New in Theaters This Week: "The Evil Dead" and "Jurassic Park 3D"
1. "Evil Dead" (R) Theatrical Trailer and Red Band Trailer
The remake of the 1981 horror classic stars Jane Levy from the ABC sitcom "Suburgatory", and Jessica Lucas from "Cloverfield" and the CW's "Cult". Like the original, it's about five friends who find a remote cabin in the woods, where they accidentally unleash evil spirits by reading from an ancient book called the Necronomicon, a.k.a. the Book of the Dead.
Obviously, this looks a lot slicker and more "Hollywood" than the original, but there are some callbacks to the first movie and its sequel. The cabin where all the chaos takes place looks the same, from the outside, at least. There's a scene where trees get a little too friendly with a girl, and a scene where someone hacks off a possessed hand. (Or in this case, a whole arm.) That one's actually a callback to "Evil Dead 2". And while the hacking is done with an electric knife instead of a chainsaw this time, there IS still some chainsaw action.
Bruce Campbell, who starred in the original "Evil Dead" trilogy and is a producer on this one, says the remake definitely doesn't skimp on the gore. (You can listen to him talk about that again in this old MTV interview.)
(The YouTube channel for the remake will also let you record your reactions as you watch the red band trailer to share your squeamishness with friends.)
2. "Jurassic Park (3D)" (PG-13) Trailer
A 3D version of Steven Spielberg's 1993 movie with Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. For anyone who didn't catch it in the past 20 years . . .
It's about a theme park filled with dinosaurs brought to life through the power of cloning. Everything's fine until one of the workers tries to steal some embryos, and shuts off the fences separating the dinosaurs from the scientists.
(You probably forgot, but Samuel L. Jackson is in it too. Unfortunately he does NOT get to deliver the line, "Enough is enough! I have had it with these [monkey fighting] raptors in this [Monday through Friday] park.")