Jane Levy ('Evil Dead')
'The Evil Rises'
By now you all know the story: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
Starring Jane Levy, the 23-year-old star of ABCís sitcom Suburgatory, adapted from Sam Raimiís 1981 cult favorite (Raimi also produced the remake), Levy plays Mia, whose attempt to kick drug addiction during a Midwestern cabin excursion turns deadly after she and her friends unleash evil spirits.
We caught up with Levy whilst she was driving in L.A. and asked her some serious, and some fun questions - whilst she kindly pulled over to the side of the road, of course!
So, if you, like the characters in 'Evil Dead,' walked into a room full of dead cats and found a book that was elaborately bound, what would your reaction be?! "I would definitely open it. If it said, ďdonít read it,Ē thereís a chance I might. I donít know. I like to think I wouldnít. I might be scared of reading it, but I would definitely open it. I would definitely take the book from the basement and look whatís inside."
Would you be more likely to read it if it said ďread itĒ or ďdonít read itĒ? "Thatís funny," she laughs. "I donít know. Thatís a really funny question though," she laughs again.
Thanks to all the fake blood during filming, you had the worst ear infection that a doctor had ever seen. Did you tell him how it got that way? "Yeah, I did. I think he thought it was a little bit entertaining, which is messed up for a doctor to think that but Ö He didnít say it was the worst ear infection, he said it was the most inflamed ear canal he had ever seen. Which is sort of, I guess, the same thing. He gave me antibiotics, and sure enough I was back to being healthy, but it took a long time for all the blood to actually come out of my ear. Months after we stopped shooting there was still blood coming out of my ear."
A lot of people who were involved in the original were on board for the remake and there was more money to create the vision. In general, how should people determine if a remake is worth doing? "Thatís a good question. Iím not sure, but I trusted that there was a reason for this remake because, like you said, the original people wanted to make it again. When they made the first movie it was never released in theaters, and they wanted a chance now to make this movie to be released on the big screen, which is where everyone should watch a movie. Thereís something really magical about the cinema. And especially this movie when you watch it, I think people should definitely see it in a movie theater because feeling the audienceís energy around you is a lot of fun. When I saw it at SXSW with an audience, they were cheering, they were laughing, they were screaming, they were crying, they were yelling. It is a blast to have that experience with a bunch of people."
Can you think of something that has been remade that you were not glad to hear about, or something you hope is never remade? "No, I donít really understand why people get upset. You can still have your other movie. You can still enjoy your other movie, and if you really donít want to you donít have to see the new one. But itís not going to erase the fact that the other one ever existed. So no, Iíve never gotten upset by a remake but Iíve seen remakes that were shit. Iíve also not seen remakes because they looked shit. Iím not someone that gets outraged by the thought of a classic movie being made again."
"The only reason it gets annoying is when thatís the only thing being made in Hollywood and itís frustrating because you think that these people are supposed to be artists, and sometimes it feels really uncreative when they just want to remake stuff for money. But thatís not how this movie came about at all. It wasnít about ticket sales for Sony. It was about the original creators--they were very much in charge of the whole movie. And they wanted to make it again, so we got the chance."
Why do you think the horror genre tends to get the treatment more often? "I donít know. Horror fans are die-hard. I feel like they are the truest fans there are out there. And thatís what originally fascinated me about making a horror film, because Iím not one of those people. I donít flock to the theater every time a horror film comes out. But there are people that just live for it. I donít know why they get more angry; I guess theyíre just more passionate."
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