s The Boo Crew Podcast, Alvarez reveals the alternate ending that would have hearkened back to The Evil Dead and Sam Raimi’s iconic “demon-POV” camerawork, leaving Mia’s fate a whole lot more unclear. And there’s still another ending to the film that was scripted but never shot, wherein Mia is definitively killed by the evil force.

Ultimately, it was Sam Raimi who insisted on Mia surviving.

The original ending – we shot some of it – ended like the original movie,” Alvarez explains. “[Mia] was going to walk out of the house, she’s limping away from the house and suddenly the force – you know, the crazy camera running through the woods – would come out of the house, she would turn around, scream, and that would be it, that would be the end of it.”

In the script, we went a little bit further and we say, well, that’s what we saw in the original movie, so I think we should see more this time,” he continues. “So we will do this shot, and after she turns and screams, we will see what happened to her. It was written as she levitates for the first time – because you never see levitation in the movie. It was kind of the rules of [our] Evil Dead, to never see anything that tells you right away that you’re in a supernatural world. So no one floats [in] Evil Dead. But in the last moment, she will float.”

“Suddenly her body was all tensed up like Exorcist-style, and then we were going to rip her apart like every limb or something like that. She was going to explode into this bomb of blood.

Alvarez adds, “So that’s what we wrote and Sam Raimi – he’s a wise guy [who] was also more sensitive to the character and the experience of the audience – [said] she deserves to live. After everything she’s been through, I think the audience is going to want her to live. It would be unfair to pull something out of the hat and just say, ‘Now she dies’. And I was like, ‘Well, that’s what you did in the original,’ and he was like, ‘Well, I didn’t think Ash deserved to live.’ So we changed that and that was the ending you see [in] the movie.”

As for the ending that paid tribute to the final moments of Raimi’s Evil Dead, Alvarez says he’d love to track down the footage, polish it up and eventually release it online. So stay tuned…

You can listen to the entire Boo Crew podcast with Fede Alvarez below.

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