Oh, man. I have far too much fun watching audience reaction videos on YouTube. While it's a tactic that has been around a while, the Paranormal Activity franchise was probably the first to utilize it extensively and use it in a savvy way to promote its films. Now, other horror movies are hopping on the bandwagon, the most recent being Evil Dead, releasing its first TV spot showing people's reactions upon viewing the red band trailer.
The plot revolves around five friends who get holed up in a cabin after hiking in the woods. They soon discover an ancient Book of the Dead, which a nearby archaeologist's tape reveals to have been found in an ancient Sumerian civilization. Of course, in playing the recorded tape and reading from the book, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons from the nearby woods, and all Hell, literally, breaks loose. One by one, the friends are possessed until only one is left to fight for survival.
As an original The Evil Dead and Army of Darkness fan (I will always love , always), I have to say I'm looking forward to this. With an original rating of NC-17, cut down to get under an R rating, this remake looks to be absolutely gory and terrifying, with none of the tongue-in-cheek humor that was firmly entrenched in the original film. It will be interesting to see how the two compare.
Evil Dead chainsaws its way into theaters on April 5th.