First Look at the Necronomicon in the 'Evil Dead' Remake

Thursday, 01 November 2012 08:51 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First Look at the Necronomicon in the 'Evil Dead' Remake

Last week, the first trailer for next year's Evil Dead remake put self-mutilation, Deadites, and sexual assault by trees on front street.  Exactly what inspires all that grueling terror?  A book.  The Necronomicon.  Anyone familiar with Sam Raimi's original Evil Dead or its sequels Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness are familiar with the book, but the first look at the remake version of this thoroughly nasty text have appeared online.

Referred to as Naturom Demonto in the first movie and Necronomicon Ex Mortis in the sequels, the book is of Sumerian origin, written in blood and bound in human flesh. 

A professor finds the ancient Necronomicon and takes it to his cabin, where he successfully translates tracts, resulting in his, you know, death. When a group of youngsters, led by Ash in the original and Mia in the remake, arrive at the cabin a week or so later, they find the book in the cellar.  Naturally, somebody reads some demon-calling passages, leading to all manner of nasty happenings. 

This new version of the Necronomicon is clearly still bound in skin, but does away with the ugly face on the familiar book.  Both of the images below debuted at the remake's Facebook page, accompanied by the warning, "Necronomicon Ex Mortis: Don't Say It. Don't Write It. Don't Hear It. Don't Share It."

The remake is produced by Raimi, along with original producer Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, who played Ash in all three movies.  It's directed by Fede Alvarez, whose short film Panic Attack! brought him to the attention of producers.  Alvarez wrote early drafts of the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues, after which Juno, Jennifer's Body, and Young Adult writer Diablo Cody was brought aboard to polish the script.

Jane Levy stars in the film, along with Lou Taylor Pucci, Shiloh Fernandez, Elizabeth Blackmore, and Jessica Lucas.

The remake is scheduled for April 12, 2013.  Almost a year to the day after The Cabin in the Woods so effectively played with horror tropes.  Seriously, check that movie out.

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