Fede Alvarez’ remake of Evil Dead premiered at SXSW a few weeks ago. The film is about five friends who go to a cabin in the woods where they all get possessed by a demon. Lou Taylor Pucci acts the role of Eric, a friend of Mia (Jane Levy) who has gone with her and three friends to a cabin in the woods to help her detox. Evil Dead opens April 5th.
When you signed on for this film, were you prepared for the intensity of it when they sort of talked to you about it?
LOU TAYLOR PUCCI:
Nope. I mean Bruce Campbell was at the audition, which is the reason I went to the audition, and he did make it clear that obviously… But you can’t take somebody’s word for it really. He said, you know, are you ready to get completely fucked up, for all this blood to be in your face every single day, stuck to everything, to hate your life. And I was like, yeah, who wouldn’t, let’s try it, let’s do it.
What’s interesting — you were at the film last night, people went nuts for it — what are your thoughts on the appeal of this level of violence?
I love that this movie doesn’t apologize for itself at all. It’s just exactly what people want and you know sometimes they do get a little weird about what kind of vibes you’re putting out into the world, but I don’t think that… I don’t know, this is just personal, but I don’t think we’re making the world a worse place by having this movie out. It’s disgusting, but it’s real life. It actually kind of homes you in on your limbs being a part of you, your body being a thing that can be maimed or disfigured for life, what that would feel like if you were in that situation where thing were just being take off of you and being stabbed, or you’re losing your life. It’s very, very real. It kind of roots you in your body. It makes you go, Life is scary. Life can be scary.